This email made my morning!
“Just to let you know items arrived safe and sound.
“They look fabulous and they are going to make a lovely present.
“Good luck with your project and I hope before too long you have the castle looking how you would like it.
“Thank you again for getting it to us so quickly.”
and this one made my afternoon:
“I received the certificates yesterday and am really pleased with them so thank you so much. The bonus is that as it is for my father….I can now be called Lady!! My hunt to marry a Lord is off!”
and then this one received this evening has made my week:
“I am sorry to have put you to the trouble of resending it. But I am delighted with the gift and I thank you for also including a card to [the recipient] wishing him a happy birthday and so making it really personal.
“Your customer service has been outstanding, and not matched by any other business from whom I have purchased goods. Your team has been responsive, helpful and very professional. Thank you very much and by all means do share this positive feedback if it helps. I think this is a brilliant initiative to raise funds to restore your castle whilst also being a novel and interesting gift to someone for a special occasion.
“Thanks again and sorry for the extra trouble I put you to.”
Groupon customers in the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia have done a sterling job getting the word out – which makes the renovation programme for next year look more and more feasible. We’re so excited.
If you have a Groupon voucher, or would like to know more, please visit our central redemption site here.
We recently received this wonderful message:
What a perfect gift idea this was!
My retiring aunt Lady Anne is convinced that she has noble if not royal roots in Scotland. And I just love single malt whisky. Could there be any better reasons to return to your enchanting country time after time, year after year! Last May, during our whisky trip to Highlands and Speyside we visited the Inveraray Castle, and also ruins of Dunnottar Castle. A year before that, on our way to Islay, Jura, Highlands and Lowlands, we visited Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle (not to mention all the distilleries).
Now we know, where to go next time…
It’s a small step, but an essential one. For the architect’s survey at the end of the month, we need to make all the walltops safe. We have commissioned Brown’s of Strone to do the work, and they turned up this morning with a 3-tonne boom lift. The guys took me up this afternoon – suitably clipped on and wearing hardhat to see what the top looks like. Here are some images of the work.
And of course all of this is paid for by the ScottishLaird Project!
The panorama I took at the top shows how structurally sound the structure is despite not having a roof!
As all those who have been on tours at Dunans will know, the castle restoration is projected to take place over the next 5-8 years, and result in a public building with a visitor centre, exhibition/conference space and accommodation (for Lairds and Ladies) – but we’ll be publishing more on this once we have the architect’s plans in hand!
from the international edition of the Economist:
Cicci Rikanovic, a Swedish-Croatian, became “Lady Cicci Rikanovic of Chaol Ghleann” after she purchased a single square foot of land from the privately owned Dunans Castle for €45 in June. She describes her purchase as “a true commitment to the preservation of culture rather than a desperate longing for nobility”. The proceeds of the sale go to the restoration of the castle, damaged by fire in 2001. Every little helps.
Thankyou Lady Cicci for capturing the spirit of the project, and for helping us publicise what we are doing!
I just wanted to say that I am impressed with how well you keep the “lairds and ladies” updated with what’s going on at the castle. I am happy to see the work that’s being done at Dunans and to think that in a tiny way we can contribute and see it happen. My husband and I bought plots not because we cared about the imaginary titles, but more because we both have a passion for history and our heritage – we hoped that this project would truly try to fulfill its aims, unlike so many of other “laird” schemes out there. It is great to see all you’re doing to restore Dunans and work with the land!
I don’t think we need to add anything to this. Our facebook page is here
We’ve had so many requests for postcards, that we decided to do a set of ten images and create a wonderful souvenir of the project.
… and here’re some of the finest. The question is shall we make this a poster for the store? Let us know if you’d like to buy it!
If you would like to participate in a tour at Dunans, please let us know by email or on the contact form.
From posters to bracelets, from tartan to stationery, over the next couple of weeks you will find a whole host of new merchandise for Lairds and Ladies.
Our posters will be photographs at A3, A4 and A5 size on glossy photographic paper and include all the classic images of the castle and grounds as well as many more you may not have seen. We’ll be adding more and more over the next month so keep checking back!
Our jewellery, including bracelets, in sterling silver and semi-precious stones, is a lovely Scots addition to any Lady’s repertoire of glamourous accessories for Ceilidh and dinner party alike.
Coming soon are the tartan you’ll probably know about, and also our stationery! This is a direct response to requests from Lairds and Ladies who wish to buy business cards and stationery from us, rather than having to get it printed themselves.
We love to help, and we would love more suggestions, so let us know.
We have been having fun producing tartan designs on t-shirts and all sorts of other merchandise, which are all available here.
We’re delighted to announce that our tartan, Dunans Rising, is registered with the Register of tartans, here.
As the tartan is meant for ” … only for the use of those who have aided the restoration of Dunans Castle … ” all Lairds and Ladies qualify.
In celebration we have changed the background of this site to the tartan!
and we have already welcomed some wonderful folks to Dunans. Lairds and Ladies from Finland, Denmark, the US and Australia (among many other countries) have taken their free tour, and brought lots of their friends too. Stand-out among them all was Laird Jesper, a gentleman I was privileged to take on a tour mid-April. Laird Jesper’s parents brought him along, and I had a lovely time introducing him to his plot on the Lairds’ Island.
Yesterday Sadie and myself went over to Bute Fabrics in Rothesay to see / touch / delight in the new Dunans tartan for Lairds and Ladies. It is beautiful — I think you can see from our expressions how wonderful the tartan is in real life. The folks at Bute Fabric have done us proud! The tartan will be available to buy shortly from this site, and garments are about to be commissioned, so come back here soon to see how lovely the tartan looks as kilts, jackets and ties!