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A landscape view of Edinburgh Castle with buildings in the foreground.

With Allenby in Palestine

Hear how the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry faced the mission of pushing the Turkish Empire out of Palestine.

A photograph of a man dressed as a medieval mason pointing at a carved stone in the side of a building.

Meet the Master Mason

Come along and meet the Master Mason – the man who makes our buildings look magnificent.

An archer is holding a bow and arrow in both hands and smiles at the camera.

Bolts and Bodkins

Get dressed for battle and learn how to use the medieval longbow and crossbow from castle archer, Rusty Bodkins.

Biggar Gasworks Steam Days

A chance to see the boiler operating and driving various items of steam driven machines.

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12 Family Arts workshops with a heritage theme.

A young child with a hat, warm jacket and gloves, points a schiltron pike off camera.

Schiltron - Wars of Independence

Come and see how the Scots of this era fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself.

View of Huntingtower Castle from the north-east

Lord George Murray

Hear the story of the Jacobite General who almost led the army to victory.

Kilts and Captivity

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

A portrait of a costumed actor dressed in nurses uniform from the early 20th century.

Inglis' Amazons

Hear of Dr. Elsie Inglis' all-female medical unit as they save lives at the front and fight prejudice at home.

Music Through the Ages

Meet King James V's musician to find out out the instruments he plays and what is expected of him in the royal court.

Two boys with VR Headsets on


Join us at Urquhart Castle for a virtual adventure.

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.