Discover the stories about the people, the places and the powers that have shaped over 5,000 years of Scottish history. Here are just some of the best! Details of places and prices can be found on here. https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/
Edinburgh Castle: A mighty fortress, the defender of the nation and a world-famous visitor attraction, the Castle has dominated Edinburgh's skyline for centuries. The mighty volcanic rock on which it stands has been occupied for thousands of years. Today the Castle is home to Scotland's crown jewels, the Stone of Destiny, three military museums, the National War Memorial, the Prisons of War exhibition and much more; make sure you have time to explore all of them.
Stirling Castle: Stirling Castle is one of Scotland's most celebrated and much-loved castles. For centuries, Scotland's monarchs held court here and revelled in its beauty and grandeur. The Castle's Royal Palace has been impressively returned to its Renaissance glory and, with its lavishly decorated rooms and costumed characters, the Palace is at the heart of the new experience.
.Urquhart Castle: on the shores of Loch Ness. Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart saw great conflict during its 500 years as a medieval fortress. Control of the castle passed back and forth between the Scots and English during the Wars of Independence. The power struggles continued, as the Lords of the Isles regularly raided both castle and glen up until the 1500s. The last of the government troops garrisoned here during the Jacobite Risings blew up the castle when they left. Urquhart’s iconic ruins remain, offering glimpses into medieval times and the lives of its noble residents.
Skara Brae and Skaill House: This world-famous archaeological site offers the chance to see superbly presered Neolithic houses with fine stone furniture. Visitors can admire the jewellery, tools and unexplained ritual objects which the villagers left behind and explore a modern replica to discover what the houses were like to live in. Skaill Hoouse, a fine mansion with gardens, sits adjacent to Skara Brae.
Doune Castle: Marvel at the splendour of Doune Castle, built as the home of Regent Albany, ‘Scotland’s uncrowned king’. His rich tastes can be seen clearly in the architecture of the medieval courtyard castle. Today, you can walk in the footsteps of rulers both real and fictional. Doune is a popular filming location and has featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Game of Thrones and Outlander. Actor/director Terry Jones narrates an audio tour that reveals Doune’s exciting history and tales from the Holy Grail film set.
Each of our sites offers a glimpse of the past. Some are places of majesty, some date back thousands of years, but all have a special place in Scottish history. Explore our website to see where you can go to learn more about Scotland. www.historicenvironment.scot
Great days out: Historic Scotland is known for the number of entertaining events which they stage at castles. From now until next Easter there are many from which you can choose. How about:
10/10/2017-11/10/2017 Duff House in Banff 10.30am-4.45pm Dragons, Swords, Portraits and Lace Join a group of leading object specialists for a day to explore some hidden aspects of the Dunimarle Collection at the magnificent Duff House. £15 - includes lunch
18/10/2017 Holyrood Park, Edinburgh 10am-2pm Holyrood Club: Autumn Adventure. Experience the colours, flavours and sounds at the turning of the season. Suitable for ages 10 to 14. Free
03/12/2017 Stirling Castle 13.30-3.30pm A Very Victorian Christmas Learn about the tales and traditions of Christmas and discover where Charles Dickens found inspiration for A Christmas Carol. Included in admission price
Explorer Passes: You can enjoy visits to our properties without worrying about your budget by buying one of our Explorer Passes which are excellent value for money and allow you to visit several properties.
Dumfries and Galloway Pass: www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/explorer-passes/dumfries-and-galloway-explorer-pass/
Scottish Borders Pass: /www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/explorer-passes/scottish-borders-explorer-pass/
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Castles, gardens, houses, museums to visit in Scotland