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Stirling Castle to celebrate one of Scotland's most celebrated naturalists

16 April 2013

Stirling Castle will be celebrating one of Scotland’s most celebrated naturalists this weekend (20th and 21st April).

The castle will be running special tours over the weekend of John Muir Day, which celebrates the life and achievements of Scots born Muir whose work helped preserve some of America’s most stunning wildernesses.

Visitors to the castle will be able to join special tours (running at 12 noon and 2pm on the Saturday and Sunday) which will focus on the natural beauty of the castle and offer the opportunity to find out more about the role of the landscape in the development of the castle.

There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the old gardens of Stirling, including the castle’s very own Queen Anne Gardens, believed to date from the 1400’s, in a special talk held in the garden on both afternoons.

Eleanor Muir, Visitor Experience Manager at Stirling Castle said;

“The castle is a great example of the special relationship between the historical and the natural worlds.

“Visitors will be able to find out more about this relationship over the weekend, from how the ice age helped shape the defensive rock on which the castle lies right up until the present day.”

The event is taking place as part of the Year of Natural Scotland, a Scottish Government campaign which celebrates Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty.  

The tours will run at 12 noon and 2pm on 20th and 21st April whilst the talks in the Queen Anne Gardens will run between 12noon - 4pm on the same days and are included in the castle admission price.

Notes to Editors:

  • April 21st celebrates the 175th anniversary of the birth of Scottish naturalist and one of the earliest advocates of wilderness preservation in the USA, John Muir.

  • This year the first ever John Muir Day is being held on April 21st.

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.


  • 2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland, inspiring our people and our visitors to celebrate Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty, landscapes and biodiversity as Scotland prepares to welcome the world in 2014 and beyond. Find out more about Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty at www.visitscotland.com/natural


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For further information


Iona Matheson
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858
iona.matheson@scotland.gsi.gov.uk