The Embo cairn before excavation

Most of the archaeological evidence relating to life in south-east Sutherland is to be found in the Cyderhall-Camore Wood region. The earliest settlers probably arrived c.5000 BC and established settlements below Skibo Castle.

These people would have been hunters and fishermen and one can still make out the sites of shell middens  from the north end of the current-day Dornoch Firth Bridge. Chambered cairns at Embo, Evelix and Clashmore testify to the presence of Neolithic farmers in the area – the Embo grave having been dated at c.2500 BC.

The hut circles at Camore indicate that the area was probably populated by an established community of farmers some 500 years before the birth of Christ.

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