Scout Camp at Duart Castle 3rd and 4th May 2014

Sir Lachlan Maclean and all his Staff at Duart Castle, Isle of Mull, are delighted to be hosting an annual Scouting Camp at the Castle this weekend, 3rd and 4th May 2014.

On Saturday and Sunday, approximately 500 Scouts from Scotland and Ireland, aged 11 to 14 years old will be camping in the Castle grounds and undertaking various activities over the two days.

The first Camp of this kind was held at the Castle in 1981, then again in 1993 and 2008.

Sir Charles Hector Fitzroy Maclean (1916–1990), Bt, KT, KBE, Lt, JP, as Chief Scout.

Sir Charles Hector Fitzroy Maclean, Chief of Scout. Painted by Hughes Hallet. © the copyright holder:
photo credit: The Scout Association

Duart Castle, Isle of Mull is a special place for The Scout Association because the current owner, Sir Lachlan Maclean’s Father, Charles Maclean, was Chief of Scout in the UK between 1959 and 1971.  After this he continued as Chief Scout of the Commonwealth until August 1975.  In 1967, he was awarded the Bronze Wolf, the only distinction of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting.

Charles Hector Fitzroy Maclean, Baron Maclean, Bt, KT, PC, GCVO, KBE, which was his full title, was also Lord Chamberlain to Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom from 1971 to 1984 and became the 27th Clan Chief of Clan Maclean of Duart in 1936 until his Death in 1990.

With all this shared history between The Scout Association and Baron Maclean, it seems only right that this special annual event be held at Duart Castle.

We look forward to sharing news and photographs of this Event next week.

The Event has been organised by Highland Adventure and Duart Castle. For more information, please contact Duart Castle on 01680 812309 or Highland Adventure.

The image of Charles in this article was sourced from The Scout Association website whereby they are the copyright holders.

 

 

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MAY

4th                   Seanachaidh (Traditional Clan Storyteller)

Seanachaidh (Traditional Clan Storyteller)

Seanachaidh (Traditional Clan Storyteller)

Seanachaidh (traditional clann storyteller) Scot AnSgeulaiche will be regaling visitors to Duart Castle, the seat of clann Maclean, with Tales of the Clann, bloody, poignant and strange.

Tales lasting around 15 mins will be told twice an hour starting at 11am and completing by 16:30.  Tales will be interspersed by demonstrations of the Highland great plaid.  Suitable for adults and older Children.  The call of the Highland Muster Role 1715, with drum will announce to visitors within the castle when each Tale or when a demonstration is about to begin.

Other dates: 4th May, 28th June, 26th July and 10th August.

 

JUNE

3rd                  King Creosote Concert – presented by Comar and Fence

On Mull 2014, King Creosote will be launching his World Tour of Mull and his new collection of songs. Every night of the tour will be different and you won’t know if you should be laughing or crying. KC is a unique artist with an incredible back catalogue and yet the evidence is clear he is still at the top of his game.  See him with a small band in 4 special Mull venues.

Tickets available from An Tobar direct, please call 01688 302211.

Other dates: NONE. The Event is on for this day only.

 

7th                  Isle of Mull Gaelic Choir

Isle of Mull Gaelic Choir at Duart Castle

Isle of Mull Gaelic Choir at Duart Castle

The Isle of Mull Gaelic Choir was founded in 1978 to compete at the National Mod which was held that year in Oban.  Since then it has gone from strength to strength with conductor Elizabeth Jack, and Gaelic Tutor Janet MacDonald.  The Choir come back to Duart Castle Every year and take advantage of the acoustics in the Courtyard and in the Banqueting Hall.  There will be three or four sessions of four or five songs, with explanations, between 2.00pm and 4.00pm

Other dates: 12th July and 16th August.

22nd               Pipers and Highland Dancers

Mull Highland Pipers and Dancers at Duart Castle

Mull Highland Pipers and Dancers at Duart Castle

The Mull and Iona Pipe Band will team up with the Mull Highland Dancers for a special combined event. The day will be filled with traditional Scottish pipe band music and dancing.

Other dates: 22nd June, 13th July and 3rd August

 

28th                Seanachaidh (Traditional Clan Storyteller)

Seanachaidh (Traditional Clan Storyteller)

Seanachaidh (Traditional Clan Storyteller)

Seanachaidh (traditional clann storyteller) Scot AnSgeulaiche will be regaling visitors to Duart Castle, the seat of clann Maclean, with Tales of the Clann, bloody, poignant and strange.

