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Urquhart Castle activities over December

19 December 2012

This December, if you have eaten your fill of turkey and mince pies after Christmas and need to burn off some calories and get out of the house, how about coming to the spectacular setting of Urquhart Castle, nestled on the banks of Loch Ness?

On Thursday 27th December, come along and learn the story of the true Braveheart, Andrew de Moray, an often unsung figure in the Wars of Independence.

Also on 1st and 2nd January, 11:00 – 4:00 pm.

On Friday 28th December, meet a Jacobite Soldier and hear his tale of attacking the castle and why the castle now lies in ruins. 11:00 – 4:00

On Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th December, come to Knight School and join a Squire as he is being trained for knighthood.  See if you have what it takes to be a knight and learn the chivalric code.  Timings: 11.00 – 4.00

Macdonald, Lord of the Isles has come to attack the castle. A foot soldier will give an account of life in the castle and how they hope to defend it. 31st December 11:00 – 4:00 pm

Euan Fraser, Castle Manager said: “Urquhart Castle is situated in a stunning location overlooking the deep waters of Loch Ness.

“In the 14th century, it figured prominently in the Scots’ struggle for independence and came under the control of Robert the Bruce after he became King of Scots.  

“With over 1,000 years of fascinating history, the castle makes for a great day out for all of the family who can also relax in the cafe and visit the shop with its local crafts.”

The events are included in the price of admission

Admission: Adult £7.40, Child £4.50, Concessions £5.90.

Admission free to Historic Scotland members.

Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with ensuring that our historic environment provides a strong foundation for a successful future for Scotland. 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

Iona Matheson
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858