Our second Friends annual visit will take place on Saturday 6 October and will include visits to Dunstaffnage Castle and to Ardchattan Priory and Gardens, with history and guidance from Duncan Beaton and Diarmid Campbell, Friends, volunteers with the Argyll Papers and very knowledgeable.
10.15am Meet at the entrance to Dunstaffnage Castle. Dunstaffnage is one of Scotland’s oldest stone castles, built before 1240, probably by Duncan MacDougall, grandson of the great Somerled, the self-styled ‘King of the Isles’. Taken by Robert the Bruce, Dunstaffnage remained a royal castle until it passed to the Campbell earls of Argyll in the 1460s. From then until the last Jacobite Rising in 1745–6, Dunstaffnage’s story is interlinked with the constant struggles by the Crown and the Campbells to control their unruly western subjects. For further information, please visit https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/dunstaffnage-castle-and-chapel/history/.
Entry to Dunstaffnage is free for Historic Scotland members, £6 per adult or £4.80 concession. If we buy 11 tickets, we will qualify for a 10% reduction, so please book early. Please note that there are a lot of steps to climb to explore Dunstaffnage Castle.
12.30pm We will eat lunch in The Lochnell Arms Hotel, North Connel. I need to order lunch in advance and you will need to pay for it on the day. Please check the menu and let me know what you would like to order.
2.30pm In the afternoon we will visit Ardchattan Garden, which has existed for over 700 years, since Valliscaulian monks, from a little-known order in Burgundy, first settled on the north shore of Loch Etive. The monastic origins can be traced in the ruins of the monk’s chapel, accessed from the garden. For further information, please visit http://www.ardchattan.co.uk/.
Entry to the Garden costs £4 (in cash, payment via Honesty box in Gardens).
4.00pm We expect the day to finish around 4.00pm.
Dunstaffnage Castle and Ardchattan are not accessible by public transport so we need to car-share so that everyone can come. If you need a lift, please let me know where from. If you are driving and have space for a Friend or two (old or new), please also let me know so that I can match you with a passenger(s).
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07943 667673 for a booking form.