Great Family Days Out now Spring is here
27 March 2012
Now that Spring is here, Historic Scotland’s seasonal heritage sites are opening
their doors to welcome visitors.
The 25 seasonal properties across Scotland which will be opening to the public on
1st April range from Arnol Blackhouse in the Outer Hebrides to the stunning Edzell Castle and Garden
in Perthshire to the 13th century Inchmaholme Priory set on an island in the Lake of Menteith and only
accessible by boat.
Visitors looking for inspiration can visit a special web page www.dosomethinggreat.co.uk
and insert their postcode to find out about exciting properties in their area.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said: “Spring
is a wonderful time to enjoy all that Scotland has to offer, from castles to cathedrals, cairns to standing
“Scotland’s finest heritage attractions make for a great family day out with an
opportunity to explore Scotland’s history and heritage.
“This is the Year of Creative Scotland 2012 and I am looking forward to many exciting
events to celebrate our amazing history and heritage.”
If you need the bracing sea air to get rid of the winter cobwebs, Tantallon Castle
in East Lothian with its dramatic setting above the cliffs on the Firth of Forth is the perfect
location. It also offers a great view of the Bass Rock with its colony of gannets and fulmars which
nest on the cliffs below the castle.
.Lochleven Castle in Perthshire is associated with many colourful events and has
been visited by countless personalities during its history. Some of those taking the boat across
Loch Leven came of their own accord, including King Robert the Bruce in 1313 and 1323, but the most
famous visitor was Mary Queen of Scots, who was imprisoned there in 1567 for almost a year. Located
within a National Nature Reserve, the loch supports the largest population of breeding ducks in Britain.
Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement in Shetland provides a fascinating insight
into the way of life from the Bronze age through to the Middle Ages with oval-shaped Bronze Age houses,
Iron Age broch and wheelhouses and Viking long-houses as well as a rich collection of artefacts
And if you need to burn off calories before feasting on Easter Eggs, a climb up
Cairnpapple Hill, a former ceremonial site and also burial site boasts breathtaking views over
Central Scotland and even as far as Goat Fell on Arran
Stephen Duncan, Historic Scotland’s Director of Commercial and Tourism said:
“Now that the Easter holidays are almost upon us, it’s the perfect time to get children
away from their x boxes, make them use their imagination and have fun at one of our fantastic sites
as well as learn about Scotland’s fascinating history and heritage.
“Historic Scotland membership is a great way for families to enjoy great days for
less than £7:00 a month. Membership also enables free admission to all of Historic Scotland’s 78 paid-entry
visitor attractions throughout the country, as well as free entry to a host of special events taking
place at them throughout the year, from jousting at Linlithgow Palace to medieval mayhem at Caerlaverock
For more information, please visit the Historic Scotland website, www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/events
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- 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.
- 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: www.visitscotland.com/creative
- 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 www.visitscotland.org/yearofcreativescotland-toolkit