Dunstaffnage Castle set to come alive over the summer

Various re-enactment events will take place at Dunstaffnage Castle over the summer and during the October school break, including meeting a Viking trader. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn

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Dunstaffnage Castle is hosting a number of historic re-enactments over the summer, for the whole family to enjoy.
On Thursday July 7 until Wednesday 13 July you can join Alasdair, a veteran from the Jacobite uprising to hear about life as a soldier fighting for Bonnie Prince Charlie; or join local lad and pioneering sergeant to hear about this history of his regiment, the 94th regiment, or meet a 19th century Scottish soldier and hear about life during a campaign, fighting for the Duke of Wellington against Napoleon.

Hear about the process of being recruited from the local village and your chances of promotion, demotion and punishment for a long list of wrongdoings!

On Saturday July 16 until Tuesday July 19, you can join the medieval blacksmith for the castle and hear about the essential role he had in the castle and the community life. Learn about the evolution and mystery of smithing, from Iron Age onwards, when it was possible to pull a ‘sword from a stone’.

You can meet these soldiers and the ‘smithy’ across at weekends throughout July and August (July 23-26; August 1-3 and August 8 and 9), as well as October 15-20. On October 22 you will also have the opportunity to meet a Viking trader and hear of his travels and the tales of his gods. See what he’s been trading and what he holds dear to him.

The re-enactment events will take place in front of the castle between 11am and 4pm.
And while there, why not pay a visit to the castle itself. Admission charges apply to the castle or are free to members.