Friday, 30 October 2009

Doors open on St. Andrew's Day

From, the Official Online Gateway:

The visitor to Skara Brae on St Andrew's Day weekend can visit, free of charge, the best preserved Neolithic settlement in Northern Europe, spread out beside the Bay of Skaill, Orkney. Standing alone, it comprises eight ancient dwellings with interlinked passages. However, with interactive computer technology, it becomes more. The recreation of house number seven and a virtual walk-through plugs the gaps in our imagination, enabling us to connect with the people who lived there five thousand years ago.

At Stenness, the chambered cairn of Maeshowe will also open for free, giving visitors the chance to travel back to the heart of Neolithic Scotland and the fascinating beliefs of its earliest settlers.


On St Andrew's Day, Scotland's most cherished Castle, Edinburgh Castle – visited by over one million people last year – will be free to the public. Urquhart Castle, overlooking Loch Ness, is also participating in the St Andrew's Day on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th, giving the public free access to two of Scotland's most iconic and photographed buildings.

and for Burns fans...

One of the undoubted jewels in the St Andrew's Day crown will be free admission to the refurbished Robert Burns Birthplace Cottage in Alloway. The Ayrshire poet is seen as central to the cultural identity of Scotland, and the Year of Homecoming has celebrated the 250th anniversary of his birth. Improved interpretation facilities and a new film will reintroduce visitors to an ordinary Scot with an extraordinary talent for tapping into the soul of humanity.

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