Port à Charrain

20 January 2013

Comann Eachdraidh has begun a series of monthly walkovers of the historic sites of Lismore, in order to photograph and record as much of the archaeological evidence as possible.

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Twelve hardy souls gathered at the ruined village of Port à Charrain on a very cold January afternoon. We photographed every ruin and    noticed signs of early modernisation in some buildings, a possible footbridge across a burn, which may have been used for    taking carts into the surrounding fields, and what seems to have been a mill lade. Celm Portcharron Walkover 20 Jan 2013 080

We recorded the site at Taylochan where    the celebrated scholar Alexander Carmichael once lived and also photographed the rather mysterious stone mound, or henge,    between the village and the Heritage Centre. All the volunteers survived the cold weather and enjoyed tea and discussion    in the cafe afterwards! celm Portcharron Walkover 20 Jan 2013 090 Celm Portcharron Walkover 20 Jan 2013 092

The photographic evidence and GPS  fixes are now being collated and will form the first part of an eventual complete record of the island’s archaeology.

Script  Douglas Thorburn