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Channel your inner artist at historic sites this October

26 September 2013

Visitors to some of Scotland’s most famous historic sites will be able to channel their inner artist next month.

A number of Historic Scotland sites are taking part in ‘The Big Draw’, the world’s biggest drawing festival.

The participating sites are Edinburgh Castle, Duff House, Bothwell Castle, Urquhart Castle, Iona Abbey, Castle Campbell, Aberdour Castle, Stirling Castle*, and Stanley Mills. **  

During October, visitors will be equipped with Big Draw packs which will allow them to capture the site through art.

The theme across the estate is inspired by the Year of Natural Scotland and will include the opportunity to draw the view from one of the windows on site, reinforcing the link between the historical and the natural world.

Kirsten Wood, Education Officer for Historic Scotland said;

“The Big Draw is a fantastic opportunity for those who have an interest in drawing –

be they a budding artist or have never drawn before, to get involved.

“This year we have decided to focus on the natural world and are asking visitors to capture the view from one of the windows on each site, although we’re obviously more than happy for them to get inspired and capture different aspects of the site too.

“It’s amazing how one person can interpret the same view or building in a different way and we’re really looking forward to seeing the results.

“With the school holidays coming up it’s a great way to keep the kids entertained and to channel their imaginations.”

The Big Draw was founded in 2000 and is intended to help raise awareness of drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement. This year more than 200,000 people are expected to take part in fifteen countries.

For further information on the Big Draw and other participating Historic Scotland sites please visit

* 14th – 20th October
** Weekends only

Notes to editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • 2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland, inspiring our people and our visitors to celebrate Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty, landscapes and biodiversity as Scotland prepares to welcome the world in 2014 and beyond. Find out more about Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty at

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Iona Matheson
Media & PR Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858