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Free admission at Historic Scotland for St Andrew's Day

4 November 2008

Historic Scotland is celebrating St Andrew's Day by opening their attractions for free across the country on the last weekend of November.

Admission charges were waived at sites on 20 November in 2007. This year the heritage attraction organisation has gone one step further by opening up 47 attractions for free on 29 and 30 November.

Some of Scotland’s most stunning heritage sites are taking part. In the north, Orkney’s ancient Skara Brae and Maeshowe will be taking part along with the Britain’s mightiest artillery fortification, Fort George and the stunning Urquhart Castle. The fully furnished Blackhouse in the Western Isles will also be dropping admission charges.

Further south, the spectacular Edinburgh Castle and splendid Stirling Castle are also included along with historic Dunfermline Abbey and St Andrews Cathedral. Romantic Sweetheart Abbey and medieval stronghold, Caverlaverock Castle, are also included. These are just a few of the many Historic Scotland attractions with free entry this year over the St Andrew's Day weekend.

Rebecca Hamilton, marketing and media manager at Historic Scotland, said:

“We are delighted to offer free admission. Some of our country’s best historic attractions are included making it an excellent opportunity for everyone to make the most of their St Andrew's weekend. It is a chance to see Scotland’s treasures such as the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny at Edinburgh Castle. We can all feel immensely proud of our Scottish history – this is a chance to celebrate that. This is the first time Historic Scotland has opened up so many attractions for the full weekend to mark St Andrews Day.”

Notes to Editors

  • There are 47 sites taking part in the free weekend on Saturday 29 November and Sunday 30 November.

  • A photo opportunity will be taking place at Edinburgh Castle on Monday 24 November, more details to follow.

  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding properties in its care, spanning over 5,000 years of history including some of the country’s leading visitor attractions: Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace and Skara Brae. And of course, St Andrews Castle and St Andrews Cathedral.

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

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.

For further information

Laura Varney
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763