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The Bone Caves of Inchnadamph

Assynt - a wild, rugged and incredibly ancient landscape. Bleak and rocky, yet with beautiful sandy beaches and strange, lonely mountains that stand out like giants in a landscape of rock, moor and countless lochans. Even the name Assynt, derived from an Old Norse word meaning ‘ridge end’, reflects this harsh, rocky terrain.

This is a landscape virtually untouched by man, but where the rocks most definitely have their stories to tell. Stories that are so ancient, and yet so visible in the rock itself that the whole area has been designated part of the North West Highlands Geopark, itself part of both the European and UNESCO Global Geopark Networks.

We were staying in Ullapool and had been told of the remarkable remains that had been found in caves at Inchnadamph - the Bone Caves. That seemed a strange name; but then this was a strange landscape. We learned that thanks to the discovery of ancient bones in these four hillside caves, archaeologists have been able to unravel 45,000 years of life in this area, back to a distant past when bears, wolves, reindeer, lynx, arctic lemmings and even polar bears roamed the land.

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iScot Magazine March 2017 116 quality pages from THE ONLY TRULY INDEPENDENT PRO SCOTTISH MAGAZINE PUBLISHER HQ'd IN SCOTLAND. "The one with the Up Helly Aa front cover" Featuring the best writers in Scotland today Robbie Dinwoodie, Tom Morton, Derek Bateman, Wee Ginger Dug, Jennifer Harper, Grousebeater, Major Bloodnok, Zoe Weir, Vivien Martin, Dave Bowman, Mary Edward, David McVey, Alyn Smith MEP, Peter A Bell, Dr Steve McCabe, Dr Jamie Reid Baxter, Delia Forrest, Ann MacKinnon, Indy Lawyer, Fiona Nicholson and Jason Michael McCann