Skibo Castle Enhances Experience For Wee Guests


Dornoch, SCOTLAND (July 18, 2006) – The Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle, one of the world’s most exclusive private members’ clubs situated on 7,500 acres of stunning Scottish countryside and the former home of Andrew Carnegie, now offers younger guests even more ways to make the most of their authentic Highland experience.

In conjunction with Skibo’s recent renovation of its Children’s Barn, a new badge program allows wee ones the chance to explore the estate’s picturesque grounds, and participate in a host of fun activities, all while earning rewards along the way. Skibo kids from five to fourteen can participate in a host of stimulating group and individual activities and can earn up to four badges in the fields of nature, creative, challenge and sport.

Activity Badge Program

Upon arrival, young Skibo members are presented with a colorful backpack, replete with flashing light trim and club logo. Inside is a Skibo Badge Book, which outlines the challenges and allows kids to track their progress. To earn a Skibo badge in any of the four zones, children must complete four out of five tasks presented to them. Tasks in Nature Zone include identifying various birdlife found at the castle and discovering what’s under some of the rocks in the estate’s stream.

The Creative Zone focuses on enjoyable pursuits such as learning how to decorate a cake, while the Sport Zone includes activities such as grooming a pony and developing tennis skills. The Challenge Zone gives kids a chance to try their hand at camping and orienteering.

The Children’s Barn

In addition to countless activities to occupy younger guests at Skibo Castle, there is also archery, cycling, falconry, horseback riding, fishing and golf. The new Children’s Barn presents even more pursuits and toys to entertain.

Among the many highlights of the castle’s recently renovated barn is a colorful wall mural of Skibo Castle and its wildlife, as designed by Ingbjorg Smith, a renowned local children’s artist who regularly exhibits in London and illustrates for BBC Scotland.

The Children’s Barn is divided into three distinct sections: one for the very young who should be accompanied by a parent or babysitter; another for three to 12-year-olds, with creative activities and more; the “chill out” zone – an ideal pleasure zone for hard-to-please teens, complete with arcade games, a music system and comfortable sofas.

There are other activities at the barn as well, including air hockey, bikes for kids of all ages, a children’s library, an art center for candle making, jewelry design and mask making, as well as the popular treasure trove of costumes for exciting dress-up time. Behind the barn is Skibo’s secure children’s garden with a sunken trampoline, swings, slides, and a fantasy castle.

In addition to this, there is also now a putting green, where budding golfers can brush up on their skills. Those interested in exploring the hidden corners of the estate can accompany our falconer and nature expert, Andrew Macleod, on exciting adventures to find otters, ospreys and deer.

Children’s Coordinator and Musician-in-Residence, Martin Treacher, who spent years at the prestigious international Gordonstoun school, renowned for its curriculum and royal students, oversees all aspects of the Skibo children’s program.

His philosophy is that children enjoy learning about different cultures, which is why his mini Highland Games are so popular. From hurling a haggis and tug o’ war to tossing the caber, kids find the games to be challenging, exciting and among the highlights of their stay. Martin also shares his love and knowledge of the bagpipes, allowing youngsters the chance to learn to play this ancient instrument.

Skibo Castle’s highly trained and attentive staff supervises children at the barn at all times. Babysitting services are available for children both during the day and in the evening.

The Kids’ Website

To preserve their incredible memories of their time at Skibo, kids can now stay in touch with the estate and the friends they have made long after their return home, via the estate’s website. It has a dedicated children’s area offering hours of interactive fun, including online games such as “Bounce the Haggis,” an interactive illustrated map, and an image gallery, where they can upload and share their Highland memories and photos.

For further information or to make reservations, please call the castle directly at 011-44-1862-894-600 or visit www.carnegieclub.co.uk on the web.

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