Tales lasting around 15 mins will be told twice an hour starting at 11am and completing by 16:30.  Tales will be interspersed by demonstrations of the Highland great plaid.  Suitable for adults and older Children.  The call of the Highland Muster Role 1715, with drum will announce to visitors within the castle when each Tale or when a demonstration is about to begin.

Other dates: 4th May, 28th June, 26th July and 10th August.

 

29th                Three Wee Crows Theatre Company

Three Wee Crows Theatre Company at Duart Castle

Three Wee Crows Theatre Company at Duart Castle

Reaching out from rural Argyll, Three Wee Crows is one of Scotland’s most innovative theatre companies. Their passionate, moving, humorous and entertaining performances have been lighting up theatres, festivals, libraries and landscapes throughout Scotland – from Holyrood Parliament to Mull’s Duart Castle to the bloody rock of Dunaverty, Kintyre. Shape shifting through the characters of another era, they take the audience on a journey back into the mists of time, reviving with passion and humour, old tales, legends, even dark events.

Accompanied by atmospheric fiddle music, their programme for Duart Castle consists of seven stories bringing to life the history of the Castle and many of its fascinating characters.

There will be three performances on each day – 12noon, 2pm and 3.30pm

Other dates:  29th June, 27th July and 24th August

 

JULY

10th                Mendelssohn on Mull Concert

Set in the outstanding natural beauty of the Inner Hebrides, the Mendelssohn on the Mull Festival promises an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy up to ten days of artistic exploration in the idyllic and inspirational landscape so admired by Mendelssohn himself during his famous visit in 1829. In the rarest of opportunities the link between music and nature could not be expressed in a setting more appropriate than Mull.

Whether your taste is Mendelssohn or Mozart, Brahms or Beethoven, the festival brings to the island a chance to hear and learn in a setting of great natural beauty and interest.

For more information and for tickets, please contact http://mendelssohnonmull.com

Other dates: NONE. The Event is on for this day only.

 

12th                Isle of Mull Gaelic Choir

Isle of Mull Gaelic Choir at Duart Castle

Isle of Mull Gaelic Choir at Duart Castle

The Isle of Mull Gaelic Choir was founded in 1978 to compete at the National Mod which was held that year in Oban.  Since then it has gone from strength to strength with conductor Elizabeth Jack, and Gaelic Tutor Janet MacDonald.  The Choir come back to Duart Castle Every year and take advantage of the acoustics in the Courtyard and in the Banqueting Hall.  There will be three or four sessions of four or five songs, with explanations, between 2.00pm and 4.00pm

Other dates: 12th July and 16th August

 

13th                Pipers and Highland Dancers

Mull Highland Pipers and Dancers at Duart Castle

Mull Highland Pipers and Dancers at Duart Castle

The Mull and Iona Pipe Band will team up with the Mull Highland Dancers for a special combined event. The day will be filled with traditional Scottish pipe band music and dancing.

Other dates: 22nd June, 13th July and 3rd August

 

19th/20th       “For Maclean and the King” – Military Re-enactment Weekend

The First Captains Company  re-enacting "For Maclean and the King"

The First Captains Company re-enacting “For Maclean and the King”

In 1647 following the defeat of Charles I’s armies in Scotland, covenanting and government troops ranged along the west coast of Scotland to subdue the royalist clans and families. The Duart Macleans had served the king in several battles and were duly “visited” by covenanting forces.

The event will tell the story of the Maclean’s support for Charles I and his son and will be delivered by the team that have visited Mull annually over the past eight years. The First Captains Company are from the east coast of Scotland. The members of the team come from all walks of life and their driving passion outside their day jobs is Scottish history, which they like to explore, illustrate and share with visitors to their events.

The event will comprise

  • A functioning soldier’s camp
  • A series of drills and combat displays around the castle and its policies.

The event opens at 11:00 and closes at 16:30 on both Saturday and Sunday.

Draft programme

11:00 – Open Camp to the public

12:00 – Opening parade

13:00 – First skirmish around the Castle (attack of the Campbells)

14:00 – Musket and Pike Display

15:00 – Skirmish around the castle

16:00 – Closing parade

16:30 – Close camp to the public

The Soldiers Camp is open all through the event and will illustrate the activities that would be found in the camp of a 17th army such as the surgeon and armourer.

Other dates: NONE. The Event is on for this weekend only.

 

26th                Seanachaidh (Traditional Clan Storyteller)

Seanachaidh (Traditional Clan Storyteller)

Seanachaidh (Traditional Clan Storyteller)

Seanachaidh (traditional clann storyteller) Scot AnSgeulaiche will be regaling visitors to Duart Castle, the seat of clann Maclean, with Tales of the Clann, bloody, poignant and strange.

