The Soldiers of Killiecrankie Ceilidh is your chance to experience a traditional family ceilidh first hand in the height of the summer. Ceilidhs more often run over the winter months in Scotland and are particularly popular at Hogmanay and New Year.
What sets our Soldiers of Killiecrankie Ceilidh apart from many others is that the re-enactors and performers join in, in period costume, not only dancing, but with stories, songs and playing music, as at ceilidhs of old.
Ceilidh originated in Scotland and Ireland, where Gaelic is spoken. In Scottish Gaelic it is spelled cèilidh (Scottish Gaelic pronunciation: [ˈkʲʰeːli]), and in Irish it is spelled céilí (Irish pronunciation: [ˈceːlʲiː]). (Thank you Wikipedia)
A 'ceilidh' is a communal entertainment where stories and tales, poems and ballads are rehearsed and recited, and songs are sung, The Soldiers of Killiecrankie Ceilidh is held in the BIG Tent of the battlefield. 8pm to midnight.
There is a bar and food too (At the time of updating this piece the decision is sandwiches or a BBQ organised by the bar team).
Free Entry to the Ceildih. This year 2017, we have Andrew Gordon playing for us. There is a bar which will also have food for purchased.
Why a Free Ceilidh? We have decided we have to make this free entry on account of us having to obtain a Public Entertainment License (if we ask people to pay), a level of bureaucracy we as a Community run event just do not need. We believe community run activities such as ours, should be exempt from this tax.