Dunollie Museum, Castle & Grounds is very proud to be the seat of Clan MacDougall, for 900 years Dunollie has belonged to MacDougall Clan Chiefs and today we still have very close links to Clan MacDougall members and friends across the world.
Through getting in touch with many of our friends, we know that there are many people worldwide who are keen to support Dunollie and be involved with the site as much as possible, even when they aren’t visiting.
The Worldwide Clan portal has been an active way for this to happen, but since the COVID-19 pandemic even more opportunities for digital engagement have been opened to us. This has led to a few of the Dunollie Team (myself, Florence – Communications Coordinator and Jamie – Heritage Engagement Officer) coming together to plan, develop and launch a new way for our supporters to engage with Dunollie – through the Worldwide Clan Supporters.
We wanted this opportunity to be open to everyone, so there are three tiers of membership – Umha, Airghead, Òr (Bronze, Silver and Gold in Gaelic – cleverly thought up by Florence). Each tier offers different benefits, which range from free seasonal entry to online talks, or special events taking place at Dunollie throughout the year. To find out more about our online event programme, please click here.
You don’t need to be a MacDougall to join – membership is open to everyone with an interest in supporting Dunollie and our work. We are also aiming to refresh the content of these activities regularly, so that there will always be something new for the Worldwide Clan to enjoy.
As well as providing more opportunities to be involved with Dunollie, the Worldwide Clan will also be a way to support our activities and development. As a registered charity, the money we raise goes back into caring for and developing Dunollie - the Grounds, the 1745 House Museum and the Castle Ruin, as well as helping us to provide Dunollie Links, our wide-ranging Community Engagement Programme. The Worldwide Clan Supporters will be able to help us continue this work through their subscription fees.
We are enormously grateful for the support and engagement we receive worldwide, and we hope that this new scheme will be something people will join and enjoy.