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Craigmillar Castle welcomes visitors of the feathered kind!

16 August 2012

Craigmillar Castle will be welcoming visitors of the feathered variety this weekend.  

This Sunday (19th August) between 11 am and 3 pm, visitors can meet a royal falconer who will explain all about this favourite sport of kings and queens in years gone by as well as allowing visitors to see birds of prey up close.

Subject to the weather, the falconer will also attempt some flying with the birds.

The hunting grounds at Craigmillar were very popular with royalty and nobles alike. King James V had a hunting lodge nearby and his daughter Mary, Queen of Scots often stayed here to hunt, hawk and ride.

The event is part of Historic Scotland’s public performances programme of which over 300 take place a year across Scotland.

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  • 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:

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                                                       Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information

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