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IT’S TIME FOR CASTLES!

Are your ready to re-visit Scotland’s history and get out and about once more? CastleFest dives into the depths of our castles to share often unheard tales, reveal new facts and let you enjoy everything that you’ve been missing. From the banks of Loch Ness to the bustling cities, and even the comfort of your own home, there is lots to get involved with!

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A costumed performer dressed as a cook and holding a large pie in the Great Kitchens at Stirling Castle

A Stirling Feast

Step into the busy world of Stirling Castle’s royal court with our mouth-watering online castle feast event. You can even cook along from home with our Maister cook!

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Susan Morrison standing outside Edinburgh Castle, smiling

Historic Fact, Fake News

Think you know everything about castles? Maybe not! Join us for a hilarious live panel show filmed at Edinburgh Castle and featuring the brilliant Ashley Storrie, Sanjeev Kohli and Susan Morrison.

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Member of the Edinburgh Castle team standing in front of the castle

Tour of Edinburgh Castle

Whether you’ve visited recently, or you’re planning your future trip, join us from the comfort of your own home and discover the fascinating stories from behind the castle walls.

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Theresa Breslin's book 'Mary Queen of Scots: Escape from the Castle' and Alastair Chisholm's book 'The Prince and the Witch and the Thief and the Bears'

Knight Night

Join authors Theresa Breslin and Alastair Chisholm for our magical storytelling sessions filmed in the beautiful grounds of Craigmillar Castle.

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General view of Kisimul Castle on Barra

What is a castle?

From medieval ruins to Victorian hunting lodges, with the help of three experts our interactive online event looks at what makes a castle and gives you the opportunity to ask questions

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Reenactor holding a shield and sword and wearing a helmet

Living History

Meet characters from throughout Scotland’s history with a trip to our castles. Chat to a Jacobite soldier, discover how to defend a Scottish stronghold and hear from a medieval archer.

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Costumed performer dressed as a cook in the Great Kitchens at Stirling Castle

Castle recipes

If you’re joining in with our online event A Stirling Feast, or you fancy whipping up a medieval dinner, we’ve got the recipes for you. Starter, main and pudding sorted for the whole family!

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A mobile phone being held in front of Blackness Castle

Appy Days

Download our free Historic Scotland app for exciting ways to enjoy and keep track of your castle visits. Get castle bagging and earn your ‘Castle Conqueror’ badge and many more!

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Visitors walking along the water at Blackness Castle

Film Star Castles

How many of our castles have you spotted on the big screen, or on your TV at home? They’ve been home to Outlander, Monty Python, Game of Thrones and many more. Ffind out more in our blog.

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SKETCH FAB CASTLES

If you can’t visit our castles quite yet, check out our 3D models on Sketchfab. These immersive online models include Edinburgh Castle and Caerlaverock Castle.  

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MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS: ESCAPE FROM THE CASTLE

As part of our Knight Night storytelling, author Theresa Breslin joins us for a reading of her thrilling book. You can buy it now with an exclusive event discount. Use the code CASTLEFEST for 10% off. 

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Capture the Castle illustration

Capture the Castle

Learn all about castles under siege, hear from two knights and have a go at making your own trebuchet with our Capture the Castle event- now available to watch on YouTube.

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LEARN, CREATE AND PLAY

Design your very own stronghold from cardboard or decorate a fortress just the way you like with our castle colouring sheet. We have lots of castle activities for all the family to enjoy! 

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SHOP CASTLES

To enjoy Scotland’s castles even more, our online shop is full of exciting products for all the family. There are beautifully illustrated story and activity books, as well as dress up from throughout the ages.

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