The Finlaggan Trust is delighted to have recently welcomed pupils and staff from Islay High School for a two-day field visit and workshop led by the Lochgilphead-based artist and tutor, Lesley Burr. Working in the linocut medium all sought inspiration from the site and the many artefacts on display at the Visitor Centre. We hope to have some more detailed pictures of the individual artworks in the near future.
Early reports on the new virtual reality installation are beginning to filter through. Here are two from BBC News and The Scotsman:
- BBC: Lords of the Isles medieval home in Islay recreated
- Scotsman: Inside the medieval home of the Lords of the Isles
The Finlaggan Visitor Centre will open on Saturday 30 March. We look forward to seeing again those who have visited us before and welcoming new visitors to the site.
The season promises to be an exciting one for the Trust. In addition to a number of major repairs to the access road, the Visitor Centre and Eilean Mor, we will also be showcasing our virtual reality reconstruction of the site during its height in the fifteenth century.
Working in collaboration with the University of St. Andrews this exciting project will provide visitors with some sense of Finlaggan at the zenith of the Lordship’s power. We will also be exhibiting a number of photogrammetrical reconstructions of some of the artefacts found at the site and around the island, in addition to some drone footage from Islay and Jura.
A Finlaggan app will also be available in the coming year, bringing yet another dimension to the visitor experience and help bring Finlaggan to the attention of a wider public. Updates will follow. Watch this space.
A very successful Venison Supper was held on Saturday 23 February, when some 60 friends and supporters sat down to a sumptuous 4-course meal, followed by entertainment and dancing. Once again, our grateful thanks to all the organisations and individuals who provided ingredients, dishes and help, and of course to all the entertainers and our Fear-an-Taighe for the evening, Andy McCowan.