Author Archives: Andrew Carmichael

Rice n Spicy Click & Collect

Carmichael Farm Shop is now a Rice n Spicy Click and Collect point.

If you haven’t tried a Rice n Spicy curry or pakora then it is time to give it a go. These delicious Punjab  curries are hand made and use Carmichael Estate meats as their sole red meat supplier. For more information on Rice n Spicy and to order click and collect please go to their website.

 

Easter Sunday Eggstravaganza 2019

Easter Sunday Eggstravaganza 2019

Sunday 21st April – 10am-5pm

An Eggtastic day out for all the family!

  • Join in our Easter Egg Hunt in Bunny Wood – 11am & 2pm
  • Win prizes in the Easter Egg and Spoon Race -12.30pm
  • See the Farm Animals
  • Easter Egg Painting and Spring Crafts in the Tearoom
  • Delicious Healthy Food in the Farm Shop and Tearoom
  • Treasure Hunt & History Quest

Entry for this event is only £3.95 per child, £2.50 per accompanying adult. Limited tickets available on the day – advance booking available.

Please Note: The entry price gives you access to one of the two Easter Egg hunts (adults – remember the eggs are for the kids!!), the Easter Egg painting competition (open all day – judging at 3pm) and the Easter Egg and Spoon Race. It also gives you access to the playground, animals, wax model museum and any other competitions run on the day.

Carmichael Visitor Centre and Farm Shop

Warrenhill Farm, Thankerton, Near Biggar, ML12 6PF:

Carmichael Visitor Centre is on the A73 between Lanark/Biggar.

Tel: 01899308169/336

email: enquiries@carmichael.co.uk

website: www.carmichael.co.uk

Dynamic Handyperson / Housekeeper couple required for busy self catering business, accom provided

We are looking for an enthusiastic couple to help out in our family run  tourism and self-catering business based near Biggar in South Lanarkshire Scotland. Our diversified rural Estate is located just 1 hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow so ideal as a summer touring base on days off. The Estate has 16 self catering holiday cottages, a farm shop and a small meat processing plant which produces meats for the local Farmers Markets.

We are looking for happy, honest individuals with great attitudes and a willingness to be flexible and work to a high standard on a range of different tasks. 

One of the applicants must be willing to dedicate the main part of their working day to housekeeping, cleaning and washing duties in the cottage business and occasionally work in the Farm Shop. The other should have some experience  in maintenance and be willing to solve problems both internal and external in the cottages and other buildings. Both applicants should be willing to get stuck into painting and decorating projects as required. At some points the successful applicants will be able to work together but most of the time they will be either working alone or as part of a small group. 

Carmichael is a great place to live and the positions are an ideal opportunity to become part of a small team for the summer. Accommodation is offered with these exciting summer positions. The advertised positions are seasonal and can start any time after the 1st April 2019 and finish on the 1st October 2019.

Please reply in the first instance with CVs, recent photographs of each candidate, and any other information which you feel may benefit your application.

halloween, scare, events

Halloween Scare Fest, its that spooky time again

Halloween Sunday Scare Fest

At Carmichael Visitor Centre, Farm Shop & Bistro

Sunday 28th October 2018

11am – 4pm

Prepare to be very afraid!!

· Experience our Spooky Wax Model Darkness Tours – prepare for strobe lights, smoke effects and scary frights

· Horrible blindfolded challenges

· Halloween fancy dress competition

· Spooky craft workshop

· Meet our freaky staff

· Scarily good food available all day in the Carmichael Bistro & Farm Shop

£3.50 per child – £2.50 per adult

Easter Sunday Eggstravaganza 2018

Easter Sunday Eggstravaganza 2018

Sunday 1st April – 10am-5pm

An Eggtastic day out for all the family!

