Visitors to Scotland’s national nature reserves will this summer be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery with some ceilidh music.
Scottish Natural Heritage has teamed up with Fèis Rois to provide live music performances among the sights and sounds of the natural world.
The Fèis’ Ceilidh Trail will visit seven of national nature reserves (NNRs) over the coming weeks.
These events are part of a broad range of activities to encourage more visitors to the reserves and explore what we can all do to give nature a helping hand.
Head of nature reserves Stuart MacQuarrie said: “We’re hugely looking forward to welcoming visitors to our NNRs for a celebration of nature and fantastic music.
“We all benefit from nature in many ways – and we all have a role to play in creating a nature-rich future in Scotland. It’s not just about conservation – enhancing our nature is also part of the solution to the climate emergency.”
“It is great that outstanding young musicians will be using their skills and talents to encourage more people to get involved in helping nature flourish.”
Fiona Dalgetty, chief executive of Fèis Rois, said: “There is a strong connection with the Gaelic language, our traditional music and the Scottish landscapes.
“A number of the melodies our musicians play and the songs they sing reference the natural world. The Ceilidh Trail is an innovative cultural tourism project that enables visitors to hear high quality traditional music in unique locations across Scotland.”
The Ceilidh Trail’s NNR performances kick-off with a visit to Beinn Eighe on July 23, before appearances at St Abb’s, Falls of Clyde, Knockan Crag, Forsinard, Cairnsmore of Fleet and Loch Fleet NNRs. These performances are free of charge.