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Stirling Castle in Winter


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.

2014 is the Year of Homecoming Scotland

In 2014 Scotland welcomes the world to join in the exciting Year of Homecoming.  There's a year long programme of events and activities to showcase all that's great about Scotland. Visit a Historic Scotland property to get active in our great outdoors and explore our cultural and ancestral heritage.

Sample of upcoming events:

17th Century Shiltron
1 and 2 November, Edinburgh Castle 
Come and see how Scots of the seventeenth century fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself.

Ruth Nicol: Three Rivers Meet
7 November 2014 to 2 January 2015, Duff House
Ruth Nicol, inspired by Alexander Moffat's "Poet's Pub", investigates the landscapes of seven great Scottish poets.

Christmas 2014

Various locations
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.

Christmas Shopping Fayre 2 December, Stirling Castle (£5 charge for members)
Santa’s Grotto 6, 7, 13, 14 December, Duff House
Medieval Merriment 7 December, Stirling Castle
Carols at the Castle 14 December, Stirling Castle
(discount for members)
Tales of a Victorian Christmas 20 – 23 December, Edinburgh Castle
A Very Mary Christmas! 24, 27 – 31 December, Edinburgh Castle

Celebration of Burns

Sat 24 & Sun 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.