A King, A Saint and Santa.

The King.

Well, it’s been quite a summer/autumn season for us at The Clanranald Trust for Scotland and Duncarron Medieval Village. The highlight of the summer has got to be our participation in the commemoration of the 700th anniversary of The Battle Bannockburn. The trust provided the battle re-enactment and medieval village, along with friends and colleagues from a range of organisations. Clan volunteers Roy Ramsay and Paul Gamble played the parts of Robert the Bruce and Edward II, respectively. The Bannockburn Live event drew in 20,000 visitors from around the globe and closer to home – including Scotland’s former First Minister, Alex Salmond. Other events included our Spirit of Duncarron festival, and our good friends The Dolmen travelled up to Duncarron to join Saor Patrol on stage, and The Sassenachs joined us from The Netherlands. We also provided a medieval feel to Dougie Maclean’s Amber Festival in October, along with our own Halloween event at The VIllage. Images of all these events can be seen in our Facebook albums HERE and HERE!

The Saint.

The big news of the moment is that we’re leaving our current head office in Kincardine to move into our new premises at Callander. The locals at Kincardine haven’t ran us off or anything, we’ve simply out-grown our premises there and were in need of a larger building. Enter the former Saint Kessogs church in Callander. As well as a church, the building has also served as The Rob Roy Visitor Centre and Scottish Tourist Information Centre, so it won’t be a stranger to an organisation that promotes the history and culture of Scotland! Not only will the building serve as our administrative centre and storage facility, but we plan to ‘give it back’ to the community. It is very much our intention that the building become a community hub for the village and the surrounding area. Comprising of retail space, a cinema and loads of storage space, the new building not only meets our current needs, but it should also meet our future needs, as well as opening up lots of new and exciting opportunities for us as an organisation. Images of the building can also be found in our Facebook albums, linked to above.

Santa.

If you would like to see us ‘in action’, our final official public event of the year, takes place on the 6th and 7th of December, 12pm – 4pm both days. At our Yule event at DunCarron Medieval Village, we hope to get visitors into the spirit of the festive season. With a cast of fairytale characters, including Father Christmas, we’ll take a look back in time to how people celebrated the season throughout history. This is a fun, family event and should bring joy to children young and old! We will also have some traders selling a range of quality gifts, hand-crafted in Scotland. Tickets for this event are available ‘on the door’ – but please note that we don’t yet have the facilities to accept card payments at The Village.

As always, we thank you all for your continuing support of our projects!

Paul
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note: If you have any enquiries regarding the content of this post, please contact me direct: bigpaulclanranald@gmail.com. All other enquires should be directed to info@clanranald.org