From Culloden to Loudon Hill – 2017, A Year in Review.

As we start gearing up for a busy 2018 (more about that at the end of this post!), let’s take a look back at some of the great projects we were involved with in 2017.

The post’s title (From Culloden to Loudon Hill) is a reference to some of the film work we were involved with last year. We began by recreating The Battle of Culloden for our favourite Jacobite-themed time-travelling TV drama, and finished by recreating The Battle of Loudon Hill for the forthcoming Netflix Original SeriesOutlaw King‘.
Other film-related work last year involved playing host to ‘Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb‘ (season 1 episode 2) and making season 2 of ‘Norsemen‘ with Norway’s NRK1 (candid behind-the-scenes pics can be seen in our Facebook album). We also worked with Maramedia on ‘Gudrun the Viking Princess‘ for Cbeebies. We were delighted to be a part of season 2 of ITV’s Victoria, we filmed a music video with White Moth Black Butterfly and a TV ad for Visit Scotland!

Events we were involved with included opening the angling season on the River Teith, Pirates on Loch Katrine,  the awesome Mary Queen of Scots Festival (where we held the first competitive joust in Scotland for around a decade!) and the Perth Medieval Fayre. The first event we attended last year was the amazing Capital Sci-Fi Con – which raised over £75 thousand for CHAS!
Despite a busy filming schedule, we still managed to host a couple of events on site at Duncarron – our annual Spirit of Duncarron event, with the THUNDER OF SAOR PATROL and a look at the Norse influence on Scotland with a Viking event.
All of the work we were involved with last year helped us raise funds for our educational work and for the building of TWO mini longhouses – work on one of these has already begun this year!

2018 is shaping up to be another busy year for us. We’re still finalising our events calendar, but so far we are confirmed for opening the angling season on The Teith (Thursday 1st Feb), Capital Sci-Fi Con (weekend of 3rd and 4th Feb), filming season 2 of Gudrun the Viking Princess, Mary Queen of Scots festival (date to be finalised) and a return to Dunfermline’s Bruce Festival (date to be confirmed). Keep checking our Facebook pages for further info. The ‘events’ tab on this page will be updated once some more dates are finalised.

Thanks to everyone for their support over the last year, and we look forward to seeing you all next year!

Image: Some of our Combat International team with Norsemen star Silje Torp