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Celebrate Scottish Archaeology Month

Celebrate Scottish Archaeology Month

From the 6th to the 30th of September, this Scotland-wide festival of archaeology showcases events, exhibitions and storytelling with the theme of local heritage, history and archaeology. This includes historical reconstructions, talks, tours of archaeological sites, and plenty of opportunities to visit museum collections and historic buildings.

Let’s look at some of the top events and exhibitions taking place close to Dunblane:


Three Towers Tour: Cambuskenneth Abbey & St Ninian’s Kirk


Cambuskenneth Abbey was founded in 1147 by David I and is one of Scotland’s greatest early gothic bell towers. The 3-storey tower was restored by William Mackison in 1864, but through the years has seen nobility and clergy swear fealty to David Bruce; the burial of James IIII after the Battle of Sauchieburn, and many more important historical events.

Three Towers Tour 2 includes a guided tour around the tower, discovering medieval grave slabs, architectural fragments, Pictish longboats and secret masons’ marks.

Where? Cambuskenneth Abbey Tower, Cambuskenneth

When? Sunday 11th September 2016 (2-4pm)

St Ninian’s Kirk was blown up by the retreating army of Bonnie Prince Charlie during the Jacobite Rebellion in 1745, leaving only the tower behind. Although the tower was restored and appears to be a 17th century structure, it is thought to be of much older origin.

Three Towers Tour 3 includes a tour of St Ninian’s Old Church Yard, where you can learn about Celtic Christianity and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Where? St Ninian’s Old Kirk, Kirk Wynd, Stirling

When? Thursday 15th September 2016 (7-8pm)

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The Battle of Bannockburn

The Battle of Bannockburn Experience is an interactive exhibit with costumes, video reconstructions of battles, talks and re-enactments. During Scottish Archaeology Month The battle of Bannockburn exhibit will be running authentic archery trials, weapons handling and dressing up.

Sessions are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis from 10am – 4pm.

Where? NTS The Battle of Bannockburn, Whins of Milton, Stirling

When? Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th September 2016 (10am-4pm)

Bannockburn monument


The Lost Tomb of Robert the Bruce

robert the bruce

For the first time in 550 years, a true replica of the lost tomb of Robert the Bruce has been recreated by archaeologists. Specialists worked with marble fragments found when his body was discovered in 1818 and have used innovative digital technology to reconstruct the tomb using 3D digital printing.

Accompanying the exhibition is a series of four lectures on 15th, 22nd, 23rd and 30th September.

Where? Gallery 1, Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling

When? 7th September – 2nd October 2016 (all day)

For more information on the exhibit and the four talks, visit the Smith website.


John de Graham’s Castle

John de Graham’s Castle was the home of William Wallace’s ally, Sir John de Graham, veteran of The Battle of Stirling Bridge. Join an historical expert on a guided tour of the medieval earthwork motte and surrounding landscape. It’s an archaeological site of significance and has lots of interesting history behind it.

Where? Carron Valley, Stirling

When? Saturday 10th September 2016 (12-1pm)

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Historical and archaeology buffs will love September in Scotland. If you’re looking for a comfortable hotel a quick drive from these locations, choose DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro. The hotel is surrounded by peaceful Perthshire countryside and features stylish rooms, a signature restaurant with menus created by celebrity chef Nick Nairn, a spa, a pool and much more.