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? Come Visit and Watch This Space!

The first excavation is taking place between the 7th and 19th September 2017 (excluding 12th & 13th). Why not join our guided walk on 13th September or come up to the hillfort and visit us while we're digging to discover the secrets of the hillfort as they emerge. Alternatively check out the project blog below for the latest news and the dig diary.

Project News & Updates

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Project Partners:

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


Project Funders: