The National Trust for Scotland have come up with an innovative way to celebrate the cinema release of Disney Pixar’s Brave. On August 3, NTS is calling on redheads to take part in Scotland’s first ever Ginger Snap: A Flashmob of Flame-haired Folk.
The “snap” will assemble in the courtyard at the historic Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire at noon, and loose an arrow as Merida, the flame-haired heroine of the film, does so skilfully.
Brave is a 3D computer-animated fantasy adventure film set in the Highlands of 10th century Scotland. The story tells of an archer called Merida, who defies an age-old custom, causing chaos in her kingdom.
After consulting a witch for help, her family becomes cursed and Merida is forced to undo the spell herself before it is too late.
To coincide with the movie’s release, there are a host of fun events taking place.
Join in a Brave Challenge
At Duncryne Equitation and Trekking Centre, Gartocharn, Loch Lomond’s Very Own Brave Challenge takes place throughout August and September. The Brave Challenge days are being run in conjunction with VisitScotland, and also Lomond Archers and Stratheleven Artizans.
Mari-Claire Doyle, of the Equitation and Trekking Centre, says: “The Brave movie is sure to inspire children and adults to join in our special challenge days. There is something for all ages, from five years upwards, including the chance to ride into the wilderness on horseback or have a go at archery.”
Museum of Brave gems
The National Museum of Scotland also has a collection of historic objects that inspired the Disney Pixar film on display. During 2006 and 2007, Disney Pixar photographed objects from the Museum as inspiration for the making of Brave and some of these items are now on display at the Edinburgh attraction, including the Lewis Chessmen, horse adornments and Pictish stones. The National Museum of Scotland is at Chambers Street.
Kids can become a Hydro Legend as Crieff Hydro in Perthshire celebrate the brave film. The three-hour activity experience includes horse riding round the estate, archery and outdoor bush craft training with lots of essential survival tips from navigation to identifying and sampling edible plants, as well as toasted marshmallows. The activity runs daily at 3pm throughout August.
Have a go at archery
A number of activity centres around the UK offer archery sessions for all ages. You could make like Merida and learn the fine art of this great pursuit in Scotland, where this fabulous film is set.
See Mugdock Country Park, near Glasgow
Quadmania, by Dunoon
Craggan Outdoors, Grantown-on-Spey
Torridon Activities, Achnasheen, Wester Ross