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september, 2023

23sep10:00 pm12:30 pmFrom Deep Time to Our Time - The Legend of Vanora with Lindsey GibbJoin us for one of east Perthshire’s greatest tales - the story of Vanora - told at the top of Barry Hill Fort near Alyth


Event Details

Did you know that east Perthshire hosts a dramatic, hidden story from the great King Arthur myth?

Vanora is the Scottish name for Guinevere – Arthur’s queen – and Barry Hill near Alyth is one of the key sites in her gruesome story.

We do not know when Vanora’s story was first told, but it would have been repeated and reshaped many times before Hector Boece first wrote down the legend in 1527.

Join our storyteller Lindsey Gibb who will reveal all that happened to this fateful queen, decoding it for our times, in what is probably the first time her story has been told on location at Barry Hill.

Places are limited to a maximum of 15 people and booking in advance is essential – you can find further information and secure your place here.

Barry Hill on the outskirts of Alyth. Image courtesy of Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust
Please note that the story of Vanora contains some content that people may find upsetting, including references to and descriptions of violence. It is not suitable for children under the age of 14. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

You may wish to bring snack rations and drinking water on this walk. Be prepared for Scotland’s varied weather with clothing for wet/cold and warm/dry conditions. Please wear sturdy footwear with ankle support suitable for mixed upland terrain. There are no public toilets on this route.

This session is part of The Cateran Ecomuseum’s innovative Museum of Rapid Transition programme which aims to reconnect people to heritage and traditions that are hidden and/or at risk, showing their practical relevance for more regenerative ways of living, bringing people together and enhancing a sense of place, stewardship and community resilience.

The walk is being delivered by the Cateran Ecomuseum with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players, as well as the Paths for All Smarter Choices Smarter People programme and the Cairngorms National Park Authority. s into Action (RICIA) Fund and Paths for All Smarter Choices Smarter Places programme.


(Saturday) 10:00 pm - 12:30 pm


Barry Hill


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