Battle of Bannockburn welcomes its 50,000th visitor
10 Oct 2014
The National Trust for Scotland’s Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre celebrated its 50,000th visitor today (9 October 2014) since opening on 1/3/14.
Lynn Forney Young from Texas, USA was crowned 50,000th visitor to the Stirling site during the year of the 700th anniversary of the 1314 battle. Ms Young was visiting as part of a Daughters of the American Revolution tour group. This is a national society based in Washington DC with over 180,000 members from the USA and 14 other countries, that aims to promote and preserve American history and heritage.
Ms Young is President General of Daughters of the American Revolution, she said: “We are visiting Scotland this year to honour the connections between American and Scottish history and heritage. Bannockburn is an important part of our tour. Our group, which represents 100 people from 33 different US states, have descendants from both sides of the battle, including direct descendants of King Robert the Bruce. To be crowned 50,000th visitor to the new centre here is very exciting indeed, and we would like to thank the National Trust for Scotland for their generous hospitality.”
The President General was welcomed by four primary 1 and 2 pupils from local Borestone Primary School, Summer McKillop, Anna Fraser, Lewis Robertson and Michael Harris, who presented a gift from the National Trust for Scotland.
Since the 1930s, the Trust has owned the historic site where King Robert the Bruce famously planted his standard before the two-day battle. Its 1960s Bannockburn Heritage Centre, demolished in 2012, saw on average 25,000 visitors per year. In just over 7 months the world-class new visitor attraction has seen double.
The new Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre opened on 1/3/14 to mark the 700th anniversary of the battle in June this year, transporting people back to the time of the 1314 battle with stunning 3D imagery. It is the first heritage attraction in the world to use state-of-the-art motion capture technology to bring medieval battle to life for 21st century audiences.
Scott McMaster, Property Manager at the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre said: “I have seen the new visitor centre grow from concept to completion and I am proud to say it is like no other experience in the world. We are leading the way for future heritage attractions worldwide and the 50,000th visitor is a good sign that the public and well-respected groups and societies, both locally and internationally, recognise that our site is world-class and definitely worth a visit.”
Find out more about the state-of-the-art new experience at Bannockburn, and come and visit for between £8 for a child/concession to £30 for a family ticket for 2 adults and up to four children at: www.battleofbannockburn.com