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Pictures perfect at Stirling Castle

14 December 2012

Visitors to Stirling Castle will have the opportunity to see the winning photographs from a competition to find twelve new photos for the Historic Scotland 2014 calendar.

The photos are now on display in a special exhibition in the Nether Bailey Exhibition Room in the castle until the end of January 2013.

The photographers were required to take a photograph of one of Historic Scotland’s 345 attractions which range from castles to abbeys to palaces and priories.

The winning picture of Castle Campbell was taken by George Cairns of Linlithgow who was presented with  £500.00 of vouchers to spend on camera equipment at the opening of the exhibition by the castle’s manager, Gillian MacDonald.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said: “It is wonderful  that this competition attracted an amazing 2,750 entries, which is particularly appropriate in the Year of Creative Scotland.  

“We are very lucky to have so many inspiring historic sites in Scotland. These photographs highlight the beauty and drama of our spectacular country, which continues to attracts people from all around the world.“

For information:

The winning photos feature:

Edinburgh Castle
Auchindoun Castle
Carloway Broch, Isle of Lewis
Tantallon Castle
Urquhart Castle
Linlithgow Palace
Melrose Abbey
Threave Castle
Kilchurn Castle
Duffus Castle
St Andrews Cathedra

Notes for editors:
1.For all the latest on what is happening at Stirling Castle, visit our website at and sign up for our free e-newsletter.

2.Historic Scotland has 345 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. For further details visit:  

3.Historic Scotland around the web:,,

4.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:

5.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