Oh what a year!

Edinburgh Castle and fountain in princess street gardens with snow

It’s traditional to look back and bid farewell to the old year, so before the clock strikes midnight on the 31st of December, we wanted to share with you our calendar highlights of 2016… for Auld Lang Syne!

With Robert Burns in mind, we celebrated our Burns for Beginners event in January.

Picture of a costumed performer as Rabbie Burns

In February we caught up with Arlene Katorza the designer of I Love a Lassie – the jewellery range which is based on the pattern and texture of the iron grid work of the Portcullis Gate.

A photograph of necklaces and a ring

We met characters from the castle’s past with our Meet the Cast over the Easter weekend in March.

A photograph of two women dressed in Elizabethan dresses, looking at one another.

Our Redcoat Café got a makeover in April reflecting the military history of the castle.

A photograph of a cafe with large windows, timber beams and large circular lights hanging from the ceilings.

We had two new arrivals at the castle in May. Red the Great Edinburgh baker started providing tasty baked treats in our cafes and Bonnie the Bear also hit the shelves in our Portcullis gift shop.

Photograph of shortbread biscuits shaped like dogs, with blue icing coloursA photograph of a white bear toy wearing a dark red dress and a dark red bow.

We commemorated the fallen with the Battle of the Somme Vigil in the Scottish National War Memorial in June.

A photograph of a large building with a grand entrance, on a sunny day.

The Honours of Scotland were given a clean before the Fifth Opening of the Scottish Parliament in July.

In August we opened the 2016 festival season with Deep Time – an event marking 350 million years of Edinburgh’s history which included a spectacular animation of lighting and music on the castle.

A photograph of a building with a map of the world and the words "Welcome world" projected onto it.

In September we welcomed another new member or should we say ingredient to our team – our Chef! He is cooking up a storm!

A photograph of meal on a white plate, with a glass of red wine and a Christmas cracker in the background.

In October we welcomed astronaut Tim Peake.

A photograph of three men - one in a military uniform - stood beside a large gun.

November marked the 20th anniversary of the Stone of Destiny’s return to Scotland

A photograph of a large stone with a thick chain attached to its side.

And now it is December – our Christmas Tree is taking pride of place in the Great Hall, our festive lunches have been devoured and we have been delighted with hearing Tales and Traditions of a Victorian Christmas and the presence of Mary Queen of Scots to tell us her festive plans.

A collage of two photographs - one is of a Christmas tree, another with a three people at a dining table with a Christmas tree in the background.

As we approach 2017 we celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Why not visit us on January 1? We are open from 11am – 5pm.

In the meantime…

Happy Hogmanay!

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