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A chance to hear the “Mither Tongue” at Stirling Castle

16 October 2012

Visitors to Stirling Castle this weekend can enjoy the delights of the Scots language in a special event showcasing the “mither tongue” with an extravaganza of storytelling, guided tours and food displays.

The richness of the Scots language and its modern relevance will also be reflected in a public challenge to create new Scots words.

Commented Historic Scotland’s Visitor Experience Manager at Stirling Castle, Eleanor Muir: “Scots is a vibrant, living language and we hope to capture some of its unique flavour with events for all the family.

“You don’t have to be fluent in Scots to get an understanding of what is being said, and we’ve tailored the programme accordingly. Normal tours of the Castle will be interspersed with tours celebrating the Scots used by the Court, nobles, clerics and men of law.”

The “Mither Tongue” includes family storytelling in the Great Hall, a “Scots table” display of food and utensils with names verbally interpreted, a visual description of clothing from the sixteenth century to the present day, and a Scots word challenge in the Chapel Royal - hosted by The Scots Language Dictionary Society in a “dictionary corner”.

The “Mither Tongue” event is included in the normal Stirling Castle admission price, and takes place this weekend, on Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st, during normal opening hours (9.30am to 5pm, last admission 45 minutes before closing).

Notes to 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. For further details visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places.


  • 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

                                                         Year of Creative Scotland 2012


For further information


David Gray
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8588 or 07854 366 805
david.gray@scotland.gsi.gov.uk