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Historic Scotland at the hands of Bruce

19 May 2008

Historic Scotland announce details for a dramatic re-enactment event taking place at Dundonald Castle on Sunday 25 May. At the Hands of Bruce will see the castle taken over by Robert the Bruce and his men, taking visitors back to medieval times and a period of uncertainty and unrest in Scotland.

Re-enactment group Carrick 800 will bring Dundonald Castle and the times of Robert the Bruce to life, giving visitors a real insight into ‘the man’; his life and the life of his men, and delve into the gripping story of how he became king of Scotland in 1306 following the murder of his rival to the throne.

Throughout the afternoon there will be a thrilling show of arms, with weapon and combat demonstrations to wow the crowds. Visitors will also see swords, spears and axe in action in a display that will transport everyone back to the 14th century.

Nick Finnigan, Events and Filming Manager, said;

“The imposing Dundonald Castle is a fantastic setting for At the Hands of Bruce and we are looking forward to a jam-packed, fun-packed day. Visitors will be taken on a journey to medieval times where everyday people, like themselves, had the chance to join Robert the Bruce or die by his hands.

“As well as all the drama, displays and demonstrations there will be the chance for visitors to wander round the soldiers’ camp which will feature authentic medieval crafts; making sure there is something for people of all ages to enjoy.”

At the Hands of Bruce will take place at Dundonald Castle on Sunday 25 May from 12noon to 16.00. The event is included in the admission to the castle. For further information please visit

Notes for Editors

Dundonald Castle is in the village of Dundonald, on the A71. The postcode is KA2 9HD. Tel: 01563 851 489.

The castle is open from April to October from 10.00 to 17.00. Admission prices are: Adults £2.50, Children and Concessions £1.25 and under 5s free.

Each year Historic Scotland hosts a full programme of events at properties across Scotland, deigned to entertain and educate people of all ages. Full details of the programme of events can be found online at

For the best value, Historic Scotland membership offers free entry to all sites and free entry to day events. Membership can be purchased from as little as £6 a month for a family package.

On request Historic Scotland can provide advance photography and interviews with members of the living history groups and event facilitators.

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. A full list can be found online at

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

For further information

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