Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund: Our Projects
Kilmartin Museum. This project will renovate Kilmartin Museum into a modern visitor attraction and learning centre. The work will involve remodelling the existing buildings and adding a new extension. Improved visitor facilities will include a re-modelled shop, café with modern kitchen and overflow car park. Outdoor interpretation and digital interpretation will enhance the quality of the visitor experience.
The Coast that Shaped the World. A project led by West Highland College UHI. It will create a website, app and programme of digital exhibitions along the west coast of Scotland narrating the maritime stories of coastal communities. It will convey how maritime, cultural, and natural heritage helped to shape the world. Local stories will be mapped and gathered, creating the website and app to inspire potential tourists
Uibhist Virtual Archaeology Project. This project will be delivered by Lews Castle College UHI and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. The project will create a series of augmented reality experiences for seven archaeological sites located along the Hebridean Way walking route. Complementary mixed-media exhibitions will be established at fixed locations. The augmented reality and mixed-media products will combine interactive reconstruction images of archaeological sites with multimedia information adding detail and depth to the visualizations.
Ulva Cultural Heritage Project. During this project, delivered by North West Mull Community Woodland Company, Ulva House will be conserved and refurbished, bringing it into public use as a visitor centre. A research project with the University of the Highlands and Islands will investigate further the story of the people of Ulva and the wider impact they have had on the world. A website will include information and interpretation. Ulva House Garden will be restored by volunteers.
Dundreggan Rewilding Centre. Trees for Life plan to construct a centre at Dundreggan where people can experience an ancient pinewood and unique juniper forest, and discover more about Gaelic history and rewilding. It will feature interpretation about Dundreggan’s natural heritage, engagement with Gaelic culture, forest play facilities, accessible trails, outdoor learning and events, indoor study and research, along with improvements to the wider natural heritage.
Corrieshalloch Gorge Gateway to Nature. A National Trust for Scotland project to create a new visitor centre, constructed to form a gateway to Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Measach. New path networks with wayfinding and signage will be developed and car parking provision will be improved and expanded.
Wildlife Watch Abernethy. The RSPB Loch Garten Osprey Centre will be reconfigured to increase its capacity without extending the footprint of the building. These improvements will provide enhanced views of wildlife and the Caledonian forest. Natural light and solar heat will enable the current opening season to be extended from five months to eight months each year.
Access to Orkney Heritage. This Orkney Islands Council project will create greater access to heritage sites and assets across the smaller isles of the Orkney archipelago. The project will improve interpretation information about the sites and improve dedicated trails and routes which have been developed to encapsulate the main heritage locations of each isle.
Strathnaver Museum. This redevelopment project will conserve the historic church that houses the current museum and improve the visitor experience. In addition the project will secure the condition and integrity of the collections, extend outreach work across the area, increase the services offered on site, increase the number of staff and improve the retail and research spaces.