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Events Announced for Robert the Bruce’s 750th Anniversary | Historic Environment Scotland



With one month to go until the 750th anniversary of Robert the Bruce’s birth on 11th July, Historic Scotland sites are hosting a range of activities that give visitors the chance to walk in the shoes of the iconic Scottish ruler and learn more about his historic legacy.

Visitors can follow in the footsteps of the iconic Scot with the Outlaw King Trail, leading to historic sites connected to Robert the Bruce and the Netflix film ‘Outlaw King’. There will also be special talks offered at Melrose Abbey, where Robert the Bruce’s heart was buried.

To mark the special anniversary, HES has joined forces with other organisations in Dumfries and Galloway, a region of Scotland of great significance in the lives of Robert the Bruce and his family, with a programme of events including a children’s trail across Sweetheart Abbey, Whithorn Priory, Glenluce Abbey and Caerlaverock Castle, where little ones can also learn about the life of Scotland’s renowned ruler. Caerlaverock Castle will also host the exhilarating Spectacular Jousting on the 27th and 28th of July.

Alongside themed tours and trails, Living History performances of Robert the Bruce are planned across Historic Scotland sites over the summer including Edinburgh Castle, Dunfermline Abbey and Melrose Abbey.

A new range of products has also been launched on Stor, the Historic Scotland shop. Featuring bold and vibrant designs that honour the King who won the Battle of Bannockburn, the range has been created by Scottish designer Allistair J Burt in partnership with Historic Scotland.

Stephen Duncan, Director of Marketing & Engagement at Historic Environment Scotland, said:

Robert the Bruce is a truly iconic figure from history who has connections to a number of our sites. We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors across the country with a range of events to explore and lots to discover about a true Scottish hero.

The full list of events, activities and the sites involved can be found on the Historic Scotland website at

Booking in advance is advised to guarantee entry. Day time events are free for Historic Scotland members.

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