The Ride For Duart is a 400-kilometre fundraising bicycle ride by 73-year-old Nova Scotian Ian MacLean, in honour of the restoration efforts at the Clan Maclean’s ancestral home, Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull, in Scotland.
Like so many people in the Maritime provinces of Canada, Ian keenly feels the ties to his family origins across the Atlantic — to his distant cousins and the family home.
Duart Castle was built in the 1300s, and is one of the few castles still held by the clan who built it. The 28th Chief of the Clan Maclean, Sir Lachlan Maclean of Duart and Morvern, resides at Duart Castle, welcoming visitors from all around the world. It is a popular destination for weddings, honeymoons, and Maclean family reunions.
After nearly 700 years of Scottish Highland weather, Duart Castle requires major restoration work in order to repair extensive water damage and ensure that the castle is watertight. Work began in 2014 and will extend at least into 2020, funds permitting.
Ian and his team hope you will follow along on our blog as we trace the shorelines our Scottish ancestors settled in Nova Scotia (New Scotland) while raising funds and awareness for the castle we all call home.