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Historic Scotland sites join global landmarks in turning off lights for climate change

29 March 2012

A number of Historic Scotland attractions are joining thousands of landmarks across the globe including the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower and the Forth Bridge this weekend to help raise awareness of the issue of climate change.

Nine of Historic Scotland’s sites are taking part in Earth Hour – a World Wildlife Fund initiative which invites individuals, businesses and organisations to show their support for people and nature around the world affected by climate change by switching off their lights for an hour.

The participating sites are Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Urquhart Castle, Linlithgow Palace, Dumbarton Castle, Castle Campbell, Ruthven Barracks, Glasgow Cathedral and Arbroath Abbey

On Saturday, 31st March, they will be turning off their floodlights between 8.30pm and 9.30pm as part of the world wide event.

Launched in 2007 in Australia, the initiative has grown to be a global phenomenon with hundreds of millions of people around the world participating. In 2011, more than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide took part.

Susan Loch, Head of Visitor Operations for Historic Scotland said;

“Historic Scotland is committed to looking at ways to reduce our carbon emissions and we will shortly be launching our Carbon Action Plan.

“We are proud to support Earth Hour through switching off the lights at our properties on Saturday 31st March and being part of this global statement on climate change.”

Notes for editors:

  • 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.

  • The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at:

  • The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at

                                                        Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information

Iona Matheson
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858