Stirling Castle’s A Midwinter’s Feast



A special invitation from Stirling Castle (tickets are included in the admission price):

“You are cordially invited to Stirling Castle this Sunday (6 Dec) to mark the end of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink with A Midwinter’s Feast. Discover the dishes that might have made it to the Queen’s banqueting table 500 years ago and experience the traditions of a royal Renaissance Christmas with music, dancing and the art of tomfoolery. Visit our festive food market in the Chapel Royal and try delicious samples from local businesses.”

The event runs from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Chicken Soup

Here is a wonderful soup recipe from Stirling Castle’s Unicorn Cafe.  I particularly like it because it doesn’t require searching up a whole bunch of ingredients and it sounds so hearty and delicious.


Rustic Chicken, Leek & Potato Broth Serves 4
IL Vegetable stock
250g Leeks – cut into 2cm pieces and washed
500g Potatoes scrubbed and cut into 2cm dice
4 x Chicken thighs
Salt & pepper
1. Bring the vegetable stock to the boil
2. Add the chicken thighs and allow to simmer for 20 minutes
3. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon from pot and place on a plate and leave to cool
4. Remove the skin and pick the chicken from the bone
5. Add the leek to the stock and boil for 5 minutes, then remove from pot with slotted spoon and allow to cool
6. Add the potatoes to the pot and cook them until soft, roughly 15 minutes
7. Remove half the potatoes from the pot when they are soft and keep with the cooked leek
8. Blend the remaining potato and stock until smooth
9. Add the reamining potato, leek and chicken
10. Simmer for 5 minutes and season to taste
Serve with some crusty bread.

Visitor Services Assistants

Muness Castle

hello folks,

no, I haven’t become a blog for jobs in Scotland. 🙂  I’ve just seen a couple recently that would be oh so perfect if I lived in Scotland.  This job that I am posting below is a dream job of mine and maybe one summer I will move over for the months it’s on.  Long have I wanted to work at Stirling Castle.  Unfortunately it is highly impractical for commuting.

However, that being said … here they are … a couple of postings for summer workers with Historic Scotland.   I’d love to hear from you if you are working for any of the Historic Scotland properties this summer.

Job summary

Salary Band £15000 – £16764
Location Central and West
Hours 37 per week
Closing Date 30 January 2015 at midnight
Reference HSC/15/012

Applications are invited for the post of Seasonal Visitor Services Assistants based at Stirling Castle. These are full time, fixed term (April to September) pensionable appointments. The post holder will work 37 hours per week working 5 days out of 7 which will include weekends.

Please apply by the closing date of midnight on Friday 30th January 2015 with the successful candidates expected to take up post during the last week in March 2015.

or alternatively, if you prefer Edinburgh Castle:

Job summary

Salary Band £15000 – £16764
Location Edinburgh and the Lothians
Hours 37 per week
Closing Date 11 February 2015 at midday
Reference HSC/15/002

We are recruiting for seasonal staff for 2015 for all areas within the Castle with various dates starting March through to October.

You will provide the highest standard of customer care to all visitors at all times; enthusiastically provide information and assistance to visitors throughout their visit, whilst also ensuring visitor safety at Edinburgh Castle; and ensure high standards of presentation and professionalism are maintained at all times. There are 3 areas in which positions are available within the Visitor Services Team: Admissions, Retail and Stewarding.

Completed application pack and relevant baseline security documents (please see attached sheet confirming the required baseline documents) should be brought along to one of our recruitment days at Edinburgh Castle. The recruitment open days are from 9th February – 11th February 2015, 11.00am – 4.00pm.

Online applications will not be accepted for these posts please make sure that you download and bring all required documents with you to the open day of your choice as these are essential. Failure to bring a completed application pack and all the required baseline security documents to a Recruitment Open Day will exclude you from the recruitment process.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra at Stirling Castle


Stirling Castle Great Hall @ 8:00 p.m

July 30th, 2014


“The Scottish Chamber Orchestra returns to Stirling Castle for their annual summer concert with the truly talented, young, French conductor Alexandre Bloch. The programme is sure to sparkle with energy, enthusiasm and summer warmth.

Joining the SCO is Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe. He has been described as “a prodigious technician and supremely expressive player”. A recent first class honours graduate from Scotland’s Conservatoire, Sean is a trailblazer for classical guitar: he is the first guitarist to be admitted to the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists Scheme, and the only solo guitarist to have received a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship.”

“The young and talented Alexandre Bloch conducts the SCO in a sublime programme of music. Bloch opens the concert with Ravel’s six movement work Le Tombeau de Couperin, followed by Rodrigo’s magical Fantasia para un gentilhombre with talented guitarist Sean Shibe as soloist. Rossini’s wonderful overture from The Italian girl in Algiers and the ever-popular Mozart Symphony No 38 ‘Prague’ completes this perfect summer evening of entertainment.” (all information taken directly from websites Historic Scotland and Scottish Chamber Orchestra).

Tickets available from:

Albert Halls Box Office, Corn Exchange Road, Stirling 01786 473 544

£18 adult/ £15 senior citizen & Friends of Historic Scotland/ £5 concession


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