Avast ye scurvy dogs: set sail for Braemar

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Calling all pirates and shipmates - join Jim ‘Lad’ Hawkins, for a rip-roaring adventure in the grounds of Braemar Castle next Sunday.

Word is out in the Cairngorm mountains that “thar be hidden treasure in Braemar!”

Now people of Deeside and Donside are invited to help Jim Lad find the buried treasure and the good ship Hispaniola and escape from the clutches of the villainous Long John Silver on Sunday, July 27.

Castle manager Laura McMeekin said: “Robert Louis Stevenson started to write Treasure Island during a wet summer holiday in Braemar in 1881, so it’s very appropriate to bring the story back to where it began.

“It’s a brilliant adventure story and everyone will be able to get involved in this outdoor production.”

Get ready for mutiny, castaways and murders – with the treacherous Long John Silver at the centre of it all.

Doreen Wood, of Braemar Castle, said: “Stevenson’s swarthy swashbuckling character was quite a bit different from his namesake.

‘‘The original John Silver was actually the meal miller in Braemar.

“Join The Walking Theatre Company in this exciting adaptation of a great classic story in this walking play of family fun.

“Well behaved adults and four-footed friends all welcome as well at 3pm on the Sunday.”

Participants are encouraged to dress up as a pirate, bring a picnic and from 2pm, enjoy face-painting, a pop-up tented sweetie shop and the chance to create your own treasure map with Handmade’n Braemar.

There is also a prize for the best pirate costume.

Tickets are £25 for a family ticket (two adults and up to three children), adults £10, concessions £7.

Call 013397 41219 to reserve.