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Miss Scotland is Queen of Shops at Edinburgh Castle

16 May 2012

                               Miss Scotland (Jennifer Reoch), formally opened the newly refurbished Portcullis shop at Edinburgh Castle

Miss Scotland, Jennifer Reoch, formally opened the newly-refurbished Portcullis shop at Edinburgh Castle today, Wednesday 16th May 2012.

This is part of an overall refurbishment of the shops at Edinburgh Castle which have been remodelled to reveal their historic fabric in a contemporary setting.

Nick Finnigan, Executive Manager of Edinburgh Castle said: “The refurbishment of the shops at Edinburgh Castle will not only enhance the visitor experience, but will improve Scotland’s heritage as every penny made will be re-invested into the historic environment.  

“The Portcullis shop has been stripped back in areas  to reveal the original walls and historic fabric of the buildings, making for an authentic shopping experience. We  have a great range of gifts to give people a taste of Scotland with exclusive jewellery collections from local designers to cashmere scarves, crystal and paperweights.

“Earlier this year we opened the Whisky and Fine Foods shop, which has proved very popular with visitors and showed a 72% increase in sales in the first month of opening.

“We are also delighted to have an exclusive £8,000.00 bottle of whisky, one of only eighty-five bottles which was produced especially for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee sixty years ago.”

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

Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866