  • Join in our Easter Egg Hunt in Bunny Wood – 11am & 2pm
  • Win prizes in the Easter Egg and Spoon Race -12.30pm
  • See the Farm Animals
  • Easter Egg Painting and Spring Crafts in the Tearoom
  • Delicious Healthy Food in the Farm Shop and Tearoom
  • Treasure Hunt & History Quest

Entry for this event is only £3.95 per child, £2.50 per accompanying adult. Limited tickets available on the day – advance booking available.

Please Note: The entry price gives you access to one of the two Easter Egg hunts (adults – remember the eggs are for the kids!!), the Easter Egg painting competition (open all day – judging at 3pm) and the Easter Egg and Spoon Race. It also gives you access to the adventure playground, animals, wax model museum and any other competitions run on the day. Adult entry includes a free cup of tea or coffee in the tearoom.

Carmichael Visitor Centre and Farm Shop

Warrenhill Farm, Thankerton, Near Biggar, ML12 6PF:

Carmichael Visitor Centre is on the A73 between Lanark/Biggar.

Tel: 01899308169/336

email: enquiries@carmichael.co.uk

website: www.carmichael.co.uk

New Year Message 2018 from Chief Richard

New Year Message 2018 from Chief Richard

Hopefully all subscribers have now received our December 2017 Broken Spear Clan newsletter number 51 and have enjoyed it as much as Don & Mary from Indiana who described it as one of the best yet. Equally positively I firmly hope that 2018 will be a good year for all Carmichaels. Attached, as a taster gift for those who haven’t subscribed, is an article from the 51st Broken spear which was inspired by our Clan events in 2017.

Happy New Year 2018 to all.

(Richard Carmichael of Carmichael 30th Chief on Hogmanay.)

 

Clan Carmichael and the Jacobites

Two events in the summer of 2017 got me thinking about the Jacobites impact on the Carmichaels. The first was my 30th Chief’s Highland Tour to Oban where on Tuesday 29th August we visited Appin and in particular the castles of Dunstaffnage and Stalker, both historically at times the homes of the Stewarts of Appin.  The second event was a fantastic display in The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh called Bonnie Prince Charlie & The Jacobites; which we managed to take the day of and go around just before it closed in early November.

The golden rule for Clan longevity is to have participants on both sides in any major war so that when clan lands are forfeited to the crown they eventually are given back to the Carmichaels who were on the winning side. This is of course a perilous exercise as in the case when four sons of the First Lord Carmichael were commanding opposing forces at the battles of Dunbar, Marston Moor and Philiphaugh in 1649/1650. Captain John Carmichael and James Carmichael of Bonnytoun fought for King Charles whilst Sir Daniel Carmichael of Hyndford and Maudslie and his elder brother commanded the Clydesdale Regiment at both Marston Moor and Philiphaugh.

Family tragedy struck when Capt. John was killed in armed combat with his elder brother at Marston Moor.

As far as I can tell the numbers of Carmichaels who supported the Jacobites were roughly equal to the number of Carmichaels who supported King George and the Hanoverians. Obviously the Carmichaels in the west were supporters of Stewart of Appin or MacDougall and were for Bonnie Prince Charlie as were the Carmichaels of Eastend and many others. Most of these had their lands forfeited. The Third Earl of Hyndford who was the Chief at Carmichael however was Ambassador to Prussia for the King and indeed concluded the Peace at Aix La Chapelle, which eventually effectively ended the Jacobite cause. King George and Britain gained from the treaty from one particular clause that finally compelled the French to recognise the Hanoverian succession and expel the Jacobites from France in 1748.

The National Museum exhibition had a computer graphic re-enacting the battle of Culloden and I watched in horror as the Stewarts of Appin with their Carmichael banner bearers as battalion number 3 wheeled into action in the front row of the fiercest fight and were encircled and wiped out within an hour. These Carmichaels were from Lismore and many were macghilliemichels and some descendants of  Elizabeth Carmichael of Meadowflatt, mistress to King James and thus mother of some Royal Stewarts. King James had rebuilt Castle Stalker as a falconry base in 1540 and both James IV and V used it often for this sporting purpose. The name “stalker” means “stalcaire” which in English is “Falconer”.

