Posts Tagged ‘ Historic Scotland ’

English Heritage re-opens

Mar 24th, 2021 | By
image of Stonehenge

In just one week’s time, March 29th, English Heritage properties will start to re-open again but, entry must be booked in advance.

Saturday snippets: 30 May 2015

May 30th, 2015 | By

Adrian concentrates on domestic news as June heralds in the summer – it might even get warmer again!

Rewarding volunteers

Apr 26th, 2015 | By
image of Stirling Castle

Largely unsung, volunteers are the people responsible for keeping many of our tourist attractions open as governments both local and national turn the screws on public finances.

Saturday snipppets: 14th March 2015

Mar 14th, 2015 | By
Trabant - not smelly or noisy

A new island, a re-opened castle and a re-modelled car are amongst the news stories that captured Adrian’s attention this week.

Edinburgh Castle remains number one

Oct 15th, 2014 | By

Scotland’s number one paid for tourist attraction, Edinburgh Castle has recorded a record breaking summer for visitors.

Saturday snippets: 14 December 2013

Dec 14th, 2013 | By

Adrian looks forward to standing on the wing of a seaplane in Croatia, meeting Swedes in his local Welsh pub and pondering who to propose for a Scottish commemorative plaque. Amongst other things!

The St Andrew’s Day giveaway

Nov 14th, 2013 | By

In celebration of St Andrew’s day in a fortnight’s time, Historic Scotland is offering you the opportunity to enter their 35 properties for nothing. The rules are that you have to apply online at a special website,, to gain entry for two adults and up to three children.

Forty two and the meaning of historic Scotland

Nov 22nd, 2011 | By

The Meaning of Life may be 42 and the question forgotten according to the author, Douglas Adams but Historic Scotland hasn’t forgotten what 42 means. It is the number of its attractions that will be open completely free to us next weekend.

Don’t mess with heritage

Oct 7th, 2011 | By

The announcement that the National trust had reached four million members was the cause for much comment on TV and the newspapers. Most of that was based on wondering whether the organisation was still full of crusty do-gooders or whether its modern approach to allowing people to touch things was a bit too “popular” and trendy.

The Historic Battlefields of Scotland

Sep 11th, 2011 | By

Last March created an inventory of what it considers to be the most important battlefield sites in the country. Seventeen were added then. Now the second tranche is being considered.
You might be tempted to say, so what? We know about the battles, why have an inventory? Isn’t this an academic thing so it’s not going to affect me?

Stirling Castle Palace Re-Opens

Jun 3rd, 2011 | By

This weekend sees the re-opening of one of the most important sites in Scottish history – the palace at Stirling Castle. To celebrate this Historic Scotland is putting an extra effort with festivities and events.
On Saturday, the splender kicks off at 11.45 with a royal procession whih will include Mary, Queen of Scots and Mary of Guise and the rest of the “royal” party to be welcomed by cannon fire.

5,000 Free Tickets from Historic Scotland

Mar 6th, 2011 | By

Next weekend you have the chance to visit one of 44 properties owned by Historic Scotland. Normally you would be charged an admission fee but on this one weekend, you will get in free if you are lucky enough to get one of the free vouchers.
How do you get one?

Caring for Scotland’s Heritage

Feb 2nd, 2011 | By

Caring for and protecting our heritage is not only important in being able to continue to attract tourist to spend money with us it also provides employment and contributes to the economy. Quite obviously if our past is neglected it can decay, collapse or disappear. To try and encourage the youth of Scotland to care for the past, Historic Scotland is asking communities to nominate young people for this year’s Young Scot Awards.

Volunteering at Linlithgow

Jan 26th, 2011 | By

Would tourism be as successful or indeed as profitable as it is without volunteers? The industry relies on us to turn up week in, week out to act as guides, parking attendants, ticket sellers, watchful glances to keep an eye on visitors, information kiosk minders and goodness knows what else. Why do we do it?
The main reason is that we like it. No, we enjoy it. Which is just as well because, just like charity shops, many attractions and sites may not open without the volunteers.
Take this coming Saturday at Linlithgow Peel next to the famed palace in Scotland.

Free Entry to Historic Scotland

Nov 26th, 2010 | By

For the last four years, Historic Scotland has opened its doors, free of charge, to some of its properties in celebration of St Andrew’s Day. This year it has trumped itself by extending the free opening to cover four days starting tomorrow and ending on the day itself.
From 9.30am, you’ll be able to enter one or as many as you can manage of 48 heritage sites throughout the country.

The Trail of Mary of Guise

Jun 27th, 2010 | By

June commemorates the 450th anniversary of the death of Mary of Guise, the mother of Mary, Queen of Scots. Why so important an anniversary?
Because after the death of her husband, James V, at the end of 1542, she was the ruler of Scotland up until her death. It was she who maintained the Catholic cause against Protestant reformers. It was she who outwitted the Scottish nobles albeit with French money and it was her brother who captured Calais from the English during the time of Mary I.