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Forgotten village open for visits
Daingean remains
The remains are over 300 years old
The remains of a village, emptied during the Highland Clearances and rediscovered after more than a century, have been opened to the public.

Daingean, near Glengarry, was cleared for sheep in the 1700s and obscured by trees until it was found by a forester five years ago.

Perched on the west side of Loch Ness, it offers a glimpse of Scottish village life that has been lost for centuries.

A new heritage trail around the remains was officially opened on Thursday.

Forester Allan Mackenzie explained how he stumbled across the lost township.

He said: "I walked through a gap in the trees and came across a wall - on further examination I discovered it was a house.

'Sense of history'

"I walked on further and there was another house, lots of ruins of houses to be exact.

"I just got this sense of place, an atmosphere in among the trees - there was a real sense of history about it."

Further examination of the crumbling buildings revealed they had once been part of a vibrant, bustling community working and living off the land.

Archaeologist Hector Rogers said that it was likely many inhabitants left to go abroad when the Highland Clearances took place.

He added: "This township was fully occupied. Although we don't know what happened to people from this site, we know descendants from America and Canada are interested.

"Several large parties have already been over to visit."


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