Anyone driving along the A82 between Glencoe and Ballachulish at the moment would have noticed all the scaffolding up around the slate arch just before the turn-off into Blalchulish village.
It’s part of a £277,000 restoration project with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Highland Council and Historic Environment Scotland (formerly Historic Scotland). The plan includes the creation of new interpretive materials produced in partnership with local people. A successful community oral heritage project to gather local stories and memories about the quarries has already taken place and work is currently underway to use the information gathered to design new panels and an app. The path to the arch, along with paths within the East Quarry, will also be upgraded.
People interested in learning about slate building techniques are being invited to attend a free two-day course in Ballachulish on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th March 2016. It is open to anyone with a personal or professional interest in using slate to build features such as dykes, cairns, plinths and seating etc. It follows on from a similar course held last December in the village as part of the same project, but new participants are also welcome to attend.
The programme for the two days will focus on hands-on training, including helping to build a new stone plinth which will be part of new interpretation at the East Quarry in Ballachulish. All tools and protective clothing will be provided. The course is free of charge but places are limited and must be booked in advance
For further information or to book a place, please contact Helen Smith email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 079 105 24037. Helen would also be delighted to hear from locals with slate building experience interested in coming along to share their knowledge and skills.