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A year packed full of great days out

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Each year, Historic Scotland stages more than 400 legendary events
and days out that bring Scotland's history to life.

Membership and Daytime Events

Historic Scotland daytime events are free to members unless otherwise stated. This makes membership great value for money.

You can pick up a copy of the Events guide at any Historic Scotland attraction, download a pdf version Events Guide [pdf 0.4mb] or search our Events Programme for information.  You can also sign up to receive regular eNewsletters via email.

2015 is the Year of Food and Drink

Scotland's natural larder will be celebrated during a year of events fusing taste and history.  A Burns celebration will kick things off at Edinburgh and Stirling Castles, with special menus in their cafes, and Mary of Guise's 500th birthday will be celebrated at Stirling Castle in early summer.  Events throughout the country will include history lessons on diet and food production, chances to prepare your own dishes, and the opportunity to sample authentic Scottish delights.

Sample of upcoming events:

Christmas 2014

Throughout December visit our themed events from shopping fayres and Santa’s grotto to medieval royalty and castle carols. There will be lots to get you excited about this festive time of year - for an extra special experience enjoy a sumptuous three course Christmas lunch at our castles.

Celebration of Burns

24th & 25th January 2015, Edinburgh & Stirling Castles
Join us at our magnificent castles as we pay homage to Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns. Whether you’re new to Burns or a seasoned fan, we’re sure you’ll enjoy our activities for all ages.

Celebration of Burns
Stirling Castle
In 1787 Robert Burns visited Stirling Castle after which he returned to his hotel where he etched in to a glass window pane, the now infamous Stirling Lines. Join our tours as we explore his visit to the castle and how it inspired his work.

Burns for Beginners
Edinburgh Castle
Robert Burns is one of Scotland’s literary greats, but what exactly is he talking about? Come along for a light-hearted introduction to the bard and some of his works. Crowd participation highly encouraged.

February 2015

Crime and Punishment in medieval Scotland, Edinburgh Castle
Saturday 7th to Friday 13th
11.15am, 12.15pm, 2pm and 3pm

Meet Gilbert Savage, the executioner, equipped with the "tools" of his gruesome trade.  He recounts the nature of crime and punishment during the turbulent times in medieval Scotland.  This is not suitable for younger visitors or those of a nervous disposition.

Coolest walk on Earth, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh
Sunday 8th, 9am - 12pm - must book in advance (hs.rangers@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or 0131 652 8150)
Join our rangers and a geologist on a three hour guided walk to discover how the landscape of Holyrood Park has been shaped and sculpted by ice throughout the ages.