Battle site charges forward

HISTORIC Scotland has granted £5 million to The National Trust for Scotland to create a state-of-the-art visitor centre at the site of the battle of Bannockburn.

Minister for Culture Fiona Hyslop (centre right) and Kate Mavor (centre left) of The National Trust for Scotland announce plans for a new visitor centre at the Bannockburn Battlefield.

Minister for Culture Fiona Hyslop (centre right) and Kate Mavor (centre left) of The National Trust for Scotland announce plans for a new visitor centre at the Bannockburn Battlefield.

It will be built in time for the next year of Homecoming in 2014,when Scotland also plays host to the Commonwealth Games and The Ryder Cup. It will also tie in with the Battle’s 700 year anniversary.
A design team of consultants are working with Historic Scotland and The National Trust for Scotland to develop proposals for the new visitor experience, which will incorporate an immersive digital experience designed to transport visitors back to the 14th century battle.
There will also be improved visitor facilities, landscaping and conservation of listed monuments and their setting.
Work on the project is expected to start in mid-2012 and although closures of some of the existing facilities on-site will be unavoidable, there will still be plenty of interest for visitors that come to the battlefield.
One idea that is being considered is interpretation on the project and there may also be a live archaeological dig.
A programme of special events will also take place in the lead up to the opening of the new visitor centre.

For further information

visit www.nts.org.uk