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19 July 2017

A Bonnie Welcome Awaits at Edinburgh Airport

Visitors from around the world are being treated to a “bonnie” welcome at Edinburgh Airport with an interactive portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie, who speaks to tourists encouraging them to follow the Jacobite Trail

two smiling women look at a portrait of a prince in a gold frame
Visitors from across the UK and around the world are being treated to a “bonnie” welcome at Edinburgh Airport thanks to a new campaign promoting the Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites trail.
As part of the campaign, visitors are being given the opportunity to “meet” the bonnie Prince himself and hear all about the trail via an interactive installation in the airport until Wednesday 26 July. Using motion sensor technology, the installation – in the form of a portrait of the Prince - will give users a unique insight into the Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite trail.
Developed by Historic Environment Scotland, National Museum of Scotland, National Trust for Scotland and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the new trail features 26 of Scotland’s most famous Jacobite sites, best historic places and is backed by a major exhibition at NMS until 12 November 2017.
Some of the highlights on the trail include:
  • The Palace of Holyroodhouse, where Bonnie Prince Charlie set up court in 1745
  • The Glenfinnan Monument, where the Prince raised the Stuart standard on 19 August 1745 thus beginning the final Jacobite rising
  • Doune Castle, occupied by government troops during the 1689 and 1715 risings but taken by the Jacobites in 1745
  • The new Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, where over 300 fascinating objects are on display, including the very best of Scotland’s national collections alongside treasures from across the UK and Europe.
Commenting on the campaign and the new airport installation, Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism for HES, said:
“Bonnie Prince Charlie remains one of our nation’s most fascinating historical figures.
"His story is known around the globe, so it’s fitting that people from across the world coming through Edinburgh Airport are able to experience this fun and unique interactive display, and then hopefully go on to enjoy the compelling Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites trail and exhibition for themselves.”
Anna Light, Head of Engagement at Edinburgh Airport, added: “We are delighted to support this fantastic nationwide exhibition of a key period in Scottish history. As a welcome to people both arriving in Scotland and also those returning home from their holidays, this interactive display will raise awareness and encourage people to visit the National Museum and the rest of the Jacobite trail.”

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Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

2017 is the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology (HHA), a year that will celebrate Scotland’s people, our distinct culture and traditions, our historic landscapes, attractions and icons as well as our hidden gems and amazing stories. From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends, 2017 is the year to explore Scotland’s fascinating past. This is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland and a variety of partners.

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