As part of North Uist’s Sollas Week this year a talk will be given about the Udal Archive Project with Deborah Anderson, Comhairle Archaeologist and Lead Researcher Beverly Ballin Smith discussing the post excavation currently being done on the archive.
The Udal is a historic site of national and international importance within the region and the talk will be followed by a question and answer session where those present will be given the opportunity to give their views and also find out more about how the project will be progressed in future years.
It is also hoped that there will be people present who remember the dig taking place or maybe even took part in it.
Another highlight of Seachdainn Sholais will be Lachie’s Annual Trek. This is led by Lachie MacInnes and is a coastal walk of approximately 13 miles from Gerrann Mill along the shoreline past Skipinish, Grenitote, Ard a Mhorain, with a detour to see the Udal before heading to Vailish and along Traigh Iar and finishing back at the marquee in Malacleit.
Other popular events are back as well including the Quiz night, Clay Pigeon, Local Produce Market and the Promise Auction – go along to bid for anything from a specially made birthday cake or scones to babysitting or a day’s labour at the peats, perhaps event a boat trip to one of the off-shore islands.
Sollas are also excited to welcome back the dynamic trio of Deoch ‘n’ Doras, the popular lively ceilidh band to play at a dance in the marquee on Wednesday 27 July plus there will be a traditional ceilidh/ concert the following evening with a host of local dancers, singers and musicians including Mod gold medallist Gilbert MacMillan.
For more information about Sollas week log on to: http://www.scotlandsislands.com/festivals-events/info/278/seachdainn-sholais--sollas-week-2011