Scotland’s history stretches back thousands and thousands of years and fascinating stories of the past await. A number of big anniversaries in 2024 offer the opportunity for visitors to join local communities in the celebrations.  

Dunfermline Abbey Photo Credit IanRGMcCracken

Robert the Bruce is a ruler which the history books remember; many regard him as being Scotland’s most successful monarch.

With the 750th anniversary of his birth coming up on 11 July 2024 there has never been a better time to follow in the footsteps of Scotland’s most famous king by exploring the Robert the Bruce Trail in the South of Scotland or more local locations thought to be connected to him such as Scone Palace and Dunfermline Abbey which are only 30 to 40 minute drive from Lindores respectively.

First launched in 1824, HMS Unicorn – which can be visited in Dundee – is the third oldest ship afloat in the world and the oldest ship in Scotland.

In celebration of her 200th anniversary, no less than two special presents have been commissioned for the museum ship: A new musical piece about her history will be performed on board as part of a series of events during the anniversary year. And a newly designed statue, a 3 metre all-steel artwork of a unicorn rearing on its hind legs, is set to form the centrepiece of a new garden for HMS Unicorn.  Get aboard the frigate to experience the history and atmosphere. Dog friendly attraction a short 30 minute drive from Scottish luxury lodges Lindores.

Standing at 100ft tall and weighing more than 300 tonnes each, the magical Kelpies, located within Falkirk’s The Helix Park, are the largest equine sculptures in the world.

The stunning sculptures, created by artist Andy Scott 10 years ago, have become iconic on the landscape after being modelled on real-life icons of times gone by — Clydesdale horses Duke and Baron. During a free event on 27 April visitors can enjoy street theatre, storytellers and artists who will create a vibrant and colourful scene to experience alongside the spectacular sculptures, culminating in a big family ceilidh, pipe band demonstrations, not to mention a specially invited guestlist of Clydesdale horses to mark the breed’s significant contribution to Scotland’s industrial heritage and inspiration for Andy Scott’s masterpiece. The day of celebration will be followed by a concert in the evening.

The Kelpies are open for visiting 7 days a week all year and a short 60 minute drive from Lindores accommodation nearby. 

After a decade on, The Black family farm remain passionate about offering quality guest experiences to visitors staying in Lindores Lodge. Back in 2014, The Hamilton family of four and their dog Rosie were the first guests to ever stay in the first architecturally designed 3 bedroomed luxury lodge with hot tub in Scotland. Designed and beautifully furnished for kids, dogs, elderly, friends and families escaping to the country to relax and be together. Over the last decade the destination has won a number of reputable tourism awards. Lindores Lodge quality interiors and furnishings were hand picked, timeless pieces offering charm and comfort for new and returning guests. In 2024, the family farm now offers guests an incredible range of experiences thanks to the families pursuit to showcase local food, drink, native breeds like Highland Cows on their circular and sustainable farm in Fife.

The family are currently bringing back to life an original 1800’s farmhouse that was in disrepair. In 2024 this space will be for staying guests to visit for more immersive farm experiences. Watch this space and updates on social media.

We hope you find some travel inspiration from these four Scottish anniversaries. Our last blog showcased new Scottish attractions in 2024.

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