As we marched out of Edinburgh castle this summer with our clan retinue of 85 we represented ages from to 2 to 82 and family and clan supporters from 8 countries America, Canada, England, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, Cyprus and Scotland.

This was the first time the Clans had been allowed back into Edinburgh castle since the Jacobites took the castle and Holyrood Palace in 1745. Apart from the massed pipes and drums we were escorted from the Great Hall onto the castle esplanade on August 24th by a small Jacobite force. As we marched past in our full tartan regalia these Jacobite performers  were “high five-ing” my grandchildren.  The revenge vendetta in the Highlands following the 1745 revolt was horrific and the Tattoo this year coupled with the exhibition some 272 years later can only help us remember and never forget our family contribution on both sides.

Easter Eggstravaganza 2017

Easter Sunday Eggstravaganza 2017

Sunday 16th April – 10am-5pm

An Eggtastic day out for all the family!

  • Join in our Easter Egg Hunt in Bunny Wood – 11am & 2pm
  • Win prizes in the Easter Egg and Spoon Race -12.30pm
  • See the Farm Animals
  • Easter Egg Painting and Spring Crafts in the Tearoom
  • Delicious Healthy Food in the Farm Shop and Tearoom
  • Treasure Hunt & History Quest

Entry for this event is only £3.95 per child, £2.50 per accompanying adult. Limited tickets available on the day – advance booking available.

Please Note: The entry price gives you access to one of the two Easter Egg hunts (adults – remember the eggs are for the kids!!), the Easter Egg painting competition (open all day – judging at 3pm) and the Easter Egg and Spoon Race. It also gives you access to the adventure playground, animals, wax model museum and any other competitions run on the day. Adult entry includes a free cup of tea or coffee in the tearoom.

Carmichael Visitor Centre and Farm Shop

Warrenhill Farm, Thankerton, Near Biggar, ML12 6PF:

Carmichael Visitor Centre is on the A73 between Lanark/Biggar.

Tel: 01899308169/336

email: enquiries@carmichael.co.uk

website: www.carmichael.co.uk

The Carmichael Day – Wednesday August 23rd 2017 – Clan Carmichael Gathering 2017

For those who are unable to join the full Clan Gathering but would like to join us for the Carmichael Day on August 23rd  we have created two special options:

The Carmichael Day is a full day of activities, food, music, laughter and dancing on the Clan lands at Carmichael Estate. The schedule for the day is currently as below but is still subject to change:

Morning : Clan Carmichael march from Eagle Gates to Kirk Hill to Carmichael House

Late morning : Mini Highland Games

Midday ish : Carmichael Meats BBQ in the Gathering Field Carmichael Estate

Afternoon :  Scottish Heritage Demonstrations

Evening : Clan Ceilidh and Buffet Dinner

Option 1 – Carmichael Day Ticket – £100 per person 

This option gives access to the full program of events on Wednesday 23rd August at Carmichael Estate as outlined above. The option includes the Clan BBQ, all activities on the day and attendance of the Clan Ceilidh and Dinner (own tartan attire required). The ticket price does not include any travel arrangements, accommodation or beverages.

Option 2 – Carmichael Day BBQ Ticket – £30 per person

This option gives access to the Carmichael Day BBQ and the Scottish Heritage Demonstrations on the 23rd August at Carmichael Estate. The ticket price does not include any travel arrangements, accommodation, beverages or attendance at the Clan Ceilidh.

Those that would like to join us for the Splash of Tartan event at Edinburgh Castle on the 24th August we are able to purchase specially allocated  Edinburgh Tattoo tickets on your behalf while they are available until the end of February 2017. Tickets can be purchased by following the link. Own transport, accommodation and meal arrangements are required.

If you would like to be included in the full gathering arrangements please look at the Clan Gathering 2017