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Lances at the ready for Jousting Spectacular

19 June 2008

Historic Scotland are getting ready for their dramatic re-enactment event of the year as a company of knights heads north for a mini-Highland tour taking in Urquhart Castle and Fort George. Spectacular Jousting – Highland Tour 2008 promises to wow the crowds over two weekends in July with an unforgettable display of horsemanship, skill and daring with sword and lance.

Following a record-breaking event at Linlithgow Palace in 2007, entertaining over 9,000 visitors, the knights hope to repeat this success at Urquhart Castle and Fort George. This is the only chance to see theses knights in Scotland this year, making it an event not to be missed.

Sandra Scott, Historic Scotland Events Officer, said;

“This is our most popular event and this year, with such fantastic locations, each weekend promises to be really incredible. It’s breathtaking to see the knights charge with lance and shield and to see who will be crowned the jousting champion at the end of each day.”

As well as the jousting, visitors will also have the chance to soak up the atmosphere of a medieval camp which will feature activities such as archery and combat demonstrations. Visitors can also learn all about medieval crime and punishment 13th-century style as Urquhart Castle is transported back to 1297 when it faced attack.

Spectacular Jousting – Highland Tour 2008 takes place on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July at Urquhart Castle and on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 at Fort George. This programme runs from 12 noon to 4pm each day. Tickets costs are adults £10, children £6 and concessions £8. Advance tickets can be bought online, saving 10% and helping beat the queues. Visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/events

Public car parking will not be available at Urquhart Castle over the weekend, except for disabled parking. A Park and Ride service will be in operation shuttling visitors from the Tourist Information Centre in Drumnadrochit directly to Urquhart Castle.

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

  • Urquhart Castle is on Loch Ness on the A82. Postcode IV63 6XJ. Tel: 01456 450 551.

  • Urquhart Castle is open all year; 21 March to 30 September 09.30 to 18.00, 1 to 31 October 09.30 to 17.00, 1 November to 31 March 09.30 to 16.30. Admission is adults £6.50, children £3.25 and concessions £5.00.

  • Urquhart Castle is an atmospheric ruin overlooking the dark waters of Loch Ness. One of Scotland’s mightiest strongholds, Urquhart’s location gave it a key role in the Scottish battle for independence. It came under the control of Robert the Bruce before a 150-year power struggle between the Stewart dynasty and the MacDonald Lords of the Isles.

  • Fort George is on the A96. Postcode IV2 7TD. Tel: 01667 460 232.

  • Fort George is open all year; 21 March to 30 September 09.30 to 17.30  and 1 October to 31 March 09.30 to 16.30. Admission is adults £6.70, children £3.35 and concessions £5.20.

  • Fort George is the only ancient monument in Scotland still functioning as intended, a working army barracks, yet still welcoming visitors. There is a superb collection of arms that provide a fascinating insight into 18th-century military life.

  • Each year Historic Scotland hosts a full programme of events at properties across Scotland, designed to entertain and educate people of all ages. Full details of the programme of events can be found online at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/events

  • For the best value, Historic Scotland membership offers free entry to all sites and free entry to day events. Membership can be purchased from as little as £6 a month for a family package.

  • On request Historic Scotland can provide advance photography and interviews with members of the living history groups and event facilitators.

  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys and Skara Brae. A full list can be found online at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places

  • Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further information


Laura Adamson
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763
laura.adamson@scotland.gsi.gov.uk