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Where to find the Middle Ages in Scotland in 2019

Historic Environment Scotland has unveiled its events programme for 2019, which will feature medieval tournaments, Norse sagas and unique looks into castles.

The 2019 itinerary provides a fun-filled opportunity to experience Scotland’s past and explore its culture, while making new memories and learning about the history of hundreds of unique heritage sites throughout Scotland.

On Monday 1 April, more than 50 attractions throughout Scotland will reopen their doors for the summer season, many with exciting events in store. From Shetland’s stunning Mousa Broch, which is steeped in history and features in two Norse sagas, to the remarkably eccentric Scotstarvit Tower, a quirky building with many key features missing, there is plenty to see and do across the country.

Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism at Historic Environment Scotland, said “The start of the season is always an exciting time for us, as we get ready to welcome new and returning visitors to our sites across the country. At HES we are passionate about being able to provide experiences that allow locals and visitors alike to explore Scotland’s rich heritage.

“Embracing the vast history of the country, we’re able to bring the stories of our past to life in new and innovative ways through our programme of events. Our 2019 schedule offers a great way to discover Scotland’s history, and we’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone to our sites.”

Some of the special events include:

Guardian of the Loch at Urquhart Castle

The Pictish & Early Medieval Sculpture of Caithness & Sutherland in Edinburgh

Seize the Day at Dirleton Castle

Viking Invasion at Dunstaffnage Castle

Spectacular Jousting at Linlithgow Palace

Tickets for the events can be bought in advance online or purchased on the day of the event. Visitors who purchase their tickets online will be able to save 10% and many events are free for Historic Scotland members.

Click here to view the full 2019 events programme.

Top Image: Dirleton Castle, East Lothian, Scotland. Photo by Jonathan Oldenbuck / Wikimedia Commons



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