Bikers mount their steel horses and ride to the rescue for Duncarron medieval village

One of Scotland's leading biker groups is coming to the end of its fundraising crusade to try to ensure a medieval village in Carron Valley can continue to remain open.

By James Trimble
Monday, 22nd June 2020, 3:09 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd June 2020, 10:28 am

Duncarron, created by the Clanranald Trust, was set up to promote Scottish culture and Scottish heritage through entertainment and education, and has been instrumental in making Scotland a desired location for films such as Outlander, Outlaw King, Norwegian comedy Norsemen and Gladiator.

The Widows Sons, a fraternal motorcycle-riding association, teamed up with the trust to raise funds to offset the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Duncarron.

Clanranald had been optimistic about 2020 following the village’s grand opening in 2019, but with the film industry on hiatus and educational trips being suspended, major sources of funding unfortunately dried up.

Clanranald Trust's Charlie Allan at the gates of. Duncarron Medieval Village

The Widows Sons are selling bespoke t-shirts with the appeal logo, and are also holding an online raffle where ticket holders can win anything from a weekend away to antique swords for £1 a ticket.

All donations are going straight to the Duncarron Appeal.

Alan Boyle, president of Widows Sons Scotland, said: “Duncarron Medieval Fort is a jewel in Scotland's crown and offers the chance for our youth to learn in a practical way about life in that era.

“Duncarron has been self-funded by renting it out to TV and film companies along with supplying period fighters through Combat International for these projects and a sizeable chunk of the band Soar Patrol’s earnings.

“All their income streams have dried up and the village is receiving no financial help from national government, local government or Lottery funding.”

The Widows Sons have coined in an impressive £4000 over the last month and even gained the support of Outlander star and one-time James Bond hopeful Sam Heughan, who has raised awareness of Duncarron’s struggles through his Twitter feed.

Tickets for the prize draw are available until noon on Sunday, June 28.

People can visit the Widows Sons Scotland Facebook page to purchase a ticket or get more information.