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Come hear stories of Rebellion, clan warfare and self-preservation.
Visit our new First World War exhibition at the HES Archive, commemorating the centenary of the 1918 Armistice.
John Sinclair House
Get dressed for battle and learn how to use the medieval longbow and crossbow from castle archer, Rusty Bodkins.
Come and see how the Scots fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself.
Find out why the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and 1745 failed as you meet a Highlander held prisoner the castle.
Meet a medieval archer and learn about their weapons, clothes and equipment.
Meet a Highland soldier from 1918 and learn about his experience at the front and his reflections on the Armistice
Meet a member of Dr. Elsie Inglis’ Scottish Women’s Hospital and hear tales of this all-female medical unit.
Meet Robert the Bruce at Dirleton Castle. He'll tell you tales of siege warfare and castle life. He might even spill the beans on the new Outlaw King film.
Dirleton Castle and Gardens
So often World War I is seen through the eyes of those who fought on the front. But what of the women who “fought” to save lives in the military and auxiliary hospitals around the country?
It's 1573 and once the castle is under siege! In the midst of the flying cannon balls and crumbling walls is 'barber surgeon' Hector Cadaver.
Explore Linlithgow Loch and Peel on this guided walk.