Computer Games, Jacobites and Herb Gardens!

We fund the Duncarron Medieval Village project in many ways, some of which are a bit unusual for a history-based charity. For example; the skills of our trained warriors, at Combat International, are not only in demand for live-action movie shoots, but they have also been contracted to bring computer game characters to life. The lastest ‘Dawn of War’ game, the imaginatively entitled ‘Dawn of War III’ is one such project. You can watch a ‘making of’ vid of this production by clicking HERE!

Another fundraising project we have recently been involved with is an advertising campaign for The National Trust for Scotland. The campaign features Jacobites, which we were happy to supply! We’ll add a link to the campaign as soon as one becomes available. You can view our short, but sweet, appearance in the advertising campaign here:

Work on site has been ongoing this month, with our main project being the upgrading of our herb garden. Herbs were widely used in medicines and in cooking, so such a garden would not have been out of place in a medieval fortified village. If you’re coming along to Spirit of Duncarron in June, you’ll be able to see them on site.

We’ve added a new ‘Galleries’ feature to the page and you can see some images of the garden in progress. The ‘Galleries’ will be added to, showing images of events and projects at The Village, so make sure you check in regularly! You can get the Galleries by following the page’s toolbar tab (under the header banner) or by clicking HERE!

Finally, and talking about the header banner, we have a new one! Isn’t it pretty! A huge thank you to friend of the trust, Paul Reeves, for putting it together for us. Be sure to follow our Clanranald, Duncarron, Education and Combat International Facebook pages for more information on the work that The Clanranald Trust for Scotland does.

Image: Combat International volunteers go Jacobite for The National Trust for Scotland.

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Easter Fundraiser!

Our Easter fundraiser was held over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of April. Loads of you came along, and it was especially great to see so many youngsters taking part in the crafting activities that we laid on! A huge thank you to all of you who came to see us, and another huge thank you to our volunteers who gave up their weekend to help out – both at HQ and at Duncarron itself.
While we were having fun at our HQ, another team of volunteers was on site working on our upgraded herb garden. Herbs were used as medicines, as well as in cooking, so this would have been an invaluable area of any medieval fortified village.
Our next major fundraiser will be SPIRIT OF DUNCARRON, which will be held at the Village itself. We’re delighted to have the awesome Dolmen adding to the THUNDER of Saor Patrol. Great music and medieval mayhem, what’s not to like?
Pics from the Easter fundraiser can be found HERE!
Details of Spirit of Duncarron can be found HERE!
Link to the official Spirit facebook event page is HERE!

Thanks again to all who came to, or helped out with, our Easter fundraiser. We hope to see you again in June!

Image: Callander local Wayne, and his boys, enjoying our eggcellent Easter fundraiser!

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Angling, a Sci-fi Con & The Smithsonian?

Angling, a Sci-Fi Con and the Smithsonian – that’s how we kicked off 2017!

We were once again delighted to be a part of the ceremony that began the salmon fishing season on the River Teith. Angling is not only important to rural economies, attracting anglers from around the globe, it’s also highly important for securing the future of fish species – like the Atlantic salmon – by ensuring that the waterways that the fish use are free from pollutants, etc.

We were excited to be a part of this year’s Capital Sci-fi Con – which raised an amazing £73,608.97 for the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (aka CHAS). Members from our Combat International team spoke about their work in movies, and Trust volunteers spoke about the work that we do at Clanranald, including the Duncarron Medieval Village project. It was great to raise awareness of our work, while helping to raise funds for such a worthwhile cause!

As if this wasn’t enough to keep us busy, we were interviewed by employees of The Smithsonian Museum – we spoke about the importance of interactive, hands on educational techniques even in this digital age. We both understand the importance of giving young people a real taste of their history in order to enhance their educational experience. Learning should always be fun! And while we were being interviewed by the Smithsonian, Duncarron itself was being photographed for inclusion into a directory of exciting and interesting film locations in Scotland. Hopefully this will bring further awareness and fundraising opportunities for our project in the future.

Looking to the rest of the year – we already have 4 confirmed events this year, which can be viewed by hovering over the events tab on our webpage. Please check our webpage and social media pages regularly (Clanranald Trust & Duncarron on Facebook) as more events will be added, and more details for confirmed events will be made available. We really hope that you can come along to one of these events to see the work that we do first hand!

Image: Members of Combat International rock ‘The Krampus’ and meet a couple of Wookies at 2017’s Capital Sci-fi Con.


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Pirates and Vikings and Music, Oh My!

Well, our summer season is well and truly over for 2016, and what a summer it has been! We kicked off with Saor Patrol hosting our Spirit of Duncarron event, with special guest Ted Christopher. Trust volunteers brought the world of the Jacobites to life, while Saor Patrol and guests provided the entertainment. Next year’s ‘Spirit’ event is already in the works – follow our social networking pages to keep up-to-date with all future events.

