Sùil air Àird Chiabhaig
The aim of the "Focus on Ardchiavaig" project, which commenced in April 2017, was to help revive appreciation and gain more understanding of the heritage of the deserted rural township of Ardchiavaig (Aird Chiabhaig: Gaelic). The project involved an archaeological survey, digital documentary making, exploration of the natural environment, arranging reminiscences and researching archival materials. View the video above for a complete overview of the survey and some fascinating insights about the people who lived there, and their fate.
In June 2017, a film competition for young people, aged between 5 and 16 years, called "Let's Get Started", was launched and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. RoMHC took part in the competition, providing an introduction to filming for children in the Ross of Mull who were invited to make a film about a deserted township. Local film expert, Alasdair Satchel provided the children with tips on how to get started on their individual films.
A week-long archaeological survey took place in July 2017, with people invited to participate and find out what lay beneath the soil of Ardchiavaig. This involved working on the archaeological survey, learning how to sketch and photograph the findings.
Click here to listen to a fascinating podcast about the history of Mull and the work of Clare Ellis with Ardchiavaig
The Ross of Mull is an extraordinary microcosm of all that draws visitors to the Hebridean Islands. The scenery, as you travel along the single-track road from the ferry at Craignure is breath-taking. You experience in the many walks in the area a true sense of wilderness; the secret bays with their beaches of silvery sand, the abundance of wildlife and the innumerable marks on the landscape of the lives of past generations and communities long gone. The Ross of Mull is a compelling place for anyone fascinated by history and the ancient way of life of the Gaelic people.
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