Join archaeologists cutting the first turfs of the Dunyvaig excavation, walk with us to Dun Fhinn and hear of deserted townships, and visit our talks to hear about the finds at the Giant’s Grave.

Wednesday 8: Hunter-gatherers on Islay

The Museum of Islay Life | 7.00 | 9.00pm

Join Islay Heritage at The Museum of Islay Life for the presentation of early prehistoric artefacts excavated from Rubha Port an t-Seilich, and to see how these had been made from beach pebbles more than 10,000 years ago.


Thursday 9: Islay Heritage at the Islay Show

Islay Show Ground | 10.00am–5.00pm

Visit Islay Heritage at the Islay Show, to see its exhibition about the forthcoming Dunyvaig excavation and a display of prehistoric tool making by Will Lord


Friday 10: Archaeology Walk to Dun Fhinn

Depart from Kintour Farm | Depart at 2.00pm | Return at 5.00pm

Join Dr Darko Maričević on a walk to Iron Age Dun Fhinn, site of a recent Islay Heritage excavation, and to the deserted township of Craigfinn. Boots and waterproofs requires; strenuous


Saturday 11: Excavation at Dunyvaig castle

Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle (ICCI, The Gaelic College), Bowmore | 7.00–9.00pm

Come and here Professor Steven Mithen talk about the Dunyvaig excavation project that will begin on the 12 August, and find out how to become involved


Sunday 12: Breaking Ground at Dunyvaig

Dunyvaig Castle | Park at Lagavulin car park | 11.00am–1.00pm

Bring a spade and join the archaeologists to start the Dunyvaig excavation


Monday 13: South Islay Trail

Depart at 1.00pm from Port Ellen Primary School | Finish at Lagavulin at 4.00pm

From the Neolithic to the Medieval and beyond: Join Niall Colthart on a walk to visit the prehistoric and historic monuments of South Islay



Tuesday 14: Excavation at the Neolithic Giant’s Grave

Islay Natural History Centre | 7.00–9.00pm

Come and hear Dr Darko Maričević describe what was discovered during three-years of excavation at the Neolithic Chambered cairn, and the on-going research