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Arrows fly at Threave Castle

8 June 2012

                                   Archer with bow and arrow

Come along to Threave Castle on Sunday 17th June 2012 and be transported back to medieval times, where arrows will fly again for the first time in centuries!

Meet 15th century bowman Rusty Bodkins, who will give a presentation and show how the medieval war bow was used.  You will also have the opportunity to try out your own skills with a modern day bow and arrow.

Situated on an island on the river Dee, Threave castle, a massive 14th century tower, was built by Archibald the Grim.  Its turbulent past saw it besieged by James II in 1455.

The meadow around the castle is full of wildflowers and is an excellent place to see some of the abundant birdlife, with otters and ospreys hunting in the surrounding river.

For information

The event takes place from 10:00 onwards.  Participants must be aged 7 and over.

The event is free with the price of admission:  Adult £4.50, Child £2.70, Concessions £3.60.

It is free to Historic Scotland members

The ferry is included in the admission price.  The last outward sailing is at 4:30 pm

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

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