Tales lasting around 15 mins will be told twice an hour starting at 11am and completing by 16:30.  Tales will be interspersed by demonstrations of the Highland great plaid.  Suitable for adults and older Children.  The call of the Highland Muster Role 1715, with drum will announce to visitors within the castle when each Tale or when a demonstration is about to begin.

Other dates: 4th May, 28th June, 26th July and 10th August.

 

27th                Three Wee Crows Theatre Company

Three Wee Crows Theatre Company at Duart Castle

Three Wee Crows Theatre Company at Duart Castle

Reaching out from rural Argyll, Three Wee Crows is one of Scotland’s most innovative theatre companies. Their passionate, moving, humorous and entertaining performances have been lighting up theatres, festivals, libraries and landscapes throughout Scotland – from Holyrood Parliament to Mull’s Duart Castle to the bloody rock of Dunaverty, Kintyre. Shape shifting through the characters of another era, they take the audience on a journey back into the mists of time, reviving with passion and humour, old tales, legends, even dark events.

Accompanied by atmospheric fiddle music, their programme for Duart Castle consists of seven stories bringing to life the history of the Castle and many of its fascinating characters.

There will be three performances on each day – 12noon, 2pm and 3.30pm.

Other dates:  29th June, 27th July and 24th August

 

AUGUST

2nd                 Birds of Prey at Duart

Duart Castle

Duart Castle

A day where Raptors visit Duart Castle! Visitors can enjoy seeing flying displays and demonstrations of these fabulous creatures all within the stunning backdrop of Duart Castle.

Other dates: NONE. The Event is on for this day only.

 

3rd                  Pipers and Highland Dancers

Mull Highland Pipers and Dancers at Duart Castle

Mull Highland Pipers and Dancers at Duart Castle

The Mull and Iona Pipe Band will team up with the Mull Highland Dancers for a special combined event. The day will be filled with traditional Scottish pipe band music and dancing.

Other dates: 22nd June, 13th July and 3rd August

 

9th                  Gaelic Tweed Waulking Songs with  Sgioba Luaidh Inbhirchluaid.

Sgioba Luaidh Inbhirchluaidh

Sgioba Luaidh Inbhirchluaidh

Discover Duart’s Gaelic heritage with the fantastic women of Sgioba Luaidh Inbhirchluaidh (Inverclyde Waulking Group) as they demonstrate with songs and laughter the ancient tradition of tweed production.

Sgioba Luaidh (Waulking Group) are a group of lively ladies from Inverclyde, who specialise in traditional Gaelic work songs. They will re-create the Waulking Day, something which could often be witnessed on Mull in days gone by. Waulking is the final stage in the long, laborious process of making homespun cloth, or tweed. The cloth was shrunk and softened by being soaked and pounded on a board to the accompaniment of songs which helped to keep the rhythm of the work. Sgioba Luaidh Inbhirchluaidh will be performing continuously from 11am till 4pm.

Other dates: NONE. This Event is on this day only.

 

10th                Seanachaidh (Traditional Clan Storyteller)

Seanachaidh (Traditional Clan Storyteller)

Seanachaidh (Traditional Clan Storyteller)

Seanachaidh (traditional clann storyteller) Scot AnSgeulaiche will be regaling visitors to Duart Castle, the seat of clann Maclean, with Tales of the Clann, bloody, poignant and strange.

Tales lasting around 15 mins will be told twice an hour starting at 11am and completing by 16:30.  Tales will be interspersed by demonstrations of the Highland great plaid.  Suitable for adults and older Children.  The call of the Highland Muster Role 1715, with drum will announce to visitors within the castle when each Tale or when a demonstration is about to begin.

Other dates: 26th July and 10th August.

 

 

16th                Isle of Mull Gaelic Choir

Isle of Mull Gaelic Choir at Duart Castle

Isle of Mull Gaelic Choir at Duart Castle

The Isle of Mull Gaelic Choir was founded in 1978 to compete at the National Mod which was held that year in Oban.  Since then it has gone from strength to strength with conductor Elizabeth Jack, and Gaelic Tutor Janet MacDonald.  The Choir come back to Duart Castle Every year and take advantage of the acoustics in the Courtyard and in the Banqueting Hall.  There will be three or four sessions of four or five songs, with explanations, between 2.00pm and 4.00pm

Other dates: 12th July and 16th August

 

Highland Swords and Swordsmanship

Highland Swords and Swordsmanship

17th                Highland Swords & Swordsmanship

History comes alive with highly informative and entertaining demonstrations of traditional Highland swordsmanship. Hear actual accounts of battlefield and single combat training with the broadsword through the turbulent period of the Jacobite risings. Trained swordsmen shall demonstrate martial method and techniques used with the basket-hilted sword along with other Highland arms and also present displays of live swordsmanship.

