Learning skills of the Picts

Aoife Dillon (11) from Leuchars, has her face painted by Triduana, one of the Pictavia Picts, watched on by Abbie Ramsay (12) and Tasmin Glass (12), both from Kirriemuir.

Aoife Dillon (11) from Leuchars, has her face painted by Triduana, one of the Pictavia Picts, watched on by Abbie Ramsay (12) and Tasmin Glass (12), both from Kirriemuir.

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Families from across Angus and Aberdeenshire travelled to Pictavia on Saturday, to learn some of the skills of the Picts, the mysterious warrior tribe who lived in Angus almost two thousand years ago.

“We were delighted by how many people came along to our Pict for a Day event,” said Cara Roberts of Pictavia, the award-winning visitor attraction on the outskirts of Brechin, just off the A90.

“We even entertained visitors from Scandinavia, hopefully bringing to an end the centuries old feud between the Vikings and the Picts!”

Dressed in Pictish outfits, with ancient Pictish symbols on their faces, children of all ages – and their parents - were able to try their hand at Pictish skills such as archery, making rush lights, creating pendants and boar hunting.

Following on from the success of Pict for a Day, on July 30, Romans from the Antonia Guard will be spending the day at Pictavia, providing a fascinating insight into the lives of the Roman soldiers who tried, in vain, to conquer the Picts.