Carron Valley ready to go Doune the Rabbit Hole

Duncarron is more used to housing battles from history group Clan Ranald
Duncarron is more used to housing battles from history group Clan Ranald

A medieval fort is not the kind of location many people will associate with a music festival.

But then Doune the Rabbit Hole is not your average festival. The event, which is now in its third year, aims to provide a family-friendly environment very different to that of larger-scale festivals. Admittance for children under the age of 12 is free, as long they are accompanied by an adult ticket holder.

Doune the Rabbit Hole takes place at Duncarron Fort in Carron Valley, just a short distance from Denny, from August 24 - 26.

The fort is owned and managed by the Clanranald Trust, and aims to provide an authentic representation of how a Scottish clan chief’s residence would have looked 700 years ago.

The festival was first held in the town it’s named after, but organisers were forced to find a new venue this time around.

And for the man behind the festival, Duncarron was a perfect fit.

“The guys there have a wonderful attitude which fits in with us,” said Jamie Murray.

“It’s living history for kids to see and teach them how the Celts lived, and we’re trying to create a festival that feeds profits into a scheme which teaches kids to be creative - such as playing an instrument - so they’re grass roots like we are.”

There will be no fearsome warriors in attendance at Duncarron next weekend however; instead the cream of Scotland’s musical talent will be performing.

Headlining will be Human Don’t Be Angry, the new project from Falkirk’s very own Malcolm Middleton, and Glasgow’s The Phantom Band. They will be joined by former Arab Strap wordsmith Aidan Moffat, who will perform tracks from his award-winning album ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ alongside fellow Falkirk native Bill Wells.

And up-and-coming talent will be equally well represented, with Davey Horne amongst a number of young singer-songwriters on the bill.

It’s a line-up that Jamie is confident will prove a winner with attendees.

“We’re very happy with it, overjoyed especially as Aidan and Bill got the SAY award (awarded for best Scottish album).

“It’s so well-deserved. And also King Creosote who is from just up the road really - we’ve been trying to get him to play since the festival started.”

For ticket information, and details of shuttle buses running between the festival and Larbert train station, visit www.dounetherabbithole.co.uk.