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Banks of Loch Ness to provide spectacular background for celebration of military skill

30 April 2013

The banks of Loch Ness will provide a spectacular background for a celebration of military skill this weekend.

Urquhart Castle will be hosting its ‘Grand Tournament of Foote’ event this bank holiday weekend (Sunday 5th, Monday 6th May) which will bring to life a medieval foote tournament, a series of military combats fought as a contest between noble knights to demonstrate agility and expertise.

The event attracts the crowds with its spectacular show of skill, where competitors take part in different rounds to be crowned champion.  The tournament will be in five parts commencing with the knights battle and culminating in the general melee to leave the last man standing!

Gillian Urquhart, Events Manager for Historic Scotland who operate Urquhart Castle  said:

“This event is a great opportunity to step back in time and get a flavour of how a medieval foote tournament would have been held.   

“Fully armoured foot soldiers will once again be at the castle, putting on a spectacular show of skill in a series of colourful and lively bouts, in a bid to be crowned overall champion.

“Visitors can also see a living history camp and discover how squires would prepare their knights for battle, or test their own skills with a bow and arrow.”

The event will run each day from 11am – 4.30pm. Tickets for the event can be bought online at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk  or on the day. Ticket prices: Adult: £7.90, Child: £4.80, Concession: £6.40.

A free park and ride shuttle service will be running each day from the car park at Glen Urquhart High School in Drumnadrochit, to the visitor centre at Urquhart Castle from 10 am until 5 pm.

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.


  • 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