Our opening day of castle visits sees us in Lochleven and Aberdour castles, in the ancient Kingdom of Fife.
Stewart Douglas, Lord Aberdour will welcome us at 'his' castle (right, now in the care of Historic Scotland).
Aberdour Castle started life as a modest hall house on a site overlooking the Dour Burn in the 13th century. The oldest part of the present semi-ruin constitutes one of the earliest surviving stone castles in mainland Scotland. Over the next four hundred years the Castle was successively developed according to contemporary architectural ideas. Notable are the parts, still largely roofed, built by the Earls of Morton, with refined Renaissance detail, in the second half of the 16th century. A fire in the late 17th century was followed by some repairs, but in 1725 the family purchased 17th century Aberdour House, on the west side of the burn and in Wester Aberdour, and the medieval Castle was allowed to fall into relative decay.
Stewart is the son and heir of The Earl of Morton, whose ancestors held Mary Queen of Scots captive in Lochleven Castle - and arranged her escape. We will be taking the ferry boat across the loch to visit the castle.
On the evening of Monday 30th June, we will gather for a Reception in Dalmahoy, the ancestral home of the Earl of Morton.
Dalmahoy is now a luxury hotel, where we have secured preferential rates for those attending the Gathering.
Clan Muster at Drumlanrig
Saturday 5th July has been set aside for a Clan Muster at Drumlanrig Castle. The castle is situated on the Queensberry Estate in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The category A listed castle is the Dumfriesshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry.
Richard Walter John Montagu Douglas Scott, 10th Duke of Buccleuch and 12th Duke of Queensberry is a descendant of the first Duke of Queensberry, William Douglas, who had the castle built on the site of an ancient Douglas stronghold overlooking the Nith Valley. The castle has 120 rooms, 17 turrets and 4 towers and is notable for its art collection.
The Duke of Buccleugh will be joining us for lunch and taking the salute at our Grand Parade.
We are now fairly firm on how the programme will look for daytime events.
Monday 30th June: Visit Aberdour and Lochleven Castles
Tuesday 1st July: Visit Bothwell and Douglas Castles, the Douglas Heritage Museum and St Bride's Church
Wednesday 2nd July: Visit Dirleton and Tantallon Castles and Lennoxlove House
Thursday 3rd July: Visit Lincluden Abbey, Threave Castle and the Douglas Mausoleum
Friday 4th July: Tour Edinburgh, or a location of your choice
Saturday 5th July: Clan Muster at Drumlanrig Castle, with an opportunity to visit Morton Castle and the Queensberry Tomb.
On Sunday 6th July, we will be in Stirling, where a Kirkin o' the Tartan church service is planned. We will march with banners flying from the Castle to the Kirk. You will then have the opportunity to visit Stirling Castle, The Wallace Monument and the site of the Battle of Bannockburn.
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