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2,000 years of history on display at Fort George

18 July 2014

Romans, Vikings and First World War soldiers will be among the costumed performers to descend upon Fort George next month as Historic Scotland’s award-winning event Celebration of the Centuries returns.

A Year of Homecoming 2014 event, Celebration of the Centuries will take place at the fort in Ardersier, Inverness-shire from 11am-5pm on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th August. It will span over 2,000 years of history, with over 250 historical re-enactors from across the UK appearing over the course of the weekend.

Centuries of history - from Pictish times through the Medieval and Renaissance periods and right up to the Second World War – will be depicted, while this year’s event will place particular emphasis on the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Opening with a spectacular parade of all the performers, visitors will also be able to explore living history camps, watch dramatic presentations and experience the music and dancing of the 1940s.

There will be a dramatic aerial display on both days, while visitors will also be able to find out more about the recruitment process during the war and the food the soldiers would have been served in a field kitchen.

Lorna Ewan, Head of Visitor Experience, Content and Learning at Historic Scotland said: “Celebration of the Centuries is one of our biggest and most spectacular events, and Fort George makes for an impressive backdrop for an event spanning 2,000 years of history.

“This year, we are placing particular emphasis on key anniversaries in 2014; the Battle of Bannockburn, the outbreak of WWI and D-Day.

“With a parade of costumed performers, informative presentations, living history camps and aerial displays, there will be something for everyone and it promises to be a great day out for the whole family.”

Tickets cost £12 for adults, £9.60 for concessions and £7.20 for children. They are available with a 10% discount online at or alternatively can be purchased on the day. Entry is free for Historic Scotland members.

Notes for 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.

  • Scotland welcomes the world in the Year of Homecoming 2014 providing a year-long programme of events alongside the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games. The Year of Homecoming Scotland will run until 31 December 2014 throughout the length and breadth of the country. Visitors from around the world are invited to join in a celebration of the nation’s food and drink, active pursuits, cultural heritage, nature and ancestral heritage. Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a Scottish Government initiative being led by EventScotland and VisitScotland, supported by numerous partners. To find out more visit For more on Historic Scotland’s Homecoming activities visit or tweet us using #hshomecoming.

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For further information

Alice Wyllie, Media & PR Officer
Historic Scotland Media Office
0131 668 8603 or 07920 768 096