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Dig Glengarnock Castle

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The ruins of Glengarnock Castle
Join DigVentures and help to excavate a ruined medieval castle in Scotland. (Credit: DigVentures)

Glengarnock Castle lies just two miles from the town of Kilbirne, and only twenty-two miles from the city of Glasgow. Perched on a narrow outcrop overlooking the River Garnock, the site has incredible views over the surrounding landscape, and is naturally defended by a brawling stream that rushes through a rocky ravine over eighty feet below.

In 1839, this impressive three-storey castle was struck by a huge storm. Today, only half the Keep, a central courtyard, and a vaulted chamber remain standing; the rest lies buried below ground.

Can you help DigVentures reveal more of the original ground-plan? Can we untangle the rest of the ruins? Will we unearth features that were previously unknown, or make new discoveries about its age? Was the castle first built in 1450s? Or was the keep simply a reinforcement to a much older fortress? How much more of this castle is there to be discovered, and protected? Join DigVentures’ friendly team of archaeologists and find out.

You’ll learn how to excavate, interpret your discoveries and record them like a pro. There’ll also be plenty of opportunities to try additional archaeological skills. Most importantly, the things you discover will make a genuine contribution to our understanding of the past.


Location: Glengarnock Castle, North Ayrshire
Region: Scotland
Time period: Medieval
Accommodation provided: No
Level of experience required: No prior experience needed
Academic credit available: Not directly, but we can provide a letter of support which can be converted into credit by the institution
Extra on-excavation activities: Online events will be listed at https://digventures.com/calendar closer to the time – will include a Virtual Tour and at least one other talk/workshop. People can also support the dig as a Digital Crowdfunder and follow our process online (cost: £10-£75).
Age limit: Suitable for all ages with specific sessions suitable for children aged aged 12-16 (DigClub)
Dates: May 14-22
Cost: £185 – £920
Contact name: DigVentures
Contact address: Witham Studios #5, Hall Street, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8JB
Contact telephone: +44 (0) 333 011 3990
Contact email: [email protected]
Website address: https://digventures.com
Social media:
Twitter – @TheDigVenturers
Instagram – @digventures
Facebook – @DigVentures

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