Stornoway publishers Acair are joining in events marking the 25th anniversary of the Assynt Crofters’ Trust formally taking possession of the North Lochinver Estate in 1993.

To mark this anniversary, the Trust is organising a week-long celebration of Crofting – Past, Present & Future, from Saturday 30th June.

Speakers including Alistair Mackintosh, from Lochs, and Anne-Marie Fyfe are scheduled to appear.  

And a marquee at Stoer Green will see Acair’s launch of Judith Napier’s definitive biography of Allan MacRae, one of the founders of the Trust, on Wednesday July 4th at 2pm.

There will be readings and conversation, plus the chance to buy the new book. Guest speakers will include David Ross, long-time Highland correspondent of the Herald newspaper in Glasgow. 

Other planned events include a hill race, a fishing competition, a creative writing competition, a series of workshops based on the archaeology of Clachtoll Broch, sheepdog handling, sheep shearing etc, working with wool and a photographic competition to be judged by Robin Gillanders, whose portrait of Allan MacRae now hangs in the Scottish Parliament.

There will be a series of music events – a ceilidh to mark the launch of the Assynt Trust’s new boat for the disabled on Loch Drumbeg and a concert to launch a brand new CD by Rory Matheson, Kim Maclennan and Anna Buxton – culminating in the Fèis  in the Fank – an all-night festival of Scottish music with Skerryvore, Blazin' Fiddles, James Graham, Rory Matheson and the Skala Ceilidh Dance Band, and many more.

Saturday June 30th - Friday July 6th

Date

Event

Saturday 30th June 2018

A Celebration of Fishing

The wheelie boat launch and Ceilidh

All-abilities fishing competition

Drumbeg Loch and Hall

Sunday 1st July 2018

A Celebration of Faith

A non-denominational service by Murray Campbell 

The Marquee Stoer Green

Monday 2nd July 2018

A Celebration of our past

Events including Broch activities, geological exhibitions, photographic exhibition guided walks and an evening hill run - The Peat Road Challenge and also the Fèis Fun Run for the kids

Tuesday 3rd July 2018

A Celebration of Music and poetry

Music workshops with Rory Matheson, Anna Buxton, Kim MacLennan , Henry Fosbroke and others and Creative Writing workshop with poet Anne-Marie Fyfe

Creative Writing prize-giving and concert

Wednesday 4th July 2018

A Celebration of a life - Allan  MacRae

A debate from the Scottish Crofting Federation and launch of Judith Napier's definitive biography of Allan

Thursday  5th July 2018

A Celebration of Sheep - Ewe to You

Sheepdog handling, sheep shearing and husbandry alongside demonstrations of wood crafts including spinning, weaving, knitting and felting

Friday 6th July 2018

The  Fèis  in the Fank

A special night of music food and dance to end the week. Performances from Blazin' Fiddles, Skerryvore, Rory Matheson, Kenny John, Skala Ceilidh Dance Band, James Graham, Traligill and 2+1.  A night to remember. Tickets available here