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Youngsters to experience years gone by at Urquhart Castle

14 November 2011

Urquhart Castle is giving youngsters the chance to experience castle life in years gone by this winter.

Starting from this Saturday, 19th November, Historic Scotland is launching a winter children’s workshop series which will run one weekend a month from November-March.

The castle has witnessed some of the most colourful and turbulent times in Scotland’s history and the workshops are designed to bring this to life in a hands on and interactive way.

This ranges from becoming a Jacobite soldier for a day and finding out about the castle under attack, through to experiencing life and work at Urquhart Castle and dress and customs.

The first workshop is entitled ‘Knights School’ and will give the chance to learn about the life of a knight. Children will get the opportunity to hold an authentic knight’s helmet and make their very own.

Places on the workshops need to be booked in advance and are available through or by calling the castle on 01456 450 551. Entry to the castle and participation in the workshops is free for participating children accompanied by a paying adult. *

Euan Fraser, Castle Manager said;

“This is a great opportunity for families to find out more about the castle’s past.

“Its walls hold a multitude of secrets and these workshops are designed to transport young visitors into the past by experiencing what life would have been like in years gone by.

“We’ve aimed to offer something for everyone – from jacobites and charging knights through to the elaborate clothing of those who called the castle home and we look forward to welcoming young visitors to the site.”

The themes and weekends are:

  • Saturday 19th November – Knights School
  • Saturday 17th December- Jacobite for a day
  • Saturday 21st January – Castle Life
  • Saturday 18th February – Attackers and Defenders
  • Saturday 17th March- Castle Decoration  

The workshops will run from 10.30am to 12.30pm and are suitable for ages 8 to 12. Booking essential.

Notes to editors:

* 2 children free per each paying adult.

  • 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.

For further information

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