Stirling Castle will be taking visitors back 100 years in time to Stirling 1914 when thousands of young men from all over Scotland gathered at its gates to sign up to serve King and Country in the First World War.
Over the weekend of Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October, the castle will be hosting a special event which will see visitors learn how the castle and the lives of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who were based at the castle, changed almost overnight.
With centuries of history held within its walls, visitors will also have the opportunity to discover more about the castle’s perhaps less well known role during the war as an army recruitment centre for the many thousands of volunteers who signed up.
Over the course of the weekend, costumed interpreters will explore different aspects of the castle’s history during this time, by taking on the roles of many of the characters who would have been present at the castle from a Quarter Master Sergeant to the Medical Officer.
Castle guides will also explore the history of the castle during WWI through special tours, whilst the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum, based within the castle will offer tours and the opportunity to trace ancestors who served in the regiment.
Meanwhile, the castle’s Chapel Royal, which once housed beds for reservists and new recruits during the First World War, will showcase a temporary display of First World War images.
Stirling 1914 takes place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October 2014 from 12noon – 4pm. Entry to this event is included in the price of admission to Stirling Castle.