Clan Donald Magazine No11 (1987) Online
The Clan Donald Centre
Greetings from the
Clan Centre on the Isle of Skye. In the last issue of the Clan
Donald Magazine (Vol. 10), I wrote about our progress here on Skye
and I'm happy to report that since then as a visitor attraction we
have continued to grow in quality and popularity.
This quality of our
work was recognised last year when we received a total of seven
awards, covering a wide range of categories. First for the
Architecture of our Stables conversion we were in receipt of the
supreme award for Scotland the Regeneration of Scotland Award. In
the same category, we were given a Civic Trust Award by the Highland
Regional Council for the work at the Stables.
hi Tourism, we
achieved recognition from the British Guild of Travel Writers and
the British Tourist Authority.
The Plasterwork at
the Stables received the Scottish Region Award given by the British
Guild of Plasterers. Lastly, our Museum Exhibition was runner-up in
the Museum of Scotland Awards and our marketing efforts were
recognised by the British Tourist Authority. This was just reward
for the hard work and dedication of all of the staff here at
Armadale and for the direction and leadership given to us by the
Board of Trustees. All of this would not have been possible though,
without the continued generous support of the Glencoe Foundation
Inc. of the USA and every MacDonald or adherent owes this
organisation a great debt of gratitude.
today's hectic ways, you can't get by on what youi did yesterday,
but only on what you are doing today and what you will do in the
future. I'm happy to report that our Board of Trustees are not a
group to rest on their laurels and already further development
plans are being looked at.
When we purchased the
land in 1972, we had a great deal of work ahead of us. The gardens
were in a particularly bad state. The buildings were ruined and
unsafe, yet here we are today, a nourishing tourist development with
one of the finest gardens in the Highlands and a Museum
Exhibition that is enjoyed by 40,000 visitors annually. The Trustees
are presently considering some restoration plans for the Bryce
Section of Armadale Castle. Presently only a shell, this building
could provide a home for our valuable collection of Estate papers,
Library Books and Maps and perhaps allow us to offer Summer courses
on the study of the Clan's history. The
building could also provide us with a much needed auditorium,
perhaps to seat as many as 250-300 people. Rooms will be provided
for Exhibition expansion and Galleries, with the ground floor
providing a great hall for Museums expansion and Clan gatherings.
What's the price tag on all this you may ask, well we don't expect
much change from a �1,000,000 investment.
Raising this sum will
be an extremely difficult task and perhaps impossible, but we are
going to try and we hope that many of the reputed 3,000,000
MacDonalds worldwide, will give us support.
The work of the Trust
will be forever on-going, as there are so many Clan sites, both on
and off Skye, in urgent need of attention. To add to this is our
commitment to promote our Cultural heritage, this we do by our
sponsorship of Pibroch seminars, for the John McFadyen Trust. Our
sponsorship of the Writer's Awards at the An Comunn Gaidhealach
our purchase of Clarsachs for the local school and the creation of a
Clarsach School here at Armadale; to name but a few. In addition, we
developed projects for the restoration of the Well of the Seven
Heads Monument in Invergarry and the preservation of some historic
stones on Islay.
Presently we are
working closely with the Finlaggan Trust for the restoration of a
cottage to house an Exhibition and to provide a cover for the carved
stones on the Island, while the ruined Chapel is stabilized and
restored. We will also be developing a project to repair and clean up the monument site, commemorating the
Glencoe massacre, this we hope to complete in 1987.
If you feel you can
be of some help in accomplishing the goals of the Trust, please
don't hesitate to contact us.
To anyone coming to Skye in
the near future, come down to the clan Centre and see for yourself
how our Clan has once more assumed its rightful role of Ceannas
Nan Gaidheal, the Headship of the Gael, setting examples for others to follow.
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