What's Going On - due to Covid not a lot!

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Thrumster Game and Countryside Fair

August 09, 2019

Thrumster Game and Countryside Fair will be in its 2nd year and feature a fishing competition, a livestock show, clay pigeon competition, various demonstrations, stalls and a dance in the evening

Swartigill Iron Age Dig

August 24, 2019

Swartigill is an area along a burn which has been home to a newly discovered site, in the last phase of the excavations led by Yarrows Heritage Trust through UHI and ORCA substantial structures have been unearthed asfter a phase of geo physics were conducted a few years ago.

This is a community dig, encouraging local volunteers with no experience necessary. 

A talk on Friday 7th Sept at Thrumster Village Hall will update the community on the latest findings.

This was made possible through local funding from Foundation Scotland (Camster) and also the Lybster and Tannach informal learning bursery

Pond dipping with the countryside rangers

July 11, 2018

Pond dipping and open gardens from 1pm to 4pm at Thrumster House, also make your own Dragon fly spotter

Free entry , all children to be accompanied by a responsible adult

Woodland wander

June 08, 2018

We are opening our grounds if you fancy a wander about , bring a picnic if you like, as long as you take any rubbish away with you. from 12pm to 4pm

Snowdrops at Thrumster

January 31, 2019

The woodlands at Thrumster House are full of these beautiful little flowers heralding spring.

We open the gardens for people to come and walk through the woods to see all the different snowdrops here.

Winter Solstice from the Yarrows Hill

December 21, 2017

Our annual winter solstice walk will now be from the Yarrows Trail car park.Meet there at 7:40 to leave 7.45 Watch the sun come up from the Warehouse cairns. Stunning views over the sea from these enigmatic Neolithic burial cairns. Teas and Coffees. Sunrise is 9 a.m. .No charge, but donations to Yarrows Trust most welcome. A reasonable level of fitness is required, as well as warm clothing and footwear.

Thrumster Railway Station

October 08, 2017

The Wick and Lybster Light Railway opened on 1st July 1903. At a little over 22 km it was the last of the Highland railway network to open. Starting from Wick Station the train stopped at Thrumster, Ulbster, Mid Clyth, Occumster on the way to Lybster.

Since the railway closure the station building, a small timber structure, has had a chequered history, gradually deteriorating in condition.

Have restored the station and the the front into a community garden and woodland, the project has been nominated for an award

Swartigill Dig

January 03, 2023

The Swartigill site was identified in a survey carried out in 2004, as some stonework eroding out of the bank of the burn of Swartigill. Initially thought to be a mill serving two post-medieval farmsteads nearby. The Yarrows Heritage Trust cleaned back a section of the stonework, and began to find large quantities of early to late Iron Age ceramics.

A couple of small trenches were dug to identify anomalies identified by geophysics in 2015. The site appears extensive but its purpose is as yet unclear. Large assemblages of decorated pottery, stone tools, quern stones and a small copper alloy decorative item were recovered from a very restricted first exploratory dig. It appears to have been occupied in the period before and leading up to the appearance of the broch towers, of which there are several in the area. Our aim this year is to define the character of the settlement and explore its relation to other Iron Age remains in the Yarrows landscape

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