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23 September 2022

Castle of Light returns to the capital this winter with all new illuminated trail

The colourful kaleidoscope theme for the 2022 event teased as special early bird tickets go on sale

Colourful drawing of Edinburgh Castle with laser lights coming out the top

Edinburgh Castle will transform into a ‘Kingdom of Colours’ this winter as the capital’s most iconic landmark is illuminated with state-of-the-art projections to highlight stories from Scotland’s history.

Guests can expect a truly immersive experience as Edinburgh Castle is brought to life once again through spectacular light and sound displays to brighten up the darker months.

Joining forces for a third year, Double Take Projections, NL Productions, Andy McGregor and War Productions Ltd, in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland, are back with an “all new for 2022” trail, creating another unmissable event in Edinburgh. Back by popular demand is the beloved Rex the lion rampant who will guide guests through colourful thematic zones during the 60-minute walking tour.

Early bird tickets are available until midnight on Friday 7 October for the world-class light trail running for six weeks over the festive period, Friday 18 November to Friday 30 December 2022 (select dates). A magical experience for people of all ages, the event will also have a fantastic selection of food and drink available for visitors as they make their way through the castle grounds.

Ticketed entry slots will run every 15 minutes between 4.30pm and 7.30pm each evening, with last entry between 7.30pm and 7.45pm. The event closes at 9pm. Adult early bird tickets cost £18 (using the promo code: COLSM22), with concession rates, family tickets and discounts for Historic Scotland members also available.

For more information and to get your tickets, visit www.castleoflight.scot.

About Castle of Light

Dates: Castle of Light will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starting on Friday 18 November until Friday 30 December, excluding certain dates (24, 25 and 26 December). The event also runs Monday 19 to Thursday 22 December, Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 December, and an access night takes place on Thursday 8 December.

Time: Timed entry from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, last entry between 7.30pm and 7.45pm Event closes at 9pm. It is suggested that you allow around 60 minutes to fully experience the show but you can take as much or as little time as you like.


Early bird tickets - Customers can use promo code COLSM22 at checkout to receive the early bird discount. Early bird tickets must be booked before midnight on Friday 7 October.

Standard tickets - Adult (16-64yrs) £20; Concession (65yrs+) £16; Child (5-15yrs) £12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Family tickets and HS Member discounts are also available.

Tickets are available at castleoflight.scot

About Castle of Light’s Consortium Partners

War Productions Limited
War Productions Limited has been trading since 1989 and has a strong focus towards the artistic use of digital video.

Beginning as a lighting company, WarPro’s creative bent shifted towards the use of live projection in the very early days of the technology as production company for Orbital, Aphex Twin, Shamen and more. WarPro has specialised more and more in the creative use of projection for an ever growing commercial and artistic client base.

Double Take Projections
Double Take Projections Ltd is an innovative Scottish design consultancy specialising in creating immersive visual experiences using a technique called Projection Mapping. It is a bespoke company, creating unique one-off spectacles, and is able to radically alter the character of an environment or object by projecting from different angles onto a variety of surfaces.

Double Take has years of experience of producing and designing some of Scotland’s biggest Light shows. Double Take is a one stop shop for projection activity, designing content, designing social content and marketing material.

NL Productions
NL Productions is a creative event production company based in Leith with more than forty years’ experience in the industry.

Over the years, NLP has built up a large number of professional relationships across a wide variety of industries based on trust, reliability and a high standard of communication and project management.

Andy McGregor
Andy McGregor has over 25 years’ experience as a multimedia artist, designer and creative director. With a background in music, contemporary art and multimedia design, Andy has consistently worked at the boundaries of design, art, technology and performance.

He has produced work for high profile organisations such as The National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Life, Venice Theatre Biennale, Edinburgh International Science Festival, Harper Collins Publishing UK, Abbotsford Trust, The Queen’s Gallery at Holyrood House and Drambuie Distillers.

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES) 

  • We are the lead public body charged with caring for, protecting and promoting the historic environment. We will lead on delivering Scotland’s first strategy for the historic environment, Our Place in Time.
  • Historic Scotland, Scran, Canmore, The National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP), The Engine Shed, Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle are sub-brands of HES.
  • Historic Environment Scotland is a registered Scottish Charity. Scottish Charity No. SC045925 
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