Step into the past at Aberdour Castle

Aberdour Castle will take a step back in time to the 14th century this weekend for a historical re-enactment event for all the family.

Friday, 15th July 2016, 12:12 pm
Updated Friday, 15th July 2016, 1:17 pm
The re-enactment takes place this weekend (July 16-17) at Aberdour Castle

Historic dramatists are set to bring to life a unique part of the castle’s past, telling when King Robert the Bruce gave the castle to his nephew as a gift.

Taking place on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, The Keys to the Castle event will explore and introduce visitors to the stronghold’s history around the time when Sir Thomas Randolph was granted Aberdour, in recognition of his role and contributions during the Wars of Independence.

The former residence of the Randolph family is one of the oldest masonry castles in Scotland and served as a seat for a number of other powerful Scottish dynasties for over 500 years, including the Mortimer and Douglas families.

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As well as opportunities for visitors to be put through their paces and discover what it took to be ready for a medieval battle, the event will also provide an insight into what the noble residence might have been like 691 years ago.

Visitors will be able to learn about different aspects of life in medieval Scotland, from armoury and archery to calligraphy and even experience what a bustling working kitchen from the time might have looked like.

Fraser Napier, events assistant at Historic Environment Scotland, said: “As well as finding out about the story of how Sir Randolph was granted Aberdour, there will be opportunities for hands-on activities such as schiltron and combat training.”

Keys to the Castle takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 12-4pm.

The event is included in the cost of admission and is free for members.