Press Release

For immediate release – July 1, 2018

RenScots “Dream Team” Returns to Highlands to Train with Paul MacDonald, Demonstrate at Arasaig
Highland Games, Armadale Castle

For seven days in July, eight members of the Colorado nonprofit group the Renaissance Scots Living History Association will return to the Highlands of Scotland for a week of intense training in historic sword-fighting skill. There they will train with World-famous Maestro Paul MacDonald of the MacDonald Academy at an historical Jacobite training ground northwest of Fort William, Scotland.

The Renaissance Scots are an internationally recognized Living History group that has offered a glimpse into the lives of 17th and 18th Century Highlanders for 22 years. In addition to Scottish martial arts, artisans of the group demonstrate and teach many heritage crafts, including spinning, tartan weaving, blacksmithing, leatherwork, basketry and much more in their Living History Village at Celtic events in the Rocky Mountain West of the United States.

Dubbed the “Dream Team” by Paul in last year’s challenge, members of the group will make the journey to study the traditional weapons of the era: basket-hilt sword, back sword, dirk, quarter staff, lochaber axe, and more during a special engagement of Paul’s 2018 Highland Challenge.

Following the Challenge, the RenScots will demonstrate weapons and tactics of the Jacobite era and earlier at the Arasaig Highland Games on July 25, and Armadale Castle and the Museum of the Isles on Skye at a special Tartan and Targe event to take place on Saturday July 28.

Additional information about the Renaissance Scots can be found on

Information about the Arasaig Highland Games may be found at the Arisaig Highland Games website.

Information about the Tartan and Targe event may be found at the Armadale Castle website.

For information about Paul MacDonald and the Highland Challenge, visit the McDonald Arms and Armoury website.

For further information, contact Mark Riehm at