HISTORIC SCOTLAND: CASTLES, ABBEYS, PALACES AND FORTS
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, but click here for information on all Historic Scotland sites across the country.
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 was the scene of 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 the Castle and glen up to 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.
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.
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The Explorer Pass gives you access to all our attractions which makes it a great-value way to discover Scotland’s history. Click here for more information.
There is an exciting programme of events taking place at Historic Scotland sites all year, you can see some highlights for this summer below. Click here for full event listings.
EVENTS AT HISTORIC SCOTLAND PROPERTIES
Music Through The Ages, Stirling Castle, 21st and 22nd April
Join us on a musical journey through time as we see how music and dance has evolved over time. From traditional to contemporary, this event has it all!
The Rock of Ages, Dumbarton Castle, 9th and 10th June
Join us at the foot of the rock to relive some the rich history from the west coast of Scotland. New for 2018 - to mark the centenary of WWI visit our trenches and find out what life was like for brave soldiers on the frontline.
Spectacular Jousting, Linlithgow Palace, 30th June and 1st July
Hear the thunder of hooves and the clashing of lances as Linlithgow pre hosts our annual jousting tournament. Watch as noble knights battle it out to be crowned champion.
Spectacular Jousting, Caerlaverock Castle, 28th and 29th July
After the success of last year's event, Caerlaverock Castle is once again set to host this spectacular jousting tournament. Get ready to cheer on your favourite as the chivalric knights ready their noble steeds.
Kings and Clansmen, Fort George, 11th and 12th August
Meet the rival forces of the Jacobite Risings face-to-face and find out the real stories which inspired the television series "Outlander". Learn secret Jacobite symbols, handle a real sword and see the fearsome Highland charge!
Castles, gardens, houses, museums to visit in Scotland