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Edinburgh Castle three new languages

7 October 2008

Souvenir guides translated into Russian, Chinese and Gaelic

Gaelic speakers and visitors from Russia and China can now read all about Edinburgh Castle in their own languages.

The new translations of the castle’s official souvenir guide are going on sale in response to changes in the tourism market.

China and Russia are among the developing markets where economic expansion means that increasing numbers of people are taking holidays in overseas destinations like Scotland.

The Gaelic version recognises the importance of the language as part of Scotland’s contemporary culture and ancient heritage.

Natasha Troitino, Historic Scotland retail central sales co-ordinator, said: “We hope the new translations will be popular with visitors.

“The tourism market is constantly changing and we are always trying to adapt to ensure our visitors enjoy the warmest possible welcome.

“We are seeing a growing number of visitors from China and Russia and felt the time was right to provide castle guides to cater for them.

“At the same time we wanted to cater for Gaelic speakers as they are such an important part of the community in Scotland.”

The souvenir guides are now available in a total of nine languages – the others being English, German, French, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

Notes for Editors

  • The three-tier pricing structure for Edinburgh Castle admission prices, introduced for 2008-09, provides cheaper off-season rates.  Prices are as follows:
    • Peak season (June – September) : adult £12.00, concession £9.50, child £6.00
    • Standard season (October and March – May) : adult £11.00, concession £9.00, child £5.50.
    • Off-Peak season (November- February): adult £10.00, concession £7.00, child £5.00.

  • The castle sells around 60,000 souvenir guides a year of which some 10,000 are in foreign languages.

  • Edinburgh Castle’s website is at The online ticket purchasing facility is featured in the website’s ‘Plan Your Visit’ section.

  • Edinburgh Castle is one of 345 heritage properties and sites from the Highlands and Islands to the Borders, in the care of Historic Scotland.  Ranging from prehistoric dwellings to medieval castles, and from cathedrals to industrial buildings, these include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country. In addition to Edinburgh Castle, some of the most popular are Stirling and Urquhart Castles, Skara Brae, and the Border Abbeys.  (For further details visit: Historic Scotland’s Mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

  • Edinburgh Castle, built on the 340 million-year-old remains of an extinct volcano, dominates the Scottish capital city’s skyline just as it has dominated Scotland’s history.  The ‘stronghold of Eidyn’ was first recorded before 600AD and by the Middle Ages, it had become a mighty fortification and the favoured royal residence of Scotland’s kings and queens.  Many defining moments of Scottish history have taken place there. In 1140, the castle became the first recorded meeting place of the assembly we now know as the Scottish Parliament.  In 1566, it was the birthplace of the only child of Mary Queen of Scots; a son who grew up to unite the crowns of Scotland and England. And in 1689, it endured its last full siege when the garrison became the last defenders of the Stewart king James VII and II.

  • The castle’s top attractions are:
    • The Honours of Scotland – the nation’s crown jewels.
    • The Stone of Destiny – the coronation stone of the ancient kings of Scots.
    • The Great Hall, Laich Hall, King’s Dining Room and St Margaret’s Chapel some of the remarkable medieval rooms and buildings where kings, queens and great nobles wined, dined and worshipped.
    • The Prisons of War Experience – thousands of military prisoners were held in the castle over the centuries. There is now a major recreation of what it was like at the end of the 18th century.
    • National War Memorial - an impressive building commemorating those who have died in conflict from World War I onwards. There are also three military museums at the castle.
    • Mons Meg – a huge medieval siege gun that fired stones weighing 150kg (330lbs) for 3.2km (two miles).
    • The One O’clock Gun – fired daily, except the Sabbath and certain holidays, as a time signal.
    • The Dog Cemetery – the last resting place of regimental mascots and the faithful friends of many officers.

For further information

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