Scotland's greatest battle set to be brought to life at Scone Palace

16 June 2014

On Sunday 22nd June, on the eve of the historic 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, Scone Palace is inviting visitors to come along to celebrate Scotland’s famous victory against King Edward II, at the site where the heroic Robert I was crowned in 1306.

In a unique event for all the family, visitors will be able to stand on iconic Moot Hill where the crowning took place, then cast their imaginations forward eight years to the two days of fierce constant battle as King Robert the Bruce and his squire, in the company of some of his brave warriors, stage living history battle re-enactments in the grounds of the Palace.

There’ll be an opportunity to hear the story of Bruce's greatest victory, learn about the weapons and tactics used by the Scots at the famous battle and even feel the weight of the weapons and equipment used by the soldiers of the period.

The performers will also be on the lookout for young recruits to train in the skills of the schiltron regiment. The schiltron lay at the heart of the Scots’ military strategy, with up to two thousand spear-carrying men forming an impenetrable circular battle formation to face down the English mounted knights. Youngsters will be able to dress up as Bruce's foot soldiers and practice the tactics of the day.

The event is running throughout the day from 12.00 noon until 3.30pm with the performances at 12.00 noon, 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm. Each presentation will last around 20-30 minutes, and in between the shows there’ll be photo opportunities plus a chance to chat to the performers.

For those looking to escape the heat of the battle, The Old Servants’ Hall Coffee Shop will be open throughout the day, serving a range of delicious home baking, soups and light snacks.

Events Manager Heather McArthur said: “As the scene of his enthronement in 1306, Scone Palace shares a very special connection with Robert the Bruce.

“These interactive living history performances will be a fantastic opportunity for visitors to pay tribute to one of Scotland’s great heroes, find out more about the decisive battle which changed the path of Scottish history forever, and experience at first hand the tactics and medieval combat that led to a stunning Scottish victory”.

Normal grounds admission applies - Adult £6.30, Concession £5.70, Child £4.40, Family £20. Children under 4 years go free.