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Kilts and Captivity

Kilts and Captivity

Meet a Highlander held prisoner within Edinburgh Castle and find out why the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and 1745 failed.

Soldier and girl standing beside Mons Meg

The King’s Cannon

King James II was fascinated with siege cannons which resulted in the purchase of the mighty bombard Mons Meg in 1457.

An actor dressed in a Tudor costume stands in front of a castle and is leaning his musket upon a stone where musket balls are also placed.

Swords of the Righteous

Hear from a Cromwellian soldier on why they laid siege to Edinburgh Castle.

Photograph of an actor dressed as a medieval surgeon demonstrating ancient practice

Meet the Barbersurgeon

Find out how Hector Cadaver, Edinburgh Castle's 'barber surgeon' in the 16th century, treated wounds.

The Red Clydesider

The Red Clydesider

Find out why Davie Kirkwood, part of the Red Clydeside Movement, was arrested and brought to Edinburgh Castle.

A group hold schiltron spikes and a young child gasped in amazement.

Schiltron: Flodden era

Come and see how the Scots of the 16th century fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself.

Winter Warmer Walk: Linlithgow

Winter Warmer Walk: Linlithgow

Explore Linlithgow Loch and Peel on this guided walk.

An actor dressed in Jacobite costume holds a gun.

Rebels and Redcoats

Come along and learn what role the castle played in this great conflict.

A costumed actor, dressed in 19th century soldier's uniform, is standing in front of a castle and leaning on a gun.

From Waterside to Waterloo

Hear the heroic tale of Sergeant Charles Ewart's daring feat to capture the Colours.

The Road to Bannockburn

The Road to Bannockburn

Learn about the medieval weapons and tactics of a Scottish foot soldier.

Medieval Longsword

A History of the Sword

Meet one of the Kings champions of the sword here in Edinburgh Castle.

Head and Shoulders Above the Rest! Sword in hand image.

Head and Shoulders Above the Rest!

Find out the part the Grenadiers would play in the history of Edinburgh Castle.