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Performers set their clocks for Stirling’s Big Night Out!

25 June 2014

Costumed performers Clara Koenig (left) and John Holsman (right) get ready for Stirling Castle’s first ever late night opening as part of Stirling’s Big Weekend.

picture of costumed performers Clara Koenig (left) and John Holsman (right)

On Saturday, 28th June, the castle will be joining other attractions in the area in opening until 8pm as part of Stirling’s Big Night Out, which forms part of the city’s Big Weekend which will see Stirling and the surrounding area host Pipefest, Bannockburn Live and Armed Forces Day.

John and Clara are pictured with an original lantern clock - the first type of mechanical clock used in high-status houses – which dates from the late 1600s. The clock, which only has one hand, as was customary in the period, was originally housed within the castle and is now in the care of Historic Scotland’s collections unit.

For more information on the Big Weekend please visit or for further information on the castle please visit

Picture: Gareth Easton Photography

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  • Scotland welcomes the world in the Year of Homecoming 2014 providing a year-long programme of events alongside the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games. The Year of Homecoming Scotland will run until 31 December 2014 throughout the length and breadth of the country. Visitors from around the world are invited to join in a celebration of the nation’s food and drink, active pursuits, cultural heritage, nature and ancestral heritage. Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a Scottish Government initiative being led by EventScotland and VisitScotland, supported by numerous partners. To find out more visit For more on Historic Scotland’s Homecoming activities visit or tweet us using #hshomecoming.

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Iona Matheson, Media & PR Officer
Historic Scotland Media Office
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858