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Background

The Burn of Whilk wind farm development planning consent condition 21 required that:

 

No development shall commence until an Access and Heritage Interpretation Plan shall be submitted to and agreed in writing with the Planning Authority. The Access and Heritage Interpretation Plan will detail which archaeological sites should have their access improved and which sites would benefit from interpretation, along with proposals for maintaining and encouraging public access to the archaeological resource as well as details of signage and promotion of a Heritage Trail. Utilising the proposed new access to the site a new visitor trail will be implemented and linked to the existing yarrows Archaeological trail. The Access and Interpretation Plan shall include:-

•  Provision for production of educational packs based on the archaeological sites in the

    Yarrows/Warehouse area for dissemination in local schools.

•  Details of provisions for improving the visitor experience at the existing Yarrows Archaeological Trail,

   including way markers, footpath improvements, leaflets, interpretation and use of new media.

•  Details of a community programme to engage with the archaeological resource including

   field surveys, ground truthing of LiDAR survey and excavation.In consultation with the Highland Council Archaeology

   Unit and other relevant stakeholders implementation of the Plan is required as part of this condition.


Reason: To improve access and interpretation across this development site, whilst securing a measure of control and protection

of valued local archaeology.


Yarrows Archaeological Trail Improvement

Phase 1

AOC Archaeology,  assisted by volunteers, conducted an excavation of two cairns, Warehouse South and Warehouse West. The joint aims of the project were to investigating the nature of the two cairns and improving the presentation and interpretation of the monuments for the general public.