Historic Environment Scotland visitor attractions prepare to open for spring/summer 2018 visitor season


22 March 2018
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Historic attractions around Scotland, from Jarlshof in Shetland to Hermitage Castle in the Borders, are preparing to welcome visitors for the start of the 2018 summer season, as Historic Environment Scotland attractions open their doors on 26 March 2018.

Historic attractions around Scotland, from Jarlshof in Shetland to Hermitage Castle in the Borders, are preparing to welcome visitors for the start of the 2018 summer season, as Historic Environment Scotland attractions open their doors on 26 March 2018.

Historic Environment Scotland launches its 2018 visitor season on 26 March 2018, with an events programme of more than 30 family-friendly activities taking place throughout spring and summer.

HES, the public body that cares for more than 300 Historic Scotland attractions, is encouraging locals and tourists alike to explore Scotland’s past during the Year of Young People.

Battles, trails and stories

Susan Loch, Head of Visitor Operations and Community Engagement at HES, said: “Spring is an exciting time for us as we prepare to reopen our seasonal sites and once again expand our offering across the country.

“We have so much on offer for 2018, with a bigger selection of events and days out than ever before. Our calendar is packed with events which bring history to life, with plenty of battles, trails and stories from characters who have shaped our past.

"We're inviting everyone to come and explore our venues, from the much-loved castles and abbeys, to the lesser-known prehistoric forts and atmospheric ruins.

Highlights of the 2018 spring/summer programme include: 

  • Music through the Ages, Stirling Castle (21 & 22 April)
  • The Rock of Ages, Dumbarton Castle (9 & 10 June)
  • Spectacular Jousting, Linlithgow Palace and Caerlaverock Castle (various dates, June/July)
  • Kings and Clansmen, Fort George (11 & 12 August)

For further information on opening hours, access and locations, visit the HES website.

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