Lochbroom History

Lochbroom Archaeology - Lost Inverlael

The community of Inverlael, near Ullapool, had at one time consisted of more than fifty families.  However, in the winter of 1819, the inhabitants were evicted by the landowner, George Steuart Mackenzie of Coul, in order that sheep farms might replace their lands.

Some families moved to larger towns in the Highlands, while others made the decision to emigrate.  The foundations of their homes remain as ruins among trees of what is now Inverlael forest.

The history of that township is to be rediscovered through a two-year community archaeology project entitled Lost Inverlael:  Finding Balblair.  Through the endeavours of Ullapool Museum. a grant of £68,000 has been awarded by Historic Environment Scotland along with funding from Forestry and Land Scotland. 

Inverlael's history will be investigated through community digs, archive research, genealogy workshops, activity days and interactive tours.

In addition to the archaeology programme, there will be a research project concerning ancestors who lived in Inverlael and Balblair and the stories of their lives through their descendants.

Anyone reading this information who can help with the project should contact Ullapool Museum - www.ullapoolmuseum.co.uk 

or email - curator@ullapoolmuseum.co.uk 

At the time of uploading preliminary information the UK is in shut-down due to the Coronavirus and it may be some time before additional information can be uploaded to this RCHS webpage.  

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