Travellers’ monument The Tinkers’ Heart could be declared of national importance


A TRAVELLERS’ monument could be designated as a site of national importance.

The Tinkers’ Heart is a formation of quartz stones laid into the surface of the old road between Cairndow and Strachur, overlooking Loch Fyne in Argyllshire.

It is said to be a sacred monument for travellers, which traces its history back to the Battle of Culloden.

But there is very little documented history available on the monument and its significance.

Little is known about the monument, hence the appeal to travellers to come forward with their stories
Little is known about the monument, hence the appeal to travellers to come forward with their stories


Historic Scotland is carrying out a public consultation aimed at getting more information about the monument.

Dr George Findlater, who is leading the consultation, said: “We are really keen to hear about any information people may have – no matter how trivial it may seem – regarding the Tinkers’ Heart.

“This is a great opportunity for those with knowledge of its history to help us better understand its cultural significance.

“We hope that by asking for the public to share their knowledge about this fascinating monument we can better understand its significance.”

Over the course of 12 weeks, senior staff from the Scottish Government agency are inviting members of the public to contribute their stories, songs, photographs, and any other information relating to the monument.

They will also be writing to academics and relevant parties to ask for their input on the subject.

The consultation is aimed primarily at traveller people and residents who currently live, or have lived in the Argyllshire area.

Contributions will be gratefully accepted from non-travellers and residents from anywhere across Scotland, and further afield.

Following the consultation, which closes on 15 May 2015, a decision will be taken whether the monument should be added to the list of monuments of national importance, which Historic Scotland maintains on behalf of Scottish Ministers.