Creating The Timeline

GlenofTheRedRiverTimelineTo create the timeline we began with the following workshop

  • We have a project – we want to tell the world about Glendaruel, and let them visit us in our virtual visitor centre. Kilmodan School is going to be our Interpretation Team.
  • Interactive talk: What do you know about Glendaruel? Talk to the pupils in a group, writing on the whiteboard/flipchart the answers the pupils provide, and highlighting areas to be worked on in future workshops.


  • Who were the people who first lived here? (Neolithic – Gaels from Ireland?? Or perhaps Picts?


  • Why did people come here? What made Glendaruel a good place to live?


  • Did they stay here? What happened to those people? Did they stay? If they left, why did they leave?


  • Who moved here? Who are the ‘incomers’? Did they stay? If not, why not?


  • How did things change? What major events affected the people of the Glen throughout history? (Vikings. Jacobites. 1st & 2nd WW)


  • Draw a poster for Glendaruel – This is your chance to showcase Glendaruel to the world! You can draw your own impression of the Glen and/or it’s points of interest, and write iconic words. Fill the entire piece of paper, this is your chance to show your hometown to the world! To help, play Word Association Catch (kids in circle, throw ball, shout word about Glendaruel).


  • Origins: What’s in a Name? Learning to ‘interpret’. Kids in groups.


  • What does Glendaruel mean? (e.g. dà in Gaelic means two. Ruadh means ‘red’ – but also ‘brown.’)
  • So why do you think it’s called that?
  • Do you know any stories about the name? (Son of Magnus Bearlegs … terrorised the coast. Landed at Strachur & Loch Riddon circa 1120, defeated by the Glendaruel Highlanders in a bloody battle, and the river ran red. Source: Michael Kaufman. So talk about reliability.)



  • Write me a Postcard.


  • If you were here on holiday, what would you like to tell people about Glendaruel? What is there to do, see? What did you learn?
  • This can be done solo, or as part of a group.