Yarrows Heritage Trust is dedicated to the promotion and research into the built and natural environment of the Yarrows area.   We co-ordinate and facilitate research, run events, and provide clear and interesting information to local people and the public at large.

Yarrows Broch:
Angus Mackay photography

For Highland Archaeology Festival join Martin Carruthers UHIwhere he will be talking about teh recent excavation of Swartigill. Colleen Batey will also be discussig finds from Freswick Links.
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Yarrows through the ages

The Yarrows basin has evidence to have been home to people since the Mesolithic era, also known as the middle stone age, spanning as far back as 8000 BC these were hunter gatherers using flint tools to hunt, very little built evidence is left of this age. . The Bronze age 2000BC left Caithness unique monuments of stone rows one of which are at Yarrows. Into the Iron age 700BC  was the age of the brochs, great buildings still evident in our landscape today along with their cairns and standing stones leaving marks of their lives to be retold centuries into the future.

Natural Heritage

The natural environment of Yarrows is  is one of great diversity, with a range of habitats, from small-scale mixed cultivation on the crofts, areas of  deep peat,  open moorland and coastal cliffs.  

The Trust have planted a small woodland and created a wildflower meadow and wildlife pond on their own property at Thrumster.

Projects

Since our formation in 2002, the Trust have carried out a wide range of projects, beginning with the Oliclett Mesolithic site, dating from up to 10,000 years ago, the era of the Hunter/Gatherers.. Since then, we have carried out numerous archaeological research projects , restored the l old railway station at Thrumster,  laid out new footpaths, planted some woodland, held  two prehistoric festivals, and hosted the 2019 Rhind lectures.  Most of our projects involve local school children. 

Pre historic festival