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Celebrate Christmas with a festive feast at Scotland's finest castles.

27 September 2010


This festive season, choose one of Scotland’s most splendid historic venues for a truly special and unforgettable celebration lunch with family or friends.  The stunning strongholds of Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle both offer tempting Christmas dining experiences for lovers of superb food and great surroundings.

From 1st to 24th December, Edinburgh Castle’s elegant Queen Anne Building has a wonderful three-course Christmas Lunch for only £35 per person.  And with free entry to the castle included, you can make the most of your visit by exploring all of the historic highlights of Scotland’s leading heritage attraction at no extra cost.

The menu comprises a selection of culinary delights to suit all tastes.  Starters include a trio of smoked, cured and fresh Loch Duart salmon, and cream of courgette and rocket soup with foccacia croutons; mains include roast turkey with all the trimmings, and mushroom and leek strudel, and desserts include pistachio meringue with mango and passion fruit, and Tobermory truckle with Selkirk bannock and plum chutney.  Coffee and mince pies finish off the great menu.

There’s also a chance to experience two exclusive Wine and Dine Lunches at Edinburgh Castle on the 12th and 19th December.  In the imposing Queen Anne Room, these events offer the finest Scottish cuisine in a carefully-designed four-course menu featuring the very best locally-sourced ingredients, with specially selected wines to complement each dish.  The cost is £52 per person and again, free entry to the castle is included in the price.

Dishes include poached Loch Duart salmon with brandade, show roasted cherry tomatoes, spinach, confit leeks and horseradish cream, roast goose breast with balsamic braised figs, potato fondant, crushed sprouts, roasted carrots and cranberry jus, and rhubarb and custard tart with tablet ice cream.  A superb vegetarian menu is also available on request.

The selection of fine wines includes a 2009 Chateau Bonnet Reserve entre-deux-mers Bordeaux and a 2007 Dinastia Vivanco Rioja Crianza.  To enhance diners’ enjoyment of these special Wine and Dine lunches, the chef will describe the content and production of each course, and the sommelier will talk about the wines accompanying each dish.

To book Christmas Lunch (from 1pm) or a special Wine and Dine Lunch (from 12.30pm) at Edinburgh Castle, call 0131 220 4833 or email

At Stirling Castle, Christmas Lunch is available in the lovely surroundings of the Unicorn Café from the 11th to 23rd December.  Again, this offers a superb festive treat as well as excellent value, with a tempting three-course meal followed by coffee and mince pies, all for £29 per person.  

The price also includes free entry to Stirling Castle to enable diners to turn their lunch visit into a great day out by exploring the attraction and doing some Christmas shopping in the castle’s gift shops.

The delicious menu features starters including Isle of Uist smoked salmon cake with herb salad, and green bean and goats cheese with a red pepper and shallot dressing. Main courses – in addition to roast turkey with all the trimmings – include slow braised Scotch beef in a claret and Arran grain mustard gravy, and sweet potato and roast red onion.  The selection of desserts includes Christmas pudding, and Drambuie panacotta with caramelised organge and vanilla compote.

To book Christmas lunch at Stirling Castle, call 01786 449208 or email

Historic Scotland Catering Contracts Manager Elizabeth Strain said: “Our festive lunches at both Edinburgh and Stirling Castles are ideal for anyone looking for a special venue to treat family, friends or colleagues.  They combine outstanding dining with the fantastic surroundings of one of Scotland’s best-loved castles for a really enjoyable and memorable experience.”


  • Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle are two of Scotland’s leading heritage attractions. Both offer a great day out, with a wealth of historic and architectural highlights to explore.  For further details and to plan a visit, see and

  • They are amongst 345 outstanding historic properties and sites throughout the country in the care of Historic Scotland. These include some of Scotland’s leading tourism attractions and most important heritage sites, including (in addition to Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle) Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For details visit:

  • Historic Scotland’s Mission is: to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

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Ellen Drummond Ferroni
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