Discover stories of the people, places and power that shaped over 5,000 years of Scottish history. Iconic attractions such as Edinburgh and Stirling Castle, Fort George and St Andrews Cathedral are just some of the famous sites in our care.
One of Scotland’s greatest castles – Stirling is now more spectacular than ever following last year’s reopening of its magnificently refurbished Renaissance Royal Palace. Just the place for an unbeatable day out.
No trip to Scotland’s capital is complete without a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Part of The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site and standing majestically on top of a 340 million year-old extinct volcano, the castle is a powerful national symbol. It’s fascinating to explore, unmissable.
St Andrews Cathedral
The remains of what was Scotland’s largest and most magnificent church still show how impressive St Andrews Cathedral must have been in its prime. Its museum houses a collection of early and later medieval sculpture as well as other relics found on the site. Spectacular views from St Rule’s tower.
Following the 1746 defeat at Culloden of Bonnie Prince Charlie, George II created the ultimate defence against further Jacobite unrest. The result, Fort George, is the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain, if not Europe. Its garrison buildings, artillery defences bristling with cannon, and a superb collection of arms – including bayoneted muskets, pikes, swords and ammunition pouches – provide a fascinating insight into 18th-century military life.
Each of our sites offers a glimpse of the past. Some are places of majesty, others date back thousands of years, but all have a special place in Scottish history.
We have events all over Scotland where you can see knights jousting, hear the crack of muskets and learn about family lifestyles of the past.
Enjoy an exciting programme of hundreds of events, some small and intimate others on a grand scale, taking place across the country at castles, palaces and other fantastic attractions.
• Spectacular Jousting at Linlithgow Palace
Sat 30 June, Sun 1, Sat 7, Sun 8 July
• Celebration of the Centuries at Fort George
Sat 11 & Sun 12 August.
2012 is the Year of Creative Scotland. Get involved by experiencing these fantastic events and be inspired by
Scotland’s magnificent historic landscape.
Enjoy access to all Historic Scotland attractions with our great value Explorer Pass.
From only £28, the Explorer Pass gives you access to all our attractions – a great value way to discover Scotland’s history.
For full details visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/explorer
Castles, gardens, houses, museums to visit in Scotland