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Kiltearn kids gear up for Groam House Museum takeover as Black Isle visitor attraction plots exciting end to 2023

By Hector MacKenzie

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Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie.
Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie.

AN acclaimed Black Isle museum is gearing up for a rousing end to the year – but will first this weekend be "taken over" by Easter Ross pupils.

While the end of the 2023 season is drawing near for Groam House Museum, the doors of the Rosemarkie-based Pictish and Celtic art specialist remain open on weekends for locals planning holiday shopping.

Canny Black Islers mentioning they are from the peninsula can also score a 10 per cent discount in the gift shop, which is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11am until 2pm up until December 10.

This weekend it will participate in the National Kids in Museums Takeover Day.

Kiltearn Primary pupils will be taking over the museum this Saturday, November 18 from 11am–2pm.

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A spokeswoman for the museum said: "These pupils have been working hard to learn all about the Picts. They will be dressed up in costume, greeting visitors, sharing their knowledge of the Picts and the carved stones in our museum, and leading family-friendly activities including artefact handling, Pictish games and more.

"It's open to the public – please come along and give these pupils the chance to show off their knowledge and passion for their local history."

Tim Edey.
Tim Edey.

Plans are also afoot for the next fundraising concert. Tim Edey’s Celtic Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 16t will be at 7pm at the Black Isle Leisure Centre.

Revellers are promised "a magical evening of Celtic music and Christmas cheer". The show aims to celebrates the music of both the Celtic tradition and the festive and sacred season.

He has been described as a go-to musician for the likes of The Chieftains and Sharon Shannon and Capercaillie and he has collaborated with the likes of renowned Scottish piper Ross Ainslie, harmonica player Will Pound, Mike McGoldrick and Dougie McLean. He won a BBC Radio Folk Award in 2012 and was BBC Scotland Musician of the Year in 2020.

Opening for Tim will be two young talented local women known as Kentra. Kate Macleod was part of the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail, and she is joined by her friend Amy Naulls. The fiddle and piano duo from the Highlands are "sure to impress you with their skill and youthful enthusiasm".

Tickets are £15 and available from the museum, ArtTickets and Eventbrite. https://tinyurl.com/GroamHouse

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