(pronounced 'shore' and comes from the Gaelic word ‘Saorsa’, meaning freedom / liberty)
From Central Scotland and Fife, the ancient Celtic Kingdom of Scotland,
Saor Patrol and their unique sound of Scotland in the 21st century, brings together the sounds of the past into the present and launches the listener into an 'Exciting Clann and almost Tribal Experience'.
Those that have stood before SAOR PATROL while performing live never forget the feeling of power the feed the crowd and the visual image of their live experience. The energy they share on stage and with their audience during a performance, with their vibrant pipe tunes and thundering drum rhythms please and excite many a crowd from all walks of life.
The Clanranald Trust is constructing a full scale fortified medieval village in Carron Valley forest on the border of North Lanarkshire, Falkirk and Stirling councils. The village project has been named Duncarron and will be an interactive educational visitor attraction. The idea behind Duncarron is to provide an arena in which groups, individuals and school parties can experience the atmosphere of an authentic, medieval, working community with hands-on history, learning from seeing and experiencing the past. The project will be fully accessible to wheelchair users and those with restricted mobility.
Work on the project started in 1996 and construction on the Forestry Commission site commenced in 2004. November 2010 saw the larch palisade and all infrastructures completed.
The site infrastructure has been a time consuming and expensive commitment as the location had none existing. The site now has a Visitor Welcome & Volunteer Welfare facility and extensive foot-path network connecting the whole site.
As an educational tool to provide schools with hands-on experiences which cannot be provided within schools themselves, Duncarron Village will be unique. There are no other projects or facilities of this nature and scale in any other forest in Scotland.
The internal village exhibition structures will be; 4 longhouses, 4 roundhouses, 2 gatehouses, a blacksmith’s forge, a potter’s kiln and a medieval hospital and herb garden.
When the main structures are completed, our volunteers will be building and sourcing all components for the incorporated exhibition relating to the experience. From wool to garment – wool treatment, carving and spinning equipment; also looms for weaving, dyeing vats and sewing implements. From clay to kiln – clay workshop comprising tables and benches, potters wheels and tools; drying storage, glazing facilities and design ideas. History of writing from cave graffiti to paper books – equipment required includes Clay tablets, slates, stone carvings, vellum and other skins. The introduction of paper came to the UK in the 12 hundreds but had been used by the Chinese since 200AD and our working exhibition will include the process of creating paper.
The medieval garden will be designed using raised hurdle framed planting beds and will contain herbs and plants that were used throughout history for the purposes of cooking and health remedies. The herbs will be used in interactive exhibitions which will allow participants to experience first hand how to grow, prepare and use the products as they were used historically. The plants and herbs cultivated will be used as part of a living exhibition showing the medicinal and culinary uses of herbs/plants in medieval culture. The
garden will be fully accessible to wheelchair users and those with restricted mobility and will incorporate a sensory garden.
The village will have a traditional gatehouse with a guards’ platform and viewing tower. This entrance will be part of the exhibition and will be where most people enter the village. In addition Duncarron village needs a second, much larger, gate with access for disabled patrons and emergency vehicles. It is for this gate we are appealing for funding.
It is important that this Gate is more than a utility gate. We wish to make it as much of an experience for those who must enter the village through the disabled gates as for those who can climb the hill and knock on the Gatehouse.
To enable this we propose to build the Gate as a large wooden structure with a smaller, extra wide, door inset. There will be roped bells and speakeasy panels at three different heights in the gate, allowing the visitor to alert the guard of their arrival. The guard can then open the right panel and greet the visitor at eye level.
Duncarron is still currently under construction, and as such is a building site. We recommend visiting on our designated event days which you should find more info about under our events page.
Combat International are dedicated professional actors and combat re-enactment specialists. The teams are able to accurately recreate the fighting styles and look of warriors from many different eras and countries and their expertise and professionalism is now highly respected throughout the TV & Film Industry. We are no longer regarded as extras in productions. We are now recognised as combat performers. Someone like Ridley Scott, who we worked with in 'Gladiator' and 'Robin Hood', uses eight cameras at a time so he needs to see people engaged in combat in many different locations.
Find out more about Combat International at CombatInternational.com
The Clanranald Trust is the "home", the foundation of the Three Pillars.
The Clanranald Trust, a recognised charity, is an educational organisation established in 1995. The members of the trust are dedicated to promoting increased awareness of Scottish Culture and Heritage through interactive education and entertainment. Our aim is to present a true recreation of our nations past, striving to provide a fitting testimony to our ancestors.
The Trust has a small but dedicated management team and a large contingent of volunteers who assist with the objectives of the Trust. Goodwill and the enthusiasm of the volunteers, who donate their time towards raising the necessary funds, allow the Trust to continue realising its educational ambitions.
The Trusts fundraising activities include Historical hands-on displays, corporate themed entertainment, major Film & TV work.
The Trust has also achieved 20 successful years of experience working with schools.
We support the belief that interactive hands-on education is more beneficial to children’s learning. Our dedicated education team visit the classroom with costumes and props that can be handled safely. We cover many periods of history within the curriculum.
Who knows, next time you turn on your TV or go to the movies you might catch a glimpse of the Clanranald team on your the screen.
Join our community and like our Facebook page!