The iron age fort at Dun Canna, just north of Ullapool, has been home to people for over 2 and a half thousand years. Evidence has been found that the original inhabitants used to break down and store their litter in middens in the caves around the coast. In recent years marine waste, plastic and storm blown rubbish has accumulated on the beach and is even buried into the soil above the shoreline.
On Saturday May the 20th we are inviting volunteers to help us battle this pollution and try to reclaim the beach.
We have invited othergroups including Marine COnservation Society, Surfers Against Sewage andlocal youth groups to join us and would appreciate help from anyone that can spare even a small amount of time.
Local archaeologist Anna Welti is going to be on hand to give talks about the fort and the Viking Fish trap that was built in the bay around 800 AD so a great opportunity to learn about the importnace of this local site whilsthelping clean it up.
Keanchulish Estate are offering to assist remove the rubbish collected with a tractor/trailer and Wester Ross Fisheries are hopefully going to have a couple of assault craft on hand to take out wood and safe burnable rubbish which will be going to Isle Martin where there is a weekend festical of activities taking place from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st. We hope to be able tojoin them after we finish to celebrate our work.
Ferries to and from Isle Martin will be going from Ardmair throughout the day so you can pop over to their activites before or after visiting Dun Canna. (Boats might be going between us and the island but is weather and tide dependent).
To get to Dun Canna, drive to the car park at Blughasary and then it is a walk of about 1.5 milesinto the site. Please wear good footwear and clothing for possible weather… Also bring along pack lunches and water.
Hopefully a good opportunity to try and tackle some of the rubbish on our shores, learn about and see Dun Canna fort and maybe even have some fun…