History of the Area
Caithness and Sutherland have long histories – in
both geological and human timescales.
The North-West of the highlands has recently been denoted
one of Europe’s Geoparks in recognition of the area's
outstanding geology and landscape. The 2000 square km area
takes in some of the finest mountain and coastal landscapes
in Britain and contains a wealth of classic geological localities.
There are also a significant number of historical and archaeological
With regard to people - from the early evidence of human
habitation in Scotland, through the Norse settlements to
the "Clearances", crofting and recent land reform,
the human story can be traced in this unique landscape that
dates back over 9,000 years.
For a real connection with the past, get involved with Highland Archaeology Fortnight in October - an annual series of organised site visits, lectures and other events - for more information click here
There is also Scottish Archaeology Month in September - click here for more info.