King's Seat Community Archaeology Project

Known as 'The Fort of the Caledonians', King's Seat Hillfort is situated on the summit of King's Seat - a prominent hill on a major bend in the River Tay east of Dunkeld. With such a dominating position in Strath Tay, King's Seat is not just a dramatic geographical feature in the landscape but a fascinating choice of location for human activity in the past.

While the site is designated as nationally important, little is actually understood about its date, development or heritage value, as only basic plans exist of surviving earthworks, which do not reveal the sites full complexity.

This project aims to celebrate the site by engaging volunteers form the local community, led by professionals, to archaeologically excavate the site over three years, to publish the findings and incorporate the information into outreach material to provide interpretation for the local community and visitors to the site.


Interested in King's Seat? Why not Volunteer!

The first excavation will take place from the 7th to 19th September 2017 (excluding 12th & 13th). Join us in uncovering the story of this ancient landscape by volunteering and experiencing the full range of archaeological techniques employed. Alternatively you could join our place-names expert to research the place-names and legends associated with the site.

It is free to take part and is a once in a lifetime opportunity to help unlock the secrets of this hidden gem.

If you are interested in volunteering please register your interest in the form below:


Project Partners:

This project is a partnership between Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust (PKHT) and the Dunkeld and Birnam Historical Society. 


Project Funders: