The Trust has a group of knowledgeable local guides who are available to take organised parties - including school groups - for guided walks.
We can also come to you and give an audio visual presentation or workshop. Our main historical topics are:
The Roman Fort
Built c142AD as an outlier of the Antonine wall, the fort became a base for the campaigns in the north by Septimius Severus (c208 AD) and was occupied even later. Notice boards erected throughout the site provide further insight into the Roman occupation.
The 18th Century Village
The Kirk, Kirkyard, Manse, Tower, Glebe, school, village houses and lairds' mansion and grounds add up to an exceptionally complete picture of an 18th century Scottish village. Four successive homes of the lairds show architectural developments and indicate increasing prosperity of the landowners. This went with increasing separation from the people, culminating in 1826 in the destruction of half the village in a clearance to 'improve' the estate.
The Iron Mills
Between 1752 and 1860, a range of products such as nails and shovels were produced in a riverside “black country”. You can still see two of the four water driven mills with their lades, connecting tramway and a wharf. Workers lived in tied cottages beside the lower and upper mills and the managing director could oversee everything from his house up on the hill. The mills were owned by Carron Company (1759-1771) and by Cadell family (1771-1860).
Accessible usually only during 4 hours per day at low tide, the island has been used from the 12th Century when it was owned by the Bishop of Dunkeld. Although most of the remains on the site are part of the World War 2 defences the guides will introduce you to the farming, holidaying as well as defensive use of the island. Your guide will advise the safest time for your walk out to the island for your tour.
If you are venturing out to the island yourselves, please check the notices on the esplanade for safe crossing times BEFORE you leave.
The guides are happy to provide a bespoke service to capture your own interests in the village life. Most walks start or finish at the Maltings to give visitors an opportunity to check out the exhibition and publications on their walk.