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DUNBEATH HERITAGE CENTRE
Preservation Trust is based in the Heritage Centre situated just two
minutes from the new Dunbeath bypass on the A9 north of Inverness.
The centre is located in the former village school where the famous
novelist Neil M Gunn began his schooling. Easily reached by
following the signs from the A9, a visit makes an enjoyable and
interesting day trip for all.
Dunbeath Estate, a modern highland estate has established a fold of traditional Highland Cattle. The work of the Trust is also shown with research projects and archaeological digs being planned and undertaken. A photographic collection and family trees are also part of an extensive archive.
There are many excellent walks in and around Dunbeath, including the strath, the seashore and the harbour area, all immortalised in the novels of Neil M Gunn. The Strath Trail enables the visitor to explore the beautiful and unique aspects of Dunbeath strath and discover its history, flora and fauna - many kinds of animals (including deer), birds, trees and wild flowers can be seen by the careful observer. (A separate leaflet is available giving full details of the Strath Trail).
What's On for Walks and events
The centre has a wealth of information on the area's archaeology, wildlife and genealogy. Also in the study room are a growing range of books including those by Neil Gunn. There are growing range of family histories available for anyone researching their local roots.
Regular walks take place led alternately by the Highland Ranger Service and Nan Bethune the resident archaeologist. Check the centre for dates , times and subject of the walks that vary over the summer months.
The area has a very long history about which much is still being uncovered. With over 6000 years of evidence the area has much still to be discovered. The last couple of hundred years are well documented and the centre is fast becoming the first port of call for many academics from writers, historians and archaeologists. With recent discoveries in the county Dunbeath has become one of the focal points in gathering together the information and making it possible for new trusts such as the Caithness Archaeology Trust and the Yarrows Heritage Trust to come into being in the last few months.
The centre has a lot to offer the casual visitor or the more demanding academic. If you have visited before then you may be surprised at the huge changes within the building .................