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Visitors to Stirling Castle to follow in the footsteps of the bard

20 August 2012

Visitors to Stirling Castle will be able to follow in the footsteps of Scotland’s national bard later this month.

The castle is offering special ‘Burns’ themed tours on 26th and 27th August to mark the anniversary of his visit to the castle.

Burns visited Stirling Castle during his grand tour of Scotland in 1787 and was greatly influenced by the personalities, events and issues that had taken place there. This is evident in his work including the famous ‘Stirling Lines’ which lamented the demise of the castle in the aftermath of the Stewart Kings and Queens.

The ruinous state of the castle at that time is said to have aroused Burns’ jacobitism, as he describes it through his poetry.

The castle today is a very different experience, now painstakingly restored to its former glory. Most recently, this  includes the restoration of the interior of the palace apartments to how they may have looked at the time of a young Mary, Queen of Scots, which has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors after re-opening to the public last June.

Gillian Macdonald, Executive Manager, Stirling Castle said;

“Stirling Castle, the events which took place here and personalities who lived here, played an integral role in Scotland’s history, which provided a source of inspiration to Burns.

“Visitors to the castle will be able to find out more about these links through the tours as well as enjoy recitals from some of his work and we hope they enjoy finding out more about this fascinating story.”

The tours are included as part of the general admission price to the castle. Places are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.

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4.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:

5.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

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