Meet the Board
Hello, I'm Caroline Maclennan, I live in
I am co-founder and festival director for HebCelt, the longest running independent music festival in the Highlands and Islands. I also run a small self-catering business in the area.
Why is Calanais & Urras nan Tursachan meaningful to you?
My late brother Simon Fraser was quite instrumental in establishing the centre and I try to hold that torch for him.
Through the festival I can bring the management experience I have developed in that role and I like to think that I can contribute in a supportive role to the staff that actually make the centre tick. There is a strong volunteering ethic that we have developed with the festival and that’s based on people skills and recognising their interests and using that to the best advantage. Hopefully long term we can develop such a support network at Calanais.
I grew up in the area which can sometimes lead to complacency about what we have here. I want to help shout about how unique Calanais and the many sites of significance here are and help recognise how important this is for our global community.
Where is your favourite archaeological site, and why? (doesn’t have to be Calanais!)
It has to be Calanais I, my first remembered experience was visiting the stones as a very young girl. I remember my father demonstrating the strong magnetic pull of the stones. But the Doune broch is amazing too, we used to climb up the inside of the walls when kids. Totally frowned on now of course but it was a long time ago...Standing in the middle of these sites trying to imagine what it was like thousands of years ago and how people lived then fascinates me.