Drystone dyking training day

Castletown Heritage Society operates the Castlehill Heritage Centre as an educational resource for visitors, local students and school children and the local community. Through a programme of interpretive exhibitions and interactive workshops, we seek to stimulate and sustain interest in and understanding of the history, heritage, vernacular skills, biodiversity and physical environment of Castletown and the parish of Olrig. Our aim is to preserve and maintain the unique heritage of our community within both local Caithness and broader Highland contexts.

To see events and activities from previous years, click here:

2012 2013

Guided village walk


All events take place in Castlehill Heritage Centre unless otherwise stated

Event detail colour key - those highlighted in GREEN are confirmed, those in GREY are yet to be confirmed

(Completed 2016 event reports in BLUE at bottom of listing)


Third Thursday of every month from 7pm - 9pm

Castlehill Spinning Group

Returning spinners and new spinners most welcome.

Come along and have a try. Demo wheel available. Come and be inspinnerised!!

To find out more and register interest, click HERE

Monday evenings

7 - 9pm

Castlehill Artists

Our very popular painting workshop with Helen Moore.

Sessions run from 7-9pm on Monday evenings at a cost of £8 per evening plus materials. Juniors and OAPs £5. Beginners are especially welcome

To find out more and register interest, click HERE

Every Wed, Sat & Sun afternoon

2pm - 4pm

Winter Exhibition - Getting the message across

Our Winter Exhibition depicts communications in the parish through the ages, from word of mouth and the written word, through dispatch riders, beacons on hills, postal system, newspapers, telephone and fax, to radio, television, and the internet

To find out more and register interest, click HERE



The 2016 programme of activities is starting to talk shape and will get underway later this month with the first of our series of evening talks:

Wednesday January 20th 2016 - Angela Simpson from Forsinard with a talk entitled "Flows to the Future - a Landscape of Global Significance".

Wednesday February 10th 2016 - Caroline Wickham-Jones on "Underwater Survey and Changing Landscape of Prehistoric Orkney".

Tuesday 15th March 2016 - Muriel Murray present the fascinating social history of James Smith Esq. of Olrig.

Wednesday 20th April 2016 will be our AGM where we will be delighted to welcome Anne Dunnett, Lord Lieutenant of Caithness as guest speaker. Her topic will be "Feuar, Tenant, Wadsetter - An Insight into Land Tenure of Yesteryear".

Also, after much searching and asking we have now found a tutor for the Rag Rug Workshop. Clemency Crowe has agreed to take a class on Saturday 2nd April 2016. This is likely to be a very popular workshop - click here to register early notification of interest to avoid disappointment.

All talks and the workshop will take place in Castlehill Heritage Centre. Talks start at 7.30pm prompt.


Watch this space for confirmed dates and further details, alternatively:

CONTACT US by email or phone 01847 821 204

To book a place on an event, email or phone as above

Please ensure you make it clear which event you wish to book!