The Friends run a number of events and gatherings, including lectures, trips and the annual cocktail party. See the main events listing for more details.
Guided Tour for Friends
As a new Friend we invite you to join one of the Museum’s daily guided tours.
Taking a tour enhances your experience of The Black Watch Museum showcasing the unique and varied collection, whilst highlighting the personal stories of those that served with The Black Watch.
We ask that our new Friends reserve their place by contacting 01738 638152 (option one) and quote your membership number. For details of tour times, please see our Daily Guided Tour page.
You are welcome to bring a guest along, however we do ask that your guest pays for the guided tour ticket. For ticket prices, please see our Daily Guided Tour page.
The Friends of the Castle and Museum sometimes organise trips for members to visit other places of interest around Scotland.
The most recent Friends Trip was to the Sheriffmuir Battlefield on the 300th anniversary of the battle. Information on upcoming Friends Trips will be emailed to all members. The next trip will be to St Johns Kirk in Perth on 11 February 2016.
16 Friends of The Black Watch braved the weather on Friday 13th November for a walk across the Battlefield of Sheriffmuir, fought 300 years before. We gathered at Kippenrait, above Dunblane, where Richard Stirling-Aird kindly allowed the group to shelter in his garage and see some of the Kippendavie Estate maps and the picture of the Battle of Sheriffmuir. While we were in the garage it rained, snowed and then the sun shone!
The Friends started the walk at Dykedale, with fine views over Dunblane, and walked up the old drove road towards Sheriffmuir Inn. There was a stop on the crestline to see the ground where the Jacobite right wing routed the Duke of Argyll's left. Then a walk through woods to the Gathering Stone - blown up in 1849 and now in an iron cage - which was in the centre of the Battle. The ground on the higher ground was wet, as it was on the day of the Battle. There was a view of where Argyll's right wing had driven the Jacobite left wing down to Whitestone, across the old road, now the A9, to Allan Water. The Friends then walked back to the Macrae Memorial on the road. 58 Macraes were killed in the Battle and the Memorial was unveiled 100 years ago. A brisk walk along the road brought the sun out for a time!
The Friends enjoyed an excellent Sheriffmuir Anniversay Lunch at the Sheriffmuir Inn. There were some hundred Macraes and others at the Inn, including Mrs Marigold Macrae, mother of the present Macrae Chieftain. The Macraes went down to the Memorial in the afternoon - and got very wet!