Next on the agenda, we were once again honoured and delighted to be a part of the Royal Highland Show – Scotland’s biggest agricultural event. We brought Medieval Scotland to life with our encampment at the Countryside Arena, as well as demonstrating medieval battle techniques. One of the highlights for our volunteers, was taking part in our ‘famous’ Children’s Battles – which gives younger visitors a chance to test their mettle against trained warriors from Combat International!

Duncarron played host to a wealth of female musical talent from across the planet, who came to take part in the inaugural Pandora Fest. The festival aimed to address the gender imbalance in music today, and one thing the acts performing proved was, that this imbalance certainly isn’t down to a lack of talent or creativity! The Clanranald Trust for Scotland strongly support gender equality, and we were delighted to host this event. We certainly hope that our relationship with the event organisers continues long into the future. Look out for details of Pandora Fest 2017!

If you were in the historic village of Culross on the 23rd or 24th of July, you might have noticed a bit of a pirate presence. The National Trust for Scotland invited us to breathe life into their swash-buckling event, and our volunteers were happy to oblige! Arrrrrrrr, that they were!

Our final event was a bit of an up-and-down event. The Viking era is a favourite of many of our members, and our Viking events is always something that we look forward to. Unfortunately, extreme weather led to the Sunday being cancelled. Event cancellations – especially at short notice – are not something we take lightly. As well as greatly enjoying these events ourselves, we appreciate that people take time to visit us, and we really don’t like disappointing those who support our project. However, anyone who lives in Scotland will know that we are often slaves to our lovely climate, and these types of decisions are outwith our control. We’d like to thank everyone who visited the event the Saturday, and once again apologise to those who were hoping to visit on the Sunday.

Our summer was also full of various exciting filming commitments and other educational projects, so it was a busy time indeed. Looking to the future, the next event at Duncarron will be at Halloween, and then we have our Yule events to look forward to as well. As always, details of these upcoming events will appear on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, so please ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us to keep up-to-date.

As always, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to all of those who support our project and visit our events. We’d also like to thank all of our volunteers – their passion – and your passion –  for Scotland’s past and for our Duncarron project is humbling and overwhelming. We look forward to the continued support from ALL of you. Thank you ALL so much!

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Image: Ned, Solveig and Heather at Culross.


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The Sound of Music!

This summer, the Carron Valley will be filled with the sound of music! We have not one, but two awesome music events lined up for the next couple of months.

First up, we have our annual Spirit of DunCarron event, hosted by the amazing Saor Patrol. With their popularity in Europe, this is a rare home gig for Charlie and the guys. And with DunCarron Medieval Village being the band’s ‘spiritual’ home, this is really a must for all Saor Patrol fans.

Then, in July, we play host to the amazing Pandora Fest. This is Scotland’s first music festival which promotes and celebrates female musical talent. The event is open to everyone – even persons of the non-male variety  – and is promising to be a day of fantastic music, played by a wealth of talent from both here at home and internationally.

For details of these spectacular events in central Scotland, check out our EVENTS tab.


Busy, busy, busy!

It’s been a while since the page has been updated, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been doing anything! We’ve been busy with filming, including the Starz TV series Outlander, documentaries, a Norwegian TV series and Hollywood movies! It’s not just about filming though, as our newly updated EVENTS guide shows. Use the drop-down Events menu for more details of upcoming events.

This year kicks off with our fantastic Easter event, which looks at Scandinavian and Eastern European traditions involving Witches, along with traditional Easter fun for all ages.

We are also looking forward to a Summer of Music with Saor Patrol making a rare Scottish appearance at our Spirit of DunCarron event. If that wasn’t enough, we are extremely proud and delighted to be hosting the Pandora Fest. at The Village. This festival showcases the best in female talent, and promises to be a truly amazing event.

There will be a bit of an Outlander feel to the Spirit of DunCarron event with a Jacobite theme. Visitors will be able to learn more about Scotland in the 17th & 18th centuries, as we bring to life the sites and sounds of this often turbulent period in Scottish history. We stay in the 17th century as we bring Pirates to life in the historic Royal Burgh of Culross. This amazing event is in association with The National Trust for Scotland and will be one of the truly unique events in Scotland this year.

After the huge success of the inaugural Mary Queen of Scots Festival last year, we are absolutely delighted to be a part of the festival this year! With jousting, kitchens, armoury, birds of prey and horses, we’ll really be bringing Mary’s world to life for visitors. A date for the diary of any fan of Mary and the time she lived.

October sees the return of Zombies at DunCarron, If you survived last year, you may not survive this year! We are also having a Halloween fun event at our HQ. And as the year draws to a close, we are excited to once again be a part of the Callander Winter Fest, and will be hosting our own Yule event at DunCarron.

So, it’s certainly shaping up to be another fantastic year for events. These are only the confirmed events and there may be more to come! Events may be subject to change, so please check the EVENTS info on our webpage, like our Facebook accounts and follow us on Twitter for updates.

We really hope to see you at one of our events, as we share and celebrate Scotland’s fantastic, rich history, culture and music!

Image: The Witches of Clanranald at last year’s Easter event.


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Important Yule Notice!

DunCarron Yule ALERT
-the weather outside is frightful and the long term reports all issue Weather Warnings for this weekend coming.

