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Burns Night 2015 events at Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle

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Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle will be holding special events to celebrate the legacy of Robert Burns on 24 and 25 January.

BURNS EVENTS AT EDINBURGH CASTLE

Edinburgh Castle’s Great Hall will welcome back the ‘Burns for Beginners’ event, which will see a Burns costumed performer recite some of the literary great’s works including 'Tam O’Shanter' and 'A Man’s a Man for A’ That'. Taking place at scheduled times on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th January, visitors will be introduced to the bard himself as well as his written word, whilst being encouraged to think about what he might have meant at the time he penned them.

Commenting on the upcoming event, Nick Finnigan, Executive Manager of Edinburgh Castle, said: 'During a weekend which will see tributes to Scotland’s favourite son take place across the country and further afield, our popular ‘Burns for Beginners’ activity will once again return to the castle’s Great Hall. Burns is renowned throughout the world for his poetry and this event will provide visitors with an insight into the bard himself and some of his most iconic works.'

‘Burns for Beginners’ events take place at 11.15am, 12.15pm, 2pm and 3pm on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 January, 2015. This event is included in the cost of admission to the castle.

BURNS EVENTS AT STIRLING CASTLE

Stirling Castle’s ‘A Celebration of Burns’ will see a series of special Burns themed tours. Following in the footsteps of Burns, when he visited the castle in 1787, visitors will be able to take in the surrounds of the impressive landmark whilst listening to some of his related works.

This year will also see the return of the ‘Burns for Bairns’ for a second year. These special tours are designed to offer younger visitors an 'exciting introduction' to the poet and will see a castle watchman guide them through the castle, just as he might have guided Burns some 228 years ago. Visitors keen to release their inner poet can also try their hand at penning their very own lines about their Burns visit to the castle at Poet’s Corner, in the Great Hall.

Stirling Castle’s Burns themed tours take place at 12noon and 2pm, with Burns Supper and Poet’s corner activities taking place from noon onwards and ‘Burns for Bairns’ tours taking place at 2.15pm. These timings apply for both Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 January 2015. These events and activities are included in the cost of admission to the castle.

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