Opening up Iron-Age views

Forest Enterprise Scotland is to start work on improving the visitor area at the Iron Age site of the Craig Phadrig hill fort, just outside Inverness.

The work, which is expected to last for three weeks starting 12th August, will involve tree felling and chipping between the car parks at the site.

Some car parking spaces will be closed off to ensure that no vehicles are damaged and to allow heavy machinery access to the site but the forest trails that take people up on to the Iron-Age hill fort will not be affected.

Jack Mackay of Forest Enterprise Scotland's team in Inverness, Ross & Skye, said;

“Craig Phadrig is a fantastic site and probably one of the most impressive of the hundreds of sites that are hidden away on the national forest estate. It’s a very atmospheric place that gives visitors a glimpse into the distant past and of what life might have been like here thousands of years ago.

“The felling works that we’ll be doing will make the site even more appealing and visually arresting by opening up some of the incredible views across the city and the landscape round about. It will make it easy to see why Iron Age people would have picked such a great vantage point to build a stronghold.”

As well as opening up spectacular views, the felling will let more light into the site and encourage a wider range of ground cover plants to grow. It follows similar works at Ord Hill carried out last year to great acclaim.

 “The trails and the site will remain open and although we’ll do everything we can to work unobtrusively, we really need visitors to help us out. Anyone coming to the site should observe site signage, stay away from the areas where we’ll be working and stay away from the machinery. It might also be a good idea to keep dogs under close control too.

“We appreciate that the works might cause some inconvenience and we’d like to thank people for their understanding and co-operation in advance.

Whilst works are ongoing, regular visitors looking for a quieter woodland walk could choose from other nearby sites, including Ord Hill, Culloden, Reelig Glen or Daviot.

Notes to editors

1. First built in the Iron Age ( c300 BC) the fort was abandoned, burned and later re-occupied as the headquarters of a powerful Pictish king.

2  Craig Phadrig is just a few minutes’ drive from the centre of Inverness. Take the A862 heading for Beauly, cross the canal bridge at Muirtown and turn left at the second set of lights onto King Brude Road, following signs for Kinmylies and Leachkin. At the next traffic lights turn right towards Leachkin. After ⅓ mile turn right onto Leachkin Brae. The main car park is ¼ mile (400 metres) up this road on the right; there’s a smaller car park just before this. The main car park is at grid reference NH 638 449.

3. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate.

4. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.

5. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.