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Monthly newsletter just published! | Scottish Laird Monthly newsletter just published!

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Every month we send out our email newsletter to over 40,000 Lairds and Ladies! Are you receiving it? Or have you stopped receiving it? Let us know and we can add your email to this list, or reactivate it. Email us at help@scottishlaird.com or join by clicking here and filling out the form! What can you expect? Well, every month you'll receive an email with news on our progress on the recovery of the castle, the bridge and the grounds - and the essential links to catch up with where we are!  We're presently working on  phase one  of the castle restoration, the Clearance and Consolidation...

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The Next Step at Dunans: A New Welcome! | Scottish Laird The Next Step at Dunans: A New Welcome!

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If you are a subscriber to the ScottishLaird Newsletter (here) you will already know that we are planning big things at Dunans this year. One of these is a new reception and office building at the top of the drive which we will be making out of recovered containers. 

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Customs Officials Drink Dunans Tea in the Czech Republic! | Scottish Laird Customs Officials Drink Dunans Tea in the Czech Republic!

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We're not sure, but we think there may be a tea fan among the customs officials in this lovely European state

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Dunans Rising Tartan is now in stock! | Scottish Laird Dunans Rising Tartan is now in stock!

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Delighted to say that we have received the first batch of three bales of Tartan from one of our suppliers, and it is beautiful!

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Extraordinary Ecosystem change: Can Pine Martens control Grey Squirrels to the benefit of the Reds?

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Another one of those thought-provoking ecosystem observations, this time from Ireland, which if taken up could see the grey tree rats exiled from these islands altogether. I kid you not! http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/30/how-to-eradicate-grey-squirrels-without-firing-a-shot-pine-martens Something perhaps to consider and debate with the community forest at Stronafian … Should it be Grey or Gray – given the source of … Continue reading Extraordinary Ecosystem change: Can Pine Martens control Grey Squirrels to the benefit of the Reds?

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A Valentines Day Gift: Chocolates from ScottishLaird

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Not sure we need to say much more, except that our sensational selection of six Scottish chocolates were made as a special commission for us by the excellent Caramiche Chocolatiers who can be found in Dunoon in a gorgeous haze of chocolateness … Chocolates helping restore a castle in Scotland – wonderful! There’s the Dunans … Continue reading A Valentines Day Gift: Chocolates from ScottishLaird

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Landslip at Dunans: Ravine path closed, repairs imminent!

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This winter has been very hard on the grounds at Dunans. We’ve seen so much intense rainfall that the paths, like last year, are a quagmire. Some relief was afforded by the freeze of last week, but the problem is deep-seated and is about what is happening to the climate overall. In early January the … Continue reading Landslip at Dunans: Ravine path closed, repairs imminent!

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Safety First at Dunans: Protecting our visitors and also the castle

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Over the last year, as you’ll know if you have been following us, we’ve put in place a variety of surveys, plans and consultations which will help us realise the restoration of the castle. Over Christmas David Wright helped us take a small step further by installing a safety fence around the castle. Now most … Continue reading Safety First at Dunans: Protecting our visitors and also the castle

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Deeply Wintry: Dunans clothed in snow

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We went out at midday a couple of days ago for a walk. Felt like walking in a subterranean world. Extraordinary.

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Topography at Dunans: Contour lines galore in this detailed examination of the landscape around the castle

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GMGeomatics reported last week, and these are the results. I think you will agree that the detail here is astounding! I’ve included the legend to ensure you get all the detail. One thing I really like, is the movement from hot colours (high) to cool colours (low) – a nice intuitive visual touch. The full … Continue reading Topography at Dunans: Contour lines galore in this detailed examination of the landscape around the castle

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New Products on ScottishLaird: In time for Christmas, Caps, Waistcoats, Ladies Kilts and Sashes

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We had a lot of fun putting together our Dunans Rising tartan range this year, and here’s the final batch – all available at the revamped ScottishLaird.com in time for Christmas!!

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Adding Festive Baubles: Our ScottishLaird.com site gets a refresh for the sheer merriness of it!

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A good day today for a lot of reasons, not least the creation of three picture baubles for the Scottish Laird website. Also, watch out on the 10th December for new offers both from the site and Groupon UK. With the top page of the slightly restructured website I had thought about a background of … Continue reading Adding Festive Baubles: Our ScottishLaird.com site gets a refresh for the sheer merriness of it!

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Lairds and Ladies Website: Revamped and new content added

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We’ve just implemented some long overdue changes to the Lairds’ and Ladies’ website, and more are on the way. We’ve changed the look, creating a website that uses the same template as the ScottishLaird.com website, but darker (to distinguish it). This is Desktop, tablet and mobile friendly. We’re still working on this, so treat it … Continue reading Lairds and Ladies Website: Revamped and new content added

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Clearing Dunans Castle: the tender for the clearance and consolidation work has been issued.

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This last week, the team behind the castle renovation, particularly Robin Kent Architecture and Conservation has issued the tender for the clearance and consolidation of the castle. This is an essential pre-requisite for the final design on the castle itself, as well as laying the groundwork for the renovation as well. We’re delighted to have … Continue reading Clearing Dunans Castle: the tender for the clearance and consolidation work has been issued.

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Dunans and the Seaplane: Loch Lomond Seaplanes fly us over Dunans on a perfect day for photos!

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Today we had a marvellous outing courtesy of Sadie. For my birthday last year my darling wife gave me a jaunt in the Loch Lomond Seaplane. Well, today we finally got to go. It was a truly brilliant day out, and the highlight was of course circling Dunans in the morning sunlight before going off … Continue reading Dunans and the Seaplane: Loch Lomond Seaplanes fly us over Dunans on a perfect day for photos!

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Thank Groupon Its Friday! Yes, we’re up to our knees in another Groupon UK Promo …

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… beginning tonight at midnight, we have another UK promotion of our River titles. Not only that we’ve also been prepping Swedish and Danish campaigns while also fulfilling Norwegian and Finnish orders. Which is great because we also just heard that our architect, Robin Kent is about to start work on the first of our … Continue reading Thank Groupon Its Friday! Yes, we’re up to our knees in another Groupon UK Promo …

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Thank Groupon Its Friday! Yes, we’re up to our knees in another Groupon UK Promo …

Posted by Dixon-Spain on

… beginning tonight at midnight, we have another UK promotion of our River titles. Not only that we’ve also been prepping Swedish and Danish campaigns while also fulfilling Norwegian and Finnish orders. Which is great because we also just heard that our architect, Robin Kent is about to start work on the first of our … Continue reading Thank Groupon Its Friday! Yes, we’re up to our knees in another Groupon UK Promo …

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