Our local primary school has thirteen pupils of all age ranges who follow a curriculum which encourages expeditions into the surrounding area. So the Ardnamurchan History and Heritage Association was able to accompany the pupils and their teachers to Mingary Castle yesterday to describe something of its history.
To reach the castle from the school is quite a walk but these young people set a brisk pace.
The pupils were welcomed by Sarah Houston and manager Sarah McInnes, and were made to feel very much at home - even though there was a lunch party going on in the dining room. They explored the chapel and secret passageway hidden within the curtain walls, the battlements (above), had a look at the 13th century toilet facilities (a garderobe hanging over the outside of the wall) and heard some of the many stories which a great castle like Mingary accumulates over hundreds of years of history.
The weather was warm and sunny, the children behaved perfectly, and the members of AHHA who accompanied them thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Many thanks to teacher Alison Munro and to the two Sarahs for making the visit possible.