1st April 2010
Duart Castle opens for 2010 today and another exciting events programme has been revealed.
The four star Isle of Mull visitor attraction and home of the Clan Maclean has announced a new link up with the island’s own Mull Theatre, one of Scotland’s leading touring theatre companies. ‘Maclean’s Snails & Other Tales’, an interactive children’s drama workshop, is just one of the new events introduced to the summer programme this year. The workshop will dive into some of the greatest legends of the Macleans and Mull, where participants can become the characters, learn a few lines and then perform the show in front of a selected audience of parents, friends and the Clan Chief! Ages eight and over can enjoy the workshops which take place in July and August and are free with admission.
Mull Theatre will also be popping into Duart Castle on 3rd August during their summer tour to present Opium Eater, a laugh out loud and deeply moving portrayal of a writer’s addiction to laudanum, set in Edinburgh, 1820.
Also new to the programme this year is the Gaelic Waulking Song Group (Sgioba Luaidh Inbhirchluaidh). Not a spelling error but in fact a fantastic group of Scottish women who will illustrate in Gaelic song the ancient tradition of tweed production. Plus, visitors can hear songs of love and war, tragedy and comedy, chat to the women and have a bash at waulking. The group visit the castle for the first time on Saturday 7th August.
The Mull Highland Dancers and Mull & Iona Pipe Band will showcase their talents at the Duart’s Pipers & Highland Dancing Day in June and September. Taking place within the magnificent grounds of the stunning clifftop castle, this is an excellent opportunity for visitors to experience and celebrate Scottish culture at its best.
Back by popular demand is historical re-enactment group Fraser’s Dragoones. This summer they will re-enact the story of the Maclean’s involvement in the mid 17th century wars. Going back over 300 years, visitors can watch Scottish soldiers fight with English redcoats for control of the castle. The event will take place Saturday 31st July and Sunday 1st August.
Also back after last year’s successful event programme is the Duart Castle Ceilidh (July & August), Mendelssohn on Mull Festival (1st July), children’s treasure hunts and Tales of the Maclean Clan with Scot AnSgeulaiche.
Full details of the 2010 events programme are now available online. For more information please telephone 01680 812 309 or visit www.duartcastle.com.
For more information please contact:
Pure Shores PR – Oban
01631 569 651
Notes to Editors:
- Duart Castle is on the Isle of Mull on the west coast of Scotland, just 10 minutes away from the CalMac Ferry Terminal at Craignure. The Duart coach meets the ferry arrivals daily.
- Castle Opening Times: Castle & tea room open 1st Apr Sun – Thur 11am – 4pm plus Easter Weekend. Open daily 1st May (inc shop) 10.30am – 5.30pm. Castle closes 18th Oct (Tea room & shop close 11th Oct).
- 2010 castle entry ticket prices are Adults £5.30, Children £2.65, Concessions £4.80, Family Ticket £13.25 (2 Adults, 2 Children).
- Visitors to Duart can explore the history of the castle and the Clan Maclean. As well as a fantastic new summer events programme, the oldest lived in castle on the island offers lots to see including prisoners in the dungeons, the magnificent Great Hall and spectacular views from the roof and sea room. The tea room, converted from the old cattle byres, is a highly attractive and unusual coffee stop. The Duart Castle shop offers a range of interesting gift ideas.
- Discover the 13th century home of the Clan Maclean. The four star visitor attraction stands proudly on a clifftop overlooking the Sound of Mull and enjoys one of the most spectacular & unique positions on the west coast of Scotland.