Corncrake Ceilidh

14 June 2024, 12:00  — 23:00
Kilmuir, Highland, Scotland, IV51 9WS
Free to attend

Corncrake holding up the sky, Scott Rogers 2024

What does it mean to be a (good) visitor?

Come join us on June 14th in Kilmuir Village Hall for an exciting all day event in celebration of the Corncrake! More often heard than seen, this enigmatic bird is a very special part of the culture and ecology of the Hebrides. Bringing together music, storytelling, sculpture, birding, folklore, crofting and local history the Corncrake Ceilidh will finish with a midnight walk listening out for the bird’s well known crex crex’ call.

The event is hosted by ATLAS Arts and collaborators Scott Rogers and Yasmin Nurming-Por. The Corncrake Ceilidh is the first aspect of Traon: Summer Visitors, a three-part project exploring ecology, tourism and tradition in relation to the Corncrake.

The event will feature contributions from Professor Frank Rennie, RSPB Corncrake Project Officer Shelagh Parlane, Angus & Eilidh and friends, and more special invited guests.

All aspects of the event will be free of charge.

Event Schedule

12:30: Lunch including corncrake shortbread

13:00: Children’s bird walk and art workshop with Scott Rogers


18:00: Talk by Dr Frank Rennie: Corncrake: An Ecology of an Enigma.

19:00–20:00: Community dinner with corncrake inspired recipes, film Screening Corncrake folklore sharing: here and around the world.

20:00–22:00 Family Ceilidh: corncrake song, music, and storytelling (open sharing)
22:00–23:00: Sunset corncrake conservation walk with Shelagh Parlane


Kilmuir Hall is on ground level without steps, however does not have an accessible toilet.

We will have a hearing loop on request. The film screenings will not be captioned.

If we can make it easier for you to attend in any way please contact