Dunkeld Ringers’ Tour to the West, 2011

Two years after visiting Orkney members of the group were off on their travels again – this time to the West.

Group in Little Dunkeld Kirk before setting off

 

DAY 1

First stop Oban on the west coast of the Scottish mainland where the first concert of the tour, in Kilmore & Oban Church of Scotland, was in aid of the Church Development Fund towards a new organ. Members of the audience, amazed at the number of bells and the amount of equipment we’d brought, seemed to enjoy our music and donated generously to the collection.

 

 

Group ringing in the church

 

 

DAY 2

All aboard the ferry from Oban to the Isle of Mull.

 On approaching Mull we sailed past Duart Castle, the ancestral home of the Chief of Clan McLean.

This was where our next performance was to be, this time in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Duart Castle

In The Great Hall, Duart Castle, with Sir Lachlan MacLean

 

DAY 3

Another ferry from Mull to The Isle of Iona to ring in the Abbey.

 

 

Approach to Iona

Group outside the Abbey

Ringing in the Abbey

 

DAY 4

 

A free day to enjoy Mull’s beautiful scenery.

Before our evening concert we enjoyed eating fabulous Fish and Chips from the Les Routiers accredited van on the pier.

This final concert was in aid of The Royal National Lifeboat Fund, a charity dear to the hearts of many in the audience

 

Tobermory Bay

 

DAY 5

Journeyed home having enjoyed lovely weather, beautiful scenery, good company and four highly successful concerts.

The total donated to the three charities amounted to £1028.74

 

 

Following these tours we are continually asked to return to the various venues. Our Constitution gives one of our aims as being “to promote the art of handbell ringing in the wider community”. Our tours (and sales of DVDs and CDs) attempt to do this and also raise money for charity. However, the tours are expensive to undertake and it is felt that future tours should introduce handbells to new audiences.