300 visitors open doors to learn about the Picts

Pictavia welcomed almost 300 visitors through its doors over the weekend of September 17/18.

“There was a fantastic mix of visitors to Pictavia during our free-entry weekend,” said Ken Slater of Pictavia, who was on duty during Pictavia’s Doors Open Days Weekend, which was part of Scotland’s Doors Open Days programme.

“There were families looking for somewhere different to go, historians with a keen interest in the Picts, people who knew nothing about the Picts, even a group of Americans who stopped off en-route to Aberdeen as they were curious about what was going on.

“But no matter why they were there, almost everyone mentioned that they thoroughly enjoyed their Pictavia experience and left the visitor centre knowing a lot more about the Picts than when they arrived.

“Hopefully, they’ll spread the word about Pictavia and its first class interpretation of the story of the Picts, which should encourage even more people to come along to our excellent visitor centre on the outskirts of Brechin.”

As well as finding out more about the Picts, the tribe who lived in Angus almost two thousand years ago, visitors were also able to try out the various activities on offer at Pictavia, including making rubbings of the mysterious symbols carved into ancient Pictish standing stones, playing replica Pictish musical instruments and experiencing the sights and sounds of the battle of Dunnichen.

“Following the trail of wild boar’s footprints proved very popular with younger visitors,” added Ken.