Demonstration times – 12 noon, 1:30 and 3pm

Other dates: NONE. The Event is on for this day only.

 

24th                Three Wee Crows Theatre Company 

Three Wee Crows Theatre Company at Duart Castle

Three Wee Crows Theatre Company at Duart Castle

Reaching out from rural Argyll, Three Wee Crows is one of Scotland’s most innovative theatre companies. Their passionate, moving, humorous and entertaining performances have been lighting up theatres, festivals, libraries and landscapes throughout Scotland – from Holyrood Parliament to Mull’s Duart Castle to the bloody rock of Dunaverty, Kintyre. Shape shifting through the characters of another era, they take the audience on a journey back into the mists of time, reviving with passion and humour, old tales, legends, even dark events.

Accompanied by atmospheric fiddle music, their programme for Duart Castle consists of seven stories bringing to life the history of the Castle and many of its fascinating characters.

There will be three performances on each day – 12noon, 2pm and 3.30pm.

Other dates:  29th June, 27th July and 24th August

 

OCTOBER

5th                    Idlewild Concert – presented by Comar and Beyond

Tickets available from An Tobar direct, please call 01688 302211.

 

For more information, please visit the Duart Castle Website or our social media pages; Facebook, Twitter

Or call the Castle on +44(0)1680 812309 or Contact us on the form below.

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The 1653 invasion of Mull brought back to life this weekend at Duart Castle.

History is brought to life, quite literally, this weekend at Duart Castle, Isle of Mull.  A large group of military history enthusiasts, passionate about recreating the life and appearance of Scots soldiers of the mid 17th century, will set up camp within the castle grounds on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August.  They are called the First Captain’s Company of Tilliers regiment and will re-create the 1653 Mull Invasion.

Tilliers Regiment of the Sealed knot

Tilliers Regiment of the Sealed knot at Duart Castle, Isle of Mull

In the middle of the 17th century the British Isles were ripped apart by civil war as men fought for their King, their church and their rights.  To suppress royalist risings, an English naval squadron sailed round the western isles to locations of known royalist clans and in late summer of 1653, the ships arrived off the shores of Duart Castle. Poised to invade Mull from the water, before English troops could land, nature stepped in and a great storm destroyed the English ships.

A ship wreck was discovered in 1979, off Duart point, and has been subject to an underwater archeological investigation with many relics being brought ashore. The “Swan” still lies where is sank but some relics are now on display in the Castle.

Tilliers Regiment of the Sealed knot

Tilliers Regiment of the Sealed knot firing their muskets.

Something for all the family to enjoy.  History lessons can be fun! Re-live military history and visit Duart Castle this weekend.  Hear the story of 1653 invasion of Mull, enjoy the sights and sounds of a 17th century soldiers campsite, see the parades, witness the battles and explore the displays by the First Captains Company of Tilliers regiment.

For more information go to http://www.duartcastle.com or call 01690 812309.

Dates: 3rd and 4th August 2013

Where: Duart Castle, Isle of Mull, Argyll, PA64 6AP.

Where to buy tickets: The event is free of charge. However visitors will need to get a ferry to Mull.  Enjoy an all inclusive ticket (Ferry, coach and entry to the castle) which can be bought from Caledonian MacBrayne Office on the Oban Pier.

Marketing Contact: Jess Higton, 07928 111432 or marketing@duartcastle.com

Castle Contact: Tel: 01690 812309

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Crows over the Castle 2013

A delightful company of performers called the Three Wee Crows Theatre Company, who use live theatre and music to bring to life the history, myths and legends of Argyll and the West of Scotland, will be at Duart Castle this weekend, 28th July 2013.

Three Wee Crows Theatre Company

Three Wee Crows Theatre Company

The talented actors, Ann Barlow, Kathleen Campbell, Vivenne de Caris, Jane Dunbar, David Price will entertain and educate Duart Visitors about the Maclean Clan’s intriguing and shocking past.

Free admission to performances with castle entrance. First performance at noon, then approx. every 90 minutes.

True Love (Carol Thomson): is the story of the 5th Chieftain of Clan Maclean and his wily wooing of the daughter of the Lord of the Isles

Pins and Needles: Maciain Ghair, cattle thief of Ardnamurchan, and his come- uppance from the witches of Mull.

Lady’s Rock (Ian Craig): is the tale of Lachlan Cattanach, the 11th Chieftain, and his attempt to dispose of his unwanted wife.

