Scone Palace hosts Scottish Axe Throwing Open for first time

6 May 2019

Hot on the iron-clad heels of the International Medieval Combat Federation (IMCF) World Championships, battle has commenced again at Scone Palace as the award-winning visitor attraction hosted the Braveheart Scottish Axe Throwing Open.

The team at Scone Palace welcomed axe-wielding competitors from all over the UK, Ireland and Europe for the competition, which took place in the Palace grounds all day yesterday. 

Visitors descended on the Palace for the day out, where competitors aimed to hit a target with their axes, getting as close to the bullseye as possible. There was also "have-a-go" sessions for the public to take part in.

Braveheart Axe Throwing, Scotland's axe throwing team, hosted the 15-year-old annual event. Members of the Scottish Knight League, many of whom competed in last year's IMCF World Championships, also returned to Scone Palace for the event demonstrating their medieval combat skills during the day.

Live commentary for all the competitive action was delivered from broadcaster and entertainer Big Al, as well as music from Scotland's premier tribal band Clann an Drumma and historical King Robert the Bruce re-enactments from Strathleven Artizans. A real-life Blackadder impersonator also strolled the grounds posing for selfies and generally making visitors do a double take, and young visitors were entertained by The Regal Storytellers.

Visitors explored a food village and on- site bar, browsed medieval style merchandise, and ventured into the Palace to enjoy the in-house Coffee Shop.

Stephen Brannigan, Head of House Opening at Scone Palace, said:

"After the success of hosting the IMCF World Championships in 2018, we are delighted to have welcomed the Braveheart Scottish Axe throwing Open, another sporting tournament with an international appeal, to Scone Palace this weekend. It has been a spectacular event and the whole day offered something for everyone, young and old, to enjoy."