Eight thousand years in Scalpsie

After the most enjoyable Spring Awakening walk last month, we are very much looking forward to the second walk in the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme and Bute Connections Walks of Interest series for the year.

On Tuesday 29 March Paul Duffy, professional archaeologist and Deputy Manager for Discover Bute LPS, will be taking us from the Lower Scalpsie car park and following the path to the beach. But in this short distance of 400 metres he can show us 8,000 years of history.

Scalpsie is a landscape of world heritage class in terms of what it has to offer geologically and archaeologically. The area shows signs of human occupation dating from 8000 BC to the present day. On the walk we are able to see evidence of a Neolithic chambered cairn, a Bronze Age barrow, an Iron Age fortified settlement or Dun, and a church site and mill sites from the early Medieval period. When you come on this walk you will appreciate the richness and diversity of the Scalpsie area and get an idea of the impact of human occupation.

The second world war and the cold war history can also be related to things you will see in the landscape of Scalpsie. But if you want to find out more, if you have questions such as, “What was found at a Bronze Age barrow?”, then come along and join Paul in this fascinating walk back through time. In Scalpsie you will see representations of the entire history of Bute that will change your perceptions of the landscape and the place in which you live.

Meet us on Tuesday 29th March at Guildford Square at 11.00 am for car sharing. The walk will last approximately 60 minutes. Then we will return to Guildford Square with the car share, all the richer and wiser for our experience.