Clara: and the mysterious explosion that destroyed a galleon from the Spanish Armada in Tobermory Bay, the wife of Lachlan Mhor, and a dead princess.

The Swan: Three crow/witches sink three of Cromwell’s ships to defend Duart Castle

For more information, please visit http://www.threeweecrows.co.uk

Or for more information about Duart Castle’s events, please go to http://www.duartcastle.com/events/events_forthcoming.html or call.

01680 812 309.

Duart Castle, Isle of Mull,
 Argyll,
 Scotland,
 PA64 6AP

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Duart Castle lends its acoustics to young performers for the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival

The Mendelssohn on Mull Festival aims to bring together new and experienced musicians, away from the stress of the professional music circuit, to encourage a collective musical collaboration.  Beautiful music will then be performed in a series of free concerts in venues across Mull, Iona and in Oban. The venues include Glengorm Castle, Duart Castle, Salen Church and Iona Abbey.

Mendelsohn on Mull concert

Mendelsohn on Mull concert 2012

The Mendelssohn on Mull Trust was founded by the renowned violinist Leonard Friedman in 1988, and takes its name from Mendelssohn’s visit to the Western Isles in the 1820s, inspiring him to write his Hebrides Overture. Since then, Leonard Friedman had been working with some of Scotland’s most talented and technically accomplished young musicians giving them the opportunities to develop their practical music skill.

The Mendelssohn on Mull Festival enjoys considerable critical acclaim and begins on 1st July at Tobermory Parish Church.  The Musicians will then come to Duart Castle on 4th July for an 8pm concert.  For more information about the Festival, please visit their website http://www.mendelssohnonmull.com.

For more information about Duart Castle’s events, please go to http://www.duartcastle.com/events/events_forthcoming.html or call.

01680 812 309.

Duart Castle, Isle of Mull,
 Argyll,
 Scotland,
 PA64 6AP

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“Tales from the Clan Maclean”

Scot AnSgeulaiche at Duart Castle

Scot AnSgeulaiche standing in the Duart Castle main archway.

Over the centuries, traditional story telling has become a dying art with the invention of TV, Internet and the written word.  Before this, stories of the Clan passed from father to son, generation to generation through the spoken word and detailed historical accounts.

To learn about Maclean Clan history, one has to read the information Duart has on record and imagine the bloody battles, adventures and love stories.

However Today, history comes to life at Duart Castle, on the breathtaking Isle of Mull.  The history of the Clan Maclean comes alive through Scot AnSgeulaiche, Duart Castle’s official story teller.

With the Clan ancestral home as the stunning backdrop, Scot will tell tales of the Chiefs and Clan Maclean throughout the centuries, from the heroic to the shameful, to the romantic.  Scot will take 2D written stories and give them life and theatre.

All tales accompanied by the harp and with demonstrations of the Highland Plaid.  Tales start from 11am until 4pm and are free with admission.

For more information, please call 01680 812 309 or come to the Castle today from 11am.

http://www.duartcastle.com

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The Castle’s kitchen garden is transformed back to it’s former glory.

When I was a boy we had a flourishing vegetable garden at Duart and I can clearly Sir Lachlan Macleanremember my parents preparing suitable produce for the local flower show at Tobermory. However, it wasn’t always an easy task as severe gales and a lot of salt sea spray blew onto the plants which was a challenge 50 years ago.

Over the years the garden was lost and forgotten, until a few years ago when my wife Rosie took up the mantle of reinvigorating the garden at Duart. Why were we buying in other people’s vegetables when we have a garden to grow them in right here at the Castle? The idea flourished and Rosie designed a new garden with Mike and Jenny Swift, who were the gardeners at Torosay Castle.

Aerial of DuartIf you look at the Aerial photograph, you can clearly see the polytunnel greenhouse, and the paths and beds.

The project has taken two years and last summer we produced our first yield of organic vegetables. Now, onions, carrots, leeks, parsnips all ripen within Duart soil and we are delighted to have a continuous supply of ingredients for our delicious homemade soups lovingly served in our Tearoom.
Although the garden is not formally open to the public, we are very happy for people to look round and see what we’re growing. We are hoping to also grow flowers which we can use in the Castle. So far everything looks very good, and we hope that we will have another bumper summer.

Gardens

So we look forward to welcoming you to gardens at Duart Castle this summer, they will make a lovely backdrop to a number of exciting Events including Pipers and Highland Dancing, Maclean storytelling, Birds of Prey day and Swordsmanship demonstrations plus much more.

Please visit www.duartcastle.com or call 01689 812309 for more information.

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