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Archaeology at Ben Lomond

February 5, 2008

Ben LomondBen Lomond is Scotland’s most southerly munro (mountain over 3000ft high) and one of country’s most acclaimed landmarks.

Much of the property is designated as a site of special interest, because it holds remnants of the full range of upland plant communities, from low to high altitude.

It also supports a tenant sheep farm, and is one of the most popular hill walks in Scotland.

Type of work you could do

This camp is aimed at those who would like to find out more about the history of the mountain now at the centre of Scotland’s first National Park. Survey work has identified over 200 archaeological features on the hill slopes above Rowardennan.

Recently the NTS Ben Lomond Ranger, Alasdair Eckersall, has created a Hidden History Trail at Ardess. In order to find out more about the archaeological features on this trail we shall be undertaking survey plans of some of the sites and some small-scale excavations.

The slopes of Ben Lomond are quite steep and participants must be fit enough to walk uphill carrying survey equipment and digging tools.

Excavation work can also be quite physical and will involve de-turfing with spades, excavation with trowels and back-filling at the end. You will be working alongside two of the Trust’s archaeologists who will provide instruction.

Accommodation summary

You will be staying at the Rowardennan Youth Hostel (OS grid ref 56 GR 359 992) on the bonny banks of Loch Lomond. There are fabulous views from the hostel lounge overlooking the Loch. The hostel is well equipped, warm and comfortable with showers, lounge, dinning room, telephone, and drying room. Please note duvets and bed linen are provided. Be prepared to share the hostel with other visitors.

There are only 7 places available

Dates: 5 -12 April 2008

Cost:  £120


The National Trust for Scotland has other Thistle Camps which you can volunteer for.  They mainly involve conservation work and maintenance.  They are very popular and places fill up very quickly.

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