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Burns Tours at Stirling Castle this weekend

19 January 2012

                                     Burns at Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle will be marking Burns Day with special castle tours this weekend to explore Rabbie’s connections with its history in celebration of one of Scotland’s most beloved writers.  

The tours will be held on Saturday 21st January and Sunday 22nd January at 12:00 and 2:00 pm each day and are included in the price of admission. Places are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.

Gillian Macdonald, Executive Manager at Stirling Castle said:  “The Burns Tours are  a must for Burns’ fans and offer a unique insight into another aspect of Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s most iconic and political sites.

“Burns was greatly influenced by the personalities, events and issues at Stirling Castle - the infamous Stirling Lines were conceived following his visit to the castle in 1787 and decry the neglected state of the buildings and the loss of the Stewart Monarchy.  

“It makes you wonder what he would think now if he could see our magnificent Renaissance palace restored to its former glory, the awe-inspiring Great Hall with its triumphant oak hammer beam roof and our costumed characters who bring to life so vividly the great Stewart Dynasty that once ruled this noble land.

“These tours mark the end of our Winter Festivals Programme and we are now looking forward to a range of exciting events at Stirling Castle to be launched in the Spring to coincide with the Year of Creative Scotland 2012.”

Ross Blevins and Alan Clater, the guides who devised the tour, will be featuring many of Burns’ works including Scots Wha Hae, Ye Jacobites and Tam O’Shanter .  Some of the themes that will be explored will include Wallace and Bruce, the Jacobite Rebellion and darker elements of the castle’s past  including demonology and witchcraft which  feature in some of Burns’ best known works.

For information
  • Full list of Burns Works covered in tour
  • Parcel o Rogues, The Battle of Sherrifmuir, Ye Jacobites, Killiecrankie, Stirling Lines, Tam O’Shanter, Tree of Liberty, Scots Wha Hae, Charlie is ma darling.
  • The tour will also cover some of the work of Court poet William Dunbar

Notes for editors:

  • For all the latest on what is happening at Stirling Castle, visit our website at www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk and sign up for our free e-newsletter.

  • Historic Scotland has 345 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.

  • Historic Scotland around the web:
          www.twitter.com/welovehistory
          www.facebook.com/visithistoricscotland
          www.youtube.com/historicscotlandtv
          www.flickr.com/groups/makeyourownhistory

  • 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: www.visitscotland.com/creative

  • 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  www.visitscotland.org/yearofcreativescotland-toolkit

For further information


Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866
jennifer.johnstonwatt@scotland.gsi.gov.uk