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A royal tale (or two) at Stirling

23 October 2006

Stories and ballads of the Stewart kings and queens are being told at Stirling Castle as part of the annual Scottish International Storytelling Festival.  Visitors will be able to hear tales from the times of Kings James IV, V, VI and Charles II on the weekend of 27, 28 and 29 October 2006.

Tales will include The Gaberlunyie Man, an 80-line Scots ballad about the adventurous King James V, who enjoyed disguising himself as a poor man and going out among his subjects.

Storyteller, Paraig MacNeill said: "The Stewarts were great lovers of the arts and poetry and Stirling was among their favourite residences.  It makes a perfect setting to tell tales about them and stories that they would have known themselves.

Mary, Queen of Scots is supposed to have been able to write poetry in six languages and King James V is said to have written the Gaberlunyie himself.  It’s a great piece of Scots which is warm, funny and slightly bawdy.  I hope that visitors will take the chance to come along and hear the stories which are a truly entertaining part of our past."

Paraig will be performing themed 20-minute sessions at 11.45am, 12.45pm, 2.45pm and 3.45pm each day.

Nicola Holland, Historic Scotland Interpretation Manager, said: "We are delighted to be celebrating the Scottish Storytelling Festival at Stirling Castle.  Paraig’s tales are great entertainment for all the family and will add to the fun of a day out at this intriguing castle."

The storytelling is included in the standard ticket price.

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 for concessions and £3.50 for children.
  • Paraig MacNeill’s website is at www.paraigmacneil.co.uk.
  • More details of the festival can be found at www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk.
  • 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.

For further information


Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959
kate.turnbull@scotland.gsi.gov.uk