We have therefore decided to MOVE Yule to ‪#‎ChurcHQ‬ this weekend.
We have been onsite this morning and the roads into Carron Valley are already underwater…and its to get worse, not better. We don’t want anyone to risk life and limb and frostbite attempting to reach DunCarron this weekend. So we shall go ahead BUT UNDER the ROOF of our headquarters in Callander this Saturday & Sunday 10-5pm.

This isn’t a decision we made lightly, we apologise for any inconvenience, but the safety and well being of our volunteers and visitors are paramount to us. Please come and visit us in Callander, be warm, be safe and start your festive season by helping to raise funds for the completion of DunCarron Medieval VIllage!

Further information can be found by navigating to the Yule event on our page, or by clicking HERE!


Image: Malin, Paul and Tom hope to see you at our Yule event!

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Important Halloween Event Notice.

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the Friday night Halloween event (Friday 30th Oct). If you have already purchased tickets for this event, they will be honoured if you wish to come along on the Saturday night instead. Alternatively, you can get a refund by emailing us:

We didn’t take this decision lightly. Most of the guys who will be putting on this event have been working on a major filming project. Initially they weren’t needed on the Friday, but such as these things go, the guys have are now required for extra dates – including the 30th. They are just too awesome at what they do! The funds raised for the project from this production leave us with little choice other than to cancel.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause. Tickets are still available for Saturday, so if you hadn’t booked, and would like to come along, you can do so by clicking HERE


There Was Something About Mary!

We have been extremely busy since the last update to the page.

We were delighted and honoured to be a part of the inaugural Mary Queen of Scots Festival in Kinross. The festival celebrated the life and times of Mary, and Trust volunteers brought Mary and her entourage to life. The festival also celebrated local produce from the surrounding area, as well as raising funds for various good causes. The event proved to be such a success, that it has already been confirmed for next year, with funds in place for further years too. You can see pics from this event HERE!

As most of you know will know, our HQ is the lovely village of Callander, near Stirling. The village recently held The Callander Railway Festival, commemorating 50 years since the railway’s closing. The festival looked back at how the railway influenced the village, and Trust volunteers brought a bit of Victorian Callander to life. As well as members in period costume and an exhibit looking back at the village’s Victorian history, we also had fun activities for younger visitors and broke in our recently acquired popcorn and candy floss machines. Pics from this event can be seen HERE!

Combat International, our group of trained warriors, have been busy fund-raising in their own unique way. We’ve been providing warriors for an on-going filming project (contract commitments prevent us from giving out further info!), as well as working on a motion capture project with the team that brought The Battle of Bannockburn exhibit to life.

As we hit the final stretch of the year, we still haven’t got time to rest. We’re in fully swing preparing for our Halloween event, looking forward to working with folk legend Dougie MacLean at his Perthshire Amber Festival, and thinking ahead to this year’s Yule event.

Once again, we’d like to thank all of our volunteers, supporters and visitors. We are humbled that so many of you share our vision for bringing a slice of Scottish history to life, through our DunCarron project. Your help and support is invaluable to us, and very much appreciated! We hope you’ll come along and see us at one of our forthcoming events.

Image: Volunteer Tania as Mary Queen of Scots.


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Film Crews, Pirates and Vikings!

Before we set up our successful Pirates! fund-raising weekend (a HUGE thank you to all who came along to see us!), we played host to a film crew from The Travel Channel. They asked as to recreate 1000s Scotland, and we were definitely up for the challenge! Volunteer Denise spoke about the food of the time, and recreated some medieval dishes.
Part of the production’s remit was also to talk about the history of the Highland Games – a Scottish tradition that has spread around the globe. Volunteer Scott gave the information and fellow volunteer Lee obligingly tossed a caber for them!

The Pirates! event itself was well received by visitors to The Village. As well as recreating areas of pirate life, we put our younger visitors through musket drill (don’t worry, we didn’t give them actual guns), and ‘sold’ some of our visitors as ‘booty’! The amazingly talented artist Christopher Rutterford – who used some of the Clanranald volunteers as models for his fantastic Bannockburn mural – also joined us for the weekend. He helped us raise funds by holding a raffle, with the winners having their faces painted into a pirate-themed artwork. He also brought along his brilliant ‘Tam O’Shanter’ work, which was displayed at our longhouse. Pictures from the film shoot and the Pirates! event can be found by clicking HERE.

You’d think we’d take a wee break, but that’s not really our thing! As well as hosting another filming project (details to follow), we are also gearing up to hold our final fund-raiser at The Village of the summer season. Our Viking event will be held on the last weekend of August, and we’ll be bringing the Norse people to life, talking about their history in Scotland – along with some hands-on fun for all ages. More details can be found by navigating using the ‘events’ tab at the top of the page, or by clicking HERE. If you’re on Facebook and planning to pay us a visit, you can add yourself to our official event page by clicking HERE.

Image: Odin trying to get served by David at the tavern. Even though it only sells soft-drinks, David is still asking Odin for proof of age!

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