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23 April 2024

Living history camp to descend on Dunstaffnage Castle!

A group in costume on a battlefield raise their spears to the camera

Dunstaffnage Castle is set to host a brand-new Medieval Weekend event on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May 2024. Historic Environment Scotland (HES), who manage the site, are inviting visitors to come along and find out more about the tumultuous events between the powerful Bruce and Macdougall families that contributed to the creation of one of the most powerful clans in Scotland, the Campbells.

The event will offer the chance to take a step back in time at one of Scotland's oldest surviving strongholds. Visitors will also be able to explore the living history camp to experience costumed performances and find out what life was like in medieval times.

Dunstaffnage Castle served as the stronghold of the MacDougalls, built before 1240 on a huge rock above the Firth of Lorn. Captured by Robert the Bruce in 1308, the castle remained in royal hands until 1469.

Roderick Campbell, Monument Manager at Dunstaffnage Castle, said:

We’re delighted to be welcoming visitors to this brand-new event, giving people of all ages the chance to learn about and engage with the exciting history of this iconic site in a totally new way.

The Medieval Weekend event runs from 12pm – 4pm on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May 2024.

Entry to the event is included in admission to Dunstaffnage Castle and is free for Historic Scotland members. To view opening times and book tickets, visit the Historic Environment Scotland website.

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES) 

  • We are the lead body for Scotland’s historic environment, a charity dedicated to the advancement of heritage, culture, education and environmental protection. It is at the forefront of researching and understanding the historic environment and addressing the impacts of climate change on its future, investigating and recording architectural and archaeological sites and landscapes across Scotland and caring for more than 300 properties of national importance. We are also the lead on delivering Scotland's strategy for the historic environment, Our Past, Our Future.
  • Historic Scotland, Scran, Canmore, The National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP), The Engine Shed, Stirling Castle, and Edinburgh Castle are sub-brands of HES.
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For further information, please contact:

Laura Ely
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
07721 959 962