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Public Performances

Join us to relive Scotland’s colourful past!

living history at historic scotland
This summer, indulge in an entertaining line-up to bring history to life! Meet our medieval resident archer and learn about the fashions that were in vogue in 16th century Scotland.

All events listed below are included in admission costs - there are no extra charges to get involved.
Men at Arms
Various sites, 12 noon -4.00pm

Meet our resident archer or soldier every Sunday throughout July and August. Discover the weapons that would have been used when the castles were preparing for battle or defence. See if you have what it takes to make it as an archer, or get hands on with the armour and weapons of the time and take part in a pike drill..

Bothwell CastleSun 3 July and Sun 7 August
Craignethan Castle                               Sun 10 July and Sun 14 August
Carigmillar CastleSun 17 July and Sun 21 August
Blackness CastleSun 24 July and Sun 28 August
Tantallon CastleSun 4 September






Discover Renaissance Fashion
Various sites, 12pm - 4pm

Gain an insight into magnificent Renaissance style and discover innovative costumes, textiles and jewellery. Learn how international connections shaped fashions that were in vogue in 16th century Scotland.

Doune CastleSun 19 June
Huntly Castle                                       Sun 26 June
Linlithgow PalaceSun 10, 17, 24 & 31 July
St Andrews Castle Sun 7, 14, 21 & 28 August
Edinburgh CastleMon 5, Wed 7 & THur 8 September







Costumed performer with visitors


This summer relive and discover the people behind the stories at our extraordinary sites. See our full list of performances


Contact Us

Events Team
Historic Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Edinburgh
EH9 1SH

Tel +44 (0)131 668 8885