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Caithness charity campaign for visitor attraction has site agreed

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Plans for the Caithness Broch Project are progressing. 

A charity campaign to bring an archaeological visitor attraction to the north of Scotland has agreed plans for a site for the project. 

The Caithness Broch Project is a Scottish charity dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and conservation of Caithness archaeology and heritage sites.

The idea of a replica broch being built in Caithness was first raised in 2012, before the group was fully registered as a charity in 2015. 

Now, the Caithness Broch Project has identified an area north of Latheron known as Flygla as the preferred site for its “Big Broch Build”. 

The charity’s chairman, Robin Herrick, told Scottish Construction Now: “We have found the owner and local representatives to be very supportive of our outline plans, and we look forward to consulting with the local residents and stakeholders in the coming weeks to ensure their insights and concerns are integral to the project’s next steps.”

Residents in the Latheron, Lybster and Clyth community council area are now being asked for their views on a proposal to build a replica Iron Age broch in their district.

Leaflets, including a questionnaire, will be sent to households in the community at the end of November, with two public information events to be held in Latheron in early December. 

Brochs are massive circular stone towers woven into the archaeological landscape of Caithness, and are the tallest prehistoric structures found in the British Isles.

The towers were built by the northern Caledonian tribes 2,000 years ago during the middle Iron Age, between 400 BC and 100 AD.

Chair of Latheron, Lybster and Clyth Community Council, Alan Tanner has welcomed the proposal. He told Scottish Construction Now: This ambitious project is spurred on by great enthusiasm and determination on behalf of the Broch Project committee and deserves all our support as a community.”