The Pictish Arts Society has confirmed the details for this year’s annual conference which takes place on Saturday, October 4, at Caithness Horizons in Thurso.
The theme of the conference is ‘Northern Picts, Northern Neighbours’.
A spokesperson for the Society explained: “For those travelling north by road on Friday, October 3, there is an opportunity to meet up in the afternoon and visit the unparalleled collection of Pictish symbol stones in Dunrobin Castle Museum. By courtesy of the Duke of Sutherland, conference delegates will get into the museum for free but advance booking is required so we can confirm numbers.
“Those in Thurso on Friday evening can preview the newly refurbished and extended display of Pictish and Early Medieval sculpture in Caithness Horizons.
“Again this is free to conference delegates but advance booking is required. There will of course be an opportunity to see this display during break times on the day of the conference.
“Those staying over in Thurso on Saturday night can join a field trip on Sunday morning which will visit Reay Village, Sandside House and Skinnet Chapel, taking in a number of stones not readily accessible to the public. This is by coach only, at a charge of £10 per person. Numbers are limited so pre-booking is advised.
“Access to Skinnet involves covering some potentially wet/muddy ground so delegates are advised to bring appropriate footwear. The field trip will return to Thurso by noon for those travelling by train. For those not rushing away, there may be an opportunity to visit the ruins of St Peter’s Church.
“Registration and coffee prior to the conference will be between 9.30 and 10 a.m. with the closing remarks scheduled for 4.40 p.m.
“The fee for the conference is £25 (concession £20) and includes lunch.
“Full details of the morning and afternoon sessions are on the Society website at www.thepictishartssociety.org.uk where online booking can also be made.”