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Historic Scotland App

by StirlingCastle 13. June 2014 04:54

Historic Scotland has launched a new app packed with essential information and beautiful imagery for over 70 Historic Scotland attractions including admission price, opening times, facilities and directions.  You can even buy tickets ahead of time.



It is the perfect tool for researching your next day out or holiday.  Intuitive and easy to use, the Historic Scotland app allows you to search by region or interest, with 'best for' categories such as ‘families’, ‘gardens’, ‘picnics’ and ‘military history’ to choose from. You can also view all attractions on an interactive map of Scotland.

Not sure where you want to go? The app includes event information, articles and itinerary features, with new content added regularly to provide a source of inspiration. A view of Historic Scotland on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram gives you the latest ‘social buzz’ all in one place.


After visiting Stirling Castle, use the app to navigate your way to Doune Castle, Dunblane Cathedral or Castle Campbell!


The app is free to download from iTunes and Google Play.


Find out more at http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/appsupport

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Big Bangs and Brass Bands

by StirlingCastle 29. May 2014 06:53

This Monday sees the castle host a 21-gun salute to mark the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation and as always we are looking forward to the occasion. You’d think after a while it would be easy to get a bit blasé about it but the salute brings the castle to life in unexpected ways.


 

It’s like a sensory overload. The sight of pristine uniforms polished to within an inch of their life, the sounds of brogues marching intently over the cobbles and the overpowering smell of the gun powder evokes strong images of the castle’s past. It makes me wonder about its rich history and colourful characters from medieval knights clashing during sieges to soldiers performing military drills during the castle’s time an army barracks.

 

 

Of course for our visitors, especially those from overseas, it’s an entirely different experience. They are dazzled by the bright uniforms, entertained by the cheerful music and amused with the pomp and ceremony of the occasion. Most of all the blast of the guns grounds them very much in the present.


Whatever the gun salute means to people, one thing is for sure, it is a very memorable and enjoyable occasion.


The next gun salute takes place this coming Monday, 2nd June 2014, at 12 noon and is included in the castle admission price.


Nicola McCrae

Marketing Executive  

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Secrets of the Stirling Skeletons

by StirlingCastle 21. May 2014 15:11

Long before the remains of Richard III were unearthed in a car park in Leicester, a mass grave containing 9 skeletons was found at Stirling Castle.


  


The discovery was made in 1997 by Kirkdale Archaeology during excavation works on a lost royal chapel in the castle’s Royal Palace.


The skeletons, 8 male and 1 female, range from a 6 month old infant to a 40 year old woman. It has been widely accepted that the bodies were buried there during the Scottish Wars of Independence (1296-1357) and must have been of high status or importance to have been interned in such an important site.


Two of the skeletons – a knight and a woman – attracted international headlines when they were featured in a BBC 2 History Cold Case documentary in 2010. The programme followed Professor Sue Black and her colleagues from the University of Dundee as they used the latest scientific techniques to discover more about the skeletons –from their diet to where they may have lived. The team reconstructed both skeletons bringing us face to face with people from the distant past. Visitors to the castle today can see the reconstructions in a special exhibition.



This Saturday (24th May 2014) the intriguing story of the Stirling Skeletons continues when Dr Jo Buckberry, a battle trauma expert from Bradford University will be presenting her findings on the brutal deaths of the skeletons in a unique event in the castle’s Great Hall. Silent Witnesses: Trauma Tales from Stirling Castle will focus on Jo’s research which reveals the injuries and traumas sustained by these individuals and the weapons that may have played a part in their untimely deaths.


It would appear that the Stirling Skeletons still have plenty of secrets to be discovered!


Silent Witnesses takes place at Stirling Castle on Saturday 24th May at 7.30pm and costs £10-15. Tickets are available online and on site at the castle.

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