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Cracking hero or bad egg?!

21 March 2007

Historic Scotland launches nationwide egg painting competition to create a Scottish Leggend. Children across Scotland are being invited to get their creative (egg) heads on over the next few weeks as part of a nationwide Easter competition organised by Historic Scotland.  The ‘Create a Scottish Leggend’ competition will be launched at Edinburgh Castle on Thursday 22 March 2007, giving children just four weeks to turn an egg into one of their favourite historical characters or places.

Whether it’s Robegg the Bruce, William Wallace (Braveyolk), Mary Queen of Shells, Bonny ‘hard-boiled’ Prince Charlie or Mons Egg, options are endless! Open to children aged 16 years or under, entrants must send a photo of their eggy creation to the Historic Scotland Scottish Leggends Gallery. The winner will receive a mound of Historic Scotland goodies including family membership and a VIP trip to Scotland’s top attraction.

Rebecca Hamilton, Marketing and Media Manager at Historic Scotland said: ‘We are thrilled to be launching our nationwide egg painting competition and look forward to seeing the entries rolling in. Our attractions represent a significant part of Scottish history and so many colourful characters and places – providing a child’s imagination with plenty of material!  We hope this competition is a lot of fun but will also inspire children to think about their fascinating historical past, the real legends involved and get outdoors this spring to explore it all.’

Entries should be sent to the Historic Scotland Scottish Leggends Gallery, Longmore House Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SH by 16 April 2007. All entries should enclose a photo of their egg (along with the title of what or whom it represents), their name, address and telephone number.

The egg painting competition is part of many activities happening at Historic Scotland attractions over the Easter holidays. From 31 March until 7 April 2007, Edinburgh Castle will embark on An Easter Adventure, where visitors can enjoy a daily programme of comedy characters, puppetry and magic. On Easter Sunday and Monday (8 and 9 April), Stirling Castle will be hosting its popular Easter Extravaganza, which will see the return of the evil Baron Hardegg and his incompetent assistant, Squire Softboiled in an historically inspired comedy show. Egg painting workshops will also be held at various Historic Scotland attractions across Scotland. Please visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/easter for further information.


Notes for editors
Historic Scotland Egg Painting competition is open to children aged 16yrs or under.  See www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/easter for full terms and conditions.

An Easter Adventure is at Edinburgh Castle every day from Saturday 31 March until Saturday 7 April, from 12noon to 4.00pm each day.  Normal admission rates apply.  Edinburgh Castle is open from 9.30am until 6.00pm.

Easter Extravaganza is at Stirling Castle on Sunday 8 and Monday 9 April from 12noon until 4.00pm each day.  Normal admission rates apply.  Stirling Castle is open from 9.30am until 6.00pm every day.

Egg Painting will be available from 1.00pm-3.00pm at Doune Castle (Easter Monday), Castle Campbell (Easter Sunday and Monday), Aberdour Castle (Easter Sunday and Monday), Melrose Abbey (Easter Sunday and Monday), Fort George (Easter Sunday and Monday), Craigmillar Castle (all Easter weekend), Dirleton Castle (all Easter weekend) and Jedburgh Abbey (all Easter weekend).

Enjoy days out at Historic Scotland attractions throughout the year by becoming a Member.  Visit 75 of Scotland’s top historic visitor attractions as often as possible for one annual subscription.  Family membership is available from less than £6 a month.

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.

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

For further information


Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959
kate.turnbull@scotland.gsi.gov.uk