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Santa causes a stir at Stirling Castle

17 November 2006

There may still be 36 (and a bit) days to go, but this week Christmas came early for the stewards at Stirling Castle when Santa popped in to entice people to book their Christmas lunch at this magnificent historic attraction.  Turkey tasters, pumpkin and sweet potato bites and Christmas pudding treats were all on offer, but Santa had a hard time getting past the staff to the visitors, such was their love of the delicious Christmas fayre!

Gary D’Arcy, Historic Scotland’s Senior Steward at Stirling Castle said: "It was hard concentrating on work with those delicious smells drifting up the Castle wynds but meeting Santa really brightened up our day.  It’s very exciting to be having our first ever Christmas lunches at the Castle and we’re positive that guests will enjoy this unique experience from the moment they walk over the drawbridge. After feasting like kings, they can work off those full stomachs with a nice walk around the Castle, soaking in the atmosphere of this fine fortress and royal residence."

Christmas Lunch at Stirling Castle is available for groups of two to 25 and will be served within the enchanting encasements in the Unicorn Cafe. Entry to the Castle is included within the cost of the three-course lunch which is £18.00 per person.  The lunches are available from 16 to 22 December 2006 (inclusive).  Booking is essential on 0131 220 4833.

Notes for editors
  • Stirling Castle is at the head of Stirling’s historic old town. Telephone 01786 450000. Tickets are £8.50 for adults, £6.50 concessions and £3.50 for children. If you book Christmas lunch in the Unicorn Restaurant, you gain free entry to the Castle.  Stirling Castle Christmas lunches are available from 16 to 22 December (inclusive).

  • Digby Trout Restaurants have branches in many prestigious heritage and leisure attractions throughout the country and are committed to providing food of a consistently high standard. For more information, please visit

  • Stirling Castle, with its splendid decorative stonework and mass of still complete buildings, is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Europe. It is also the royal residence that best represents the Stewart dynasty in Scotland.

  • The Castle sits above two of the most famous battlefields in Scottish history: Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn.

  • Tradition suggests that there was a settlement on the Castle site in the 7th and 8th centuries. Kenneth MacAlpin, shortly before becoming King of Alba, is said to have besieged the rock in 842. It was MacAlpin who placed the Stone of Destiny at Scone.

  • Legends associate Stirling with the story of King Arthur, and some have suggested that it could have been Camelot itself.

  • The first reference to the Castle alludes to King Alexander I’s endowment of a chapel within the castle between 1107 and 1115.

  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding 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.

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Kate Turnbull
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