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Meet TV star Neil Oliver at Stirling Castle

27 November 2009


TV personality and historian Neil Oliver will be at Stirling Castle on Wednesday evening to chat about his book A History of Scotland.

The book follows his hit BBC series of the same name, and is just one of the great gift ideas at the castle’s Christmas Shopping Fayre.

Visitors to the special evening event, which takes place on 2nd December, from 6pm to 9pm in the castle’s majestic Great Hall, can also get some expert cookery tips.

There will be a special festive cookery display by John McWhirter, head chef, of castle caterers Nairn’s.  And Nairn’s general manager Richard Gray will be letting people in on his favourite mulled wine recipe.  The castle’s own truffles expert will also be revealing some of the secrets for successful cooking with chocolate.

Gillian MacDonald, castle manager, said: “This is the chance to do some Christmas shopping and pick up some great festive cookery tips in the very special atmosphere of Stirling Castle’s Great Hall.  We are really looking forward to welcoming visitors to the fayre and hope it will be fun for all who come along.”

There will be lots of great Christmas gifts to buy, from local retailers and craft businesses, plus a host of big name brands. There will be stalls selling a diverse selection quality merchandise to offer shoppers a great choice of goodies.  Even better is that the there will be carol singers to give the whole event a really special atmosphere.

Tickets are just £5 (free for under 16s who must be accompanied by an adult) with the admission charge including parking, as well as coffee or tea and mince pies.  For tickets, call 01786 431310 or email

Notes for editors

  • Stirling Castle is just one of 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 Stirling Castle) Edinburgh Castle, Urquhart Castle, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For details of all sites visit: and for information on Stirling Castle visit

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

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