Reconstructing the past

Today, Forestry Commission Scotland looks after the remains of the township of Leitir Fura for people to visit and explore.

At first the site was overgrown and many of the houses had trees growing in them, with tree roots often damaging the remains of the houses and other buildings.

Archaeologists surveyed the site to understand better what exactly remained and to help decide how best to look after it. As an example, they identified which trees needed to be removed to protect what was left of the township.

If you explore the site, you may notice that the foundations of some of the buildings are more upstanding or obvious than others. Some houses were built earlier than others. In fact it may be that stone from older buildings was used to build newer ones.

The information gathered has helped create a reconstruction drawing of Leitir Fura, a picture of what the township might have looked like over two hundred years ago.