Summer 2022

There have been a lot of changes taking place behind the scenes to get ready for the summer of 2022!

The website has been overhauled to prepare it for the way forward. Also, in order to “stay on course”, Cluaran has changed tack. Cluaran has become part of a community interest company called “Wordsmith Crafts C.I.C.”. It will continue to be recognisable as a project, and one day might set sail again as it’s own entity. For now though it is the living, breathing, hands on heritage part of Wordsmith Crafts.

During lockdown we started to do a lot more online storytelling. This has led to several “in person” bookings. We hope to develop this over the next few months. We will also be sending expeditions around the UK to learn new skills – and might even make it overseas as well!

Please explore the site to read about what we hope to do. Get in touch if you have a suggestion or would like to get involved.


Welcome to the new site!

Welcome to our new WordPress site. Historical entries from the Skippers log will be uploaded here – as well as all the new things which are happening.


Winter 2021

We have had a pretty good summer! It was great to get out and about, although our usual regular big shows did not return.

We worked in a new site at Crosmichael. This was an opportunity to interpret the Viking era hoard discovered just accross the river from where we were camping. We also were able to get two of our boats out onto the water – and sail. Both the Catkin curragh we built and the Cluaran yole rowed around the loch. We built a jetty and told stories to the crown from it.

We managed to visit two of our regular Edinburgh schools (George Watson Junior and Cargilfield) although with a reduced crew as the regulations and changes in peoples lives have made everything just that little bit more tricky.

In the Autimn we were funded by Galloway Glens to visit more primary schools. With new recruit Hrefna, we have brought history to life for hundreds of primary school pupills. We have turned their lunch halls into maps of the world, watched their villages develop from settlements into Jarls offs as they play story games.

Tales from the Longhouse are back! We started in November and have guests booked until March. We have also been booked for the “Big Burns Supper. This is an international event held in Dumfries. We are hoping to have an “In person” Tales from the Longhouse session – but lets see what omicron turns out like. At least the Floating Monastery exists both online and in the physical world! we are well placed to navigate whatever comes.


Summer 2021

As Lockdown eases we adapt again. Some people are still restricted from travelling. We all need to continue to be cautious,  as the plague needs people to travel. However, some events that were postponed last year are preparing to happen. This has meant a lot of things have come at a rush. Our equipment has been repurposed, networks scattered and some people are still isolating. It is good to be taking part in events though…     

Tales from the Longhouse has been running throughout Lockdown. With a good solid attendance and two skilled resident storytellers this has been a highlight of the month for all involved. We have also enjoyed the company of guest storytellers with a wide range of stories – but all told in a way which woudldn’t be out of place in an actual longhouse on the shores fo Galloway. The summer of 2021 is going to be needed to recover from lockdown last year, and work out what we can do next year. It’s alsomes as if someone has shouted “Ready About!” and now we are trying to remember which sheets need to be held, and which let go. When we tack though, we look forward to an exciting new course!