Warbands XI

Once more the clashing of swords shall echo off stone walls! Harpelestane is proud to announce it will be hosting Warbands XI at Edzell Castle on the weekend of the 4th of June. Bring armour, weapons and good cheer, for all shires are requested to provide entertainment at the feast, be it a song, dance, play or any other form of diversion. In addition to the Warbands Scenario, other exciting armoured trials are to be expected! Numerous delightful rapier scenarios will also be running throughout the weekend.


Please note that all SCA weapons are acceptable. However, the limitations required by Historic Scotland mean that there can be no combat archery

The Pas d'Armes under torchlight will take place at Midnight, as is usual. Questions about the Pas d'Armes and the forms of combat adopted for it should be directed to Sir Michael de Brad (michaeldebrad@yahoo.com)

The feast will be held on Saturday evening in the historic Inglis Hall, Edzell. Because of fire safety limitations, we are only able to accept 100 people plus servers into the hall for the feast so please book promptly to avoid disappointment. Gentles with any specific dietary requirements should note them when booking.

Direct any queries regarding menu, special requirements etc. to the Reservation Steward who will be glad to assist. However we ask that you talk to us at least two weeks before the event. All gentles are encouraged to bring personal banners to decorate the feast hall, and entertainments for the revelers and, as is traditional, each Shire of the Isles will be asked to supply entertainment during the feast.

Site Details
The site will open at 1800 on Friday and will close at 1600 on Sunday, gentles wishing to arrive/depart outwith these times should contact the Reservation Stewart for further information. A list of those booked will hopefully appear at a later date.

Event Fee: £10-00 [Adults], £5-00 [under 12], Feast Fee: £7-50 (no child reduction). All UK bookings must be accompanied by payment. Any bookings made after 1st May will incur a late fee of £1. Cheques should be payable to 'SCA Shire of Harpelestane'.

Autocrat Team:
Reservations Steward
Athelstane the Innkeeper,
(Andrew Patterson)

Marshal in Charge:
Lord Richard the Rampant
(Paul Thane-Clarke)

Rapier Co-ordinator:
Lord Cynewulf of Wintancaestre
(Jon Addison)

Head cook:
Lady Mariella d'Arrezzo
(Claire Mckinnell)

Due to concerns over increased erosion and stone damage to the castle we will NOT be able to offer scenarios which involve combat within the structure of the castle. All fighting will take place either within the castle courtyard or external to the castle.

Accommodation Information
Camping space is available at the castle with the following provisos.

The Castle site is DRY, by Historic Scotland's request - the Feast Hall is wet.

All camping fires MUST be off the ground.

Tent pegs should not penetrate the ground by more than 15cm (6 inches).

Parents will be responsible for children at all times.

Edzell is located on the east cost of Scotland approximately half way between Aberdeen to the north and Dundee to the south. The closest town is Brechin (5 miles).

By Road
Take your best route north to Dundee, and from there follow the A90 towards Aberdeen. At the second turning for Brechin (approx. 25 miles), follow the signs for Edzell (B966). Continue into Edzell village through the large stone arch - the feast hall is the large building with a clock tower just inside the arch on the right, opposite the Glenesk Hotel - and proceed through it to the far end. Turn left, following the signs for Edzell Castle. The castle is approximately 1 mile from the turn, down a long drive to the right (signposted). Please park as directed, to allow other visitors to the castle room to park.

By Rail
First ScotRail operate services to Aberdeen or Inverness from Edinburgh which call at Montrose, the closest Railway Station to Edzell (approx. 15 miles). Services take approximately 1hr 40mins from Edinburgh. Take a taxi from here (expensive!) We can arrange transport for you but only with forward notice. Contact the Reservation Steward well in advance.

By Air
The closest international airport is Edinburgh, which is 90 miles (approx 2 hours by road) away. The nearest local airports are Aberdeen or Dundee, both 40 mins to 1 hour by road. We will try and assist with transport where possible, but please arrange this well in advance.