Our Story

The journey to the Rings

Our vision to build The Rings came out of a desire to help those who need a holiday; something, which we have come to realise, many of us take for granted. Moira’s own family experiences planted the seed of Accessible Tourism and she has become passionate about it.

The Journey to the Rings—You couldn’t make it up.

Our journey to build The Rings has been an amazing experience. If you’d like to read our story please ask for a copy of the book:

Our story book cover

If you’ve requested the book directly from us and wish to make a suggested donation of £10 (or whatever you can afford) to the charity please find details on our “Charity” page.

THE HENDERSON FAMILY AT RING FARM

The farm has been owned by the Henderson Family since 1988. Prior to that the farm was owned by Mr Macrae who did not live there but farmed the ground. The farm house needed major renovations when the family came to live there.

The farm consists of 90 acres of ground suitable for crops and livestock. We are conscious of conservation for wildlife and we have developed a flight pond as well as planting small areas of woodland. Mr Henderson worked at a local agricultural college and instead of bringing home flowers for his wife, one day he brought home some Bantam chicks. This led to a hobby which developed into a business for Mrs Henderson who became a local egg producer retailer for around 20 years and chairperson of Scottish Egg Producers Retailers Association (SEPRA). More recently the farm has been used for crop production. Mrs Henderson decided to retire as an egg producer retailer and the hens are now looked after by another local egg producer. So while the farm is still a working farm, it is now a much more peaceful location for holidays.

HISTORY OF RING FARM

It is reputed that people have settled here for many hundreds of years and that there once was an Iron Age fort on the site.

There are many theories as to how the farm came by its name. One is connected with the Iron Age fort idea. When looking from an aerial vantage the outline of the rings built on top of the mound which made the defensive walls of the fort can be seen, although years of cultivation have rendered them less visible over time. Another theory is that the ground was used for practicing archery before the battle of Bannockburn and that the name “The Rings” may have come from all the targets set up. (Struthers castle organised the local men of the area to practice and took them to the battle.)

History of Ceres: http://www.visitdunkeld.com/ceres-history.htm

Struthers Castle Ruin : http://bit.ly/1Xhah70

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