Kellie Castle steps gaily on the ‘Trad Trail’

Kellie Castle
Kellie Castle

The National Ceilidh Trail comes to historic Kellie Castle (pictured), near Pittenweem on Saturday, offering a taste of traditional Scottish music.

The National Trust for Scotland property is one stop on an extensive nationwide tour, part of a summer project aimed at developing young musical talent.

The Gaelic Arts organisation, Feis Rois, and the Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA) have teamed up for informal concerts, ceilidhs and music sessions at venues ranging from pubs and halls to markets and historic sites.

These events provide a platform for young musicians and give audiences an authentic experience of Scottish culture.

Trad Trails have been entertaining audiences for some time, but now the new National Ceilidh Trail allows this new talent to work alongside established players before performing at a hundred concerts, as part of Creative Scotland 2012.

Feis Rois Chief Executive, Fiona Dalgetty, describes it as, “A development opportunity for young musicians who are considering a career in traditional music.”

Roger Brown, property manager, said: “Kellie Castle has a long tradition of musical events and concerts including being used as a venue for the Pittenweem Arts Festival.

“We are delighted that The National Ceilidh Trail has chosen the castle as one of its venues, an ideal setting to showcase the musical talents of these young people.”

The castle’s history dates back to Robert the Bruce’s family and has a fascinating story of neglect then restoration which has created a beautiful building with delightful gardens.