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North Sutherland Seashore Festival 2014

On Saturday 3rd May Strathnaver Museum and Caithness and Sutherland Countryside Rangers, as part of the Highland Seashore Biodiversity Project, will present North Sutherland’s very own Seashore Festival. The Festival will be held in Bettyhill Village Hall from 10am until 4pm.

The Seashore Festival will celebrate the culture and heritage of the seashore with fun activities for all the family. Explore the role of fishing in Strathnaver, learn about the species which are found around the coast, examine Norse and Gaelic place names and help to create a special seashore collage to mark the first Festival.

Storyteller Bob Pegg will also attend with Stories and Sounds of the Sea including tales of Selkies, Finmen, giant girls and magic millstones. Listen to music made with shells and stones, flutes of wood and bone, squeeze boxes and many other amazing instruments. Come along and tell your stories and help to make a Story Map of the north coast. The Festival will also host traditional musicians’ and singers’ to entertain you while you enjoy a complimentary lunch.

As this year also marks the bicentenary of the Strathnaver Clearances you will also have the chance to help make some special Mailboats’ based on the Strathnaver Museum’s very own St Kilda Mailboat. The boats will be launched at the end of the Festival and contain messages from Strathnaver.

Frances Gunn, Director with Strathnaver Museum said “We are delighted to be working with the Countryside Ranger to stage the Seashore Festival in this special year of commemoration which marks 200 years since the beginning of the Strathnaver Clearances”.

Paul Castle, Countryside Ranger, Highland Council said “The sea and coast have played a major part in the everyday life of folk here in the far north. This seashore festival in North Sutherland will allow locals and visitors to celebrate that historical and present day special relationship”.