Castle baggers and historical buildings buffs mark your diaries: Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution, Michael Russell, has announced a weekend of free entry to 47 Historic Scotland sites throughout Scotland on Saturday 28th November and Sunday 29th November to mark St Andrew's Day.
Edinburgh visitor attractions and info.
The Night Afore (30 Dec, the night before Hogmanay) brings a display of light and fire on the Royal Mile and various special tours in popular visitor attractions. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Light Night follows a model borrowed from Paris and St Petersburgh where familiar city venues are opened and illuminated at night to present specially commissioned events and artists.
Edinburgh City Council has reported thousands of visitors on Doors Open Day 2009, held the past Saturday and Sunday.
In particular, the newly restored and reopened Nelson Monument and Burns Monument were busy throughout the day on Saturday (26 September), drawing crowds of some 2,000 visitors and residents between them.
The 2009 Fringe programme includes 2098 shows with 34,265 performances in 265 performing spaces.
The struggle to win the vote for women will be showcased in a new Museum of Edinburgh exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the 1909 suffragettes' procession in the city.
The skirl of bagpipes on the Royal Mile may be a familar sound, but for the first time in recent years a lone bagpiper is welcoming visitors to Edinburgh Castle as it opens each day.
The piper, in full Highland dress, will be playing daily throughout the Summer season as Edinburgh Castle's great wooden entrance gates draw open at 9.30am and visitors flow in across the drawbridge.
In Scotland, the Kirk outlawed witchcraft as devil-worshipping heretics in 1563 and 1,500 people were executed. The last "witch" to be executed was Janet Horne in 1727. Sentenced to death by burning, she was stripped, covered in tar and paraded through Dornoch in a barrel after being accused of having a pact with the devil.