Having a wild time among the Picts
CELTIC and Pictish hordes – and the odd Roman – descended on Lochgilphead for the second annual festival organised by Lochgilphead Community Council. Suilven and dad Daniel Griffiths with Pete Creech and his badger pal from the Heart of Argyll wildlife group enjoyed themselves.
FOR A second year running, Lochgilphead front green was invaded by Pictish, Celtic and Roman warriors, battling local children and confusing them with their labyrinth walk.
The Lochgilphead Celtic and Pictish Festival, held on Saturday August 5, was organised by Lochgilphead Community Council in partnership with Lochgilphead Phoenix Project.
And organisers were delighted to see more than 350 visitors throughout the day.
The main attraction was the Swords of Dalriada re-enactment group, which put on two entertaining shows, including getting the youngsters to be Pictish warriors to attack the Romans and Celts with foam swords. This went down very well with the children with several coming back for another round later in the day.
Other activities included a 40-foot labyrinth laid out by Margaret Ker from Ford, who also provided information about the history of labyrinths and rock art.
There was also the opportunity to take part in weaving and spinning workshops led by Louise Oppenheimer, of Drimvore, and Caroline Kuchmeister, of Dunoon.
And Mary Carol Souness from Fort William ran craft workshops.
Stalls run by Lochgilphead Community Council, Lochgilphead Phoenix Project, Heart of Argyll Wildlife and the MS Centre also proved popular with visitors.
Brian MacLennan, treasurer of Lochgilphead Community Council, said: ‘We have learned a lot in the past two years and are very happy we are able to put on this event for the people of Lochgilphead and get them involved.
‘It was a great day but we won’t rest on our laurels.
‘We are determined to keep learning and improving to make our Celtic and Pictish Festival even bigger and even better next year.’
Members of Swords of Dalriada re-enactment group prepare for battle.
Learning traditional skills.
Louise Oppenheimer, left, was on hand to teach weaving workshops.
The children attack.