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Santa comes bearing gifts to Fort George

5 December 2008

It’s that time of year again when children around Scotland are anticipating Santa’s visit on Christmas Eve.

Bring your little elves to meet Santa and get into the festive spirit with a special treat at one of Historic Scotland’s top attractions, Fort George.

This December, Santa will be making a special appearance at Fort George near Inverness. With mince pies, presents and merriment on offer its sure to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.

Nicola Maclean, visitor services manager at Fort George, said:

“Christmas is coming and the staff at Fort George are very excited that Santa is making a special guest appearance at our site this year. Fort George is a fantastic attraction for all the family to visit, especially at this special time of the year. Historic Scotland staff love to get into the spirit of the festive period and this is sure to be a lovely event for your little elves.”

Santa will be at Fort George from 21 to 23 December. The event is open from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm to 3 pm. Tickets are £3.00 which can then be exchanged for a present from Santa. And any child who buys a present will be allowed free entry to the Fort.

This year, there are a number of superb Christmas events going on around Historic Scotland’s properties. From yuletide entertainment shows to shopping opportunities and mouth-watering Christmas lunch menus at Edinburgh and Stirling Castle.

Or if you are still looking for a really special gift for family or friends this Christmas - why not choose the present which lasts all year, gives unlimited access to a superb range of visitor attractions and helps preserve our country’s heritage – membership of Historic Scotland.

Membership can be bought for as little as £6.00 for families and £3.16 for individuals a month. This fantastic value for money is evident from the 11% rise in people signing up this year. In hard financial times, it is a brilliant solution for days out and weekend activities.


  • Fort George is six miles west of Nairn and 11 miles north east of Inverness off the A96. Telephone 01667 460232.

  • The fort was built by King George II as a defense against further Jacobite risings after the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746.

  • It was completed in 1769 and was the mightiest artillery fortress in Britain, if not Europe. The fort – still a functioning barracks – was never seen military action. Its greatest threat comes from erosion by waves and the weather.

  • There are lots of things happening at Historic Scotland at Christmas, including events, lunches, membership and shopping opportunities. To find out more log on to  

  • Christmas lunches at Edinburgh and Stirling Castles run from 1 to 24 December (excluding 14 and 21 December) for only £35 per person.

  • Superb yuletide entertainment runs on 2 December at Edinburgh Castle and 14 December at Stirling Castles. The entertainment at both Castles is taking place from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm. Edinburgh Castle’s ‘Christmas Carols in the Great Hall will be on 14 December at 1.00, 2.00 and 3.00 pm. These events are all free, included in the normal price of admission.

  • Gift memberships can be easily purchased online through the Historic Scotland website: and all major credit cards are accepted.  

  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding properties in its care, spanning over 5,000 years of history including some of the country’s leading visitor attractions: Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace and Skara Brae. And of course, St Andrews Castle and St Andrews Cathedral.

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

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.


For further information

Laura Varney
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763