Castlefest at historic sites across Scotland: 17 July to 1 August 2021


08 July 2021
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Stirling Castle
Explore 700 years of history both in-person and online at Historic Environment Scotland's summer Castlefest.

Comprising a series of themed, live performance events at castles across the country, as well as online, virtual elements, Castlefest runs until 1 August ,with visitors able to enjoy and interact with costumed historical characters from the past from Jacobite soldiers and knights to musketeers.  

Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism at HES said: “We’re encouraging everyone with an interest in Scotland’s rich history to take part in Castlefest and enjoy everything it has to offer.

"With great live performances as well as online events, we’re looking forward to an exciting summer of fun, as we run a range of events to provide visitors of all ages with the opportunity to immerse themselves in over 700 years of history.

“We’re delighted to have so many collaborators involved in the programme, in what is a really strong line up and would encourage people to visit our website for a chance to book for a historical experience of your choice.”

An interactive virtual behind the scenes tour will come direct from Edinburgh Castle, whilst the castle kitchens at Stirling will invite visitors to experience court life of the past.

Castlefest will take place physically at the following sites with interactive sessions running at other participating sites:

  • Aberdour Castle: Daily from 5 July to 11 August 

Daily from 17 July to 1 August at the following sites:

  • Blackness Castle 
  • Caerlaverock Castle (activities will not take place in castle whilst essential maintenance work is ongoing, but instead will be in the castle grounds)
  • Craigmillar Castle 
  • Huntly Castle
  • St Andrews Castle
  • Stirling Castle
  • Urquhart Castle

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