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Is this the site of James IV's Royal dockyard?

Saturday 7th October, 2017

Higgins Neuk (South side of Clackmannanshire Bridge)

A model of the Great Michael
A model of the Great Michael

Identified through local research, the area now called Higgins Neuk near Airth could have been the site of a James IV Royal dockyard. The mouth of the River Pow which outflows in this area is where ships, such as the great Michael and the Margaret, built at Newhaven, were finished and fitted out, safely out of the way of English raiders in the Outer Forth.

In October, a community excavation will look for archaeological evidence to help us get to the bottom of the mystery of the whereabouts of the Royal docks.This is our contribution to the wider story of the Forth being explored through the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative. To find out more about what we've done so far take a look at the SCHARP blog.

If you're interested in being involved in the excavations contact Ellie at or 01334 463017.