Edinburgh Castle transforms into ‘Castle of Light’ for festive season

Edinburgh Castle of Light
Edinburgh Castle of Light

Historic Environment Scotland has launched their Castle of Light at Edinburgh Castle this winter. The 90-minute journey of light, sound and wonder will treat guests to an evening of dazzling animations, never seen before at the castle in its 900-year history. The Castle of Light will be running over six weeks throughout the festive season, from 14 November to 22 December.

The castle will be transformed using state-of-the-art projections and storytelling, using the finest digital and visual talent in Scotland to create an immersive experience to captivate locals and visitors.

Gillian Macdonald, Head of Business Development at Historic Environment Scotland, which operates Edinburgh Castle said, “Castle of Light invites visitors to watch the history of this iconic landmark come to life as it illuminates the very walls that saw it unfold. Guests will have the change to follow in the footsteps of Scotland’s heroes as they’re welcomed by stunning visuals and impressive lighting installations within the Castle’s walls.

“Using state-of-the-art projections to create a truly wonderful, immersive lighting adventure, this is sure to be a magical experience for all the family and we can’t wait for everyone to enjoy it.”

Edinburgh Castle Lights

Double Take Projections, NL Productions, Andy McGregor Design and War Productions Ltd are working together in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland to create an innovative illuminated walking tour, with time entries between 5:30pm and 8:30pm.

The group have provided projection light shows around the globe from the Enchanted Forest Pitlochry to Sydney Opera House via Forth Bridges and Blackpool Tower. The creation of this world-class event, hosted in their home city, within such an iconic building will be a unique experience.

Castle of Light Edinburgh

Andy McGregor, Creative Director of Castle of Light said, “This is an amazing opportunity to create a major lightning projection event for the truly iconic site that is Edinburgh Castle – a place recognised throughout the world and one which embodies so much Scottish history.

“I grew up by the Meadows in the shadow of this rock but I’m now seeing the Castle with fresh eyes. As a team, we will be drawing on the history, geology, mythology and the sheet drama of the site to conjure a spectacle that we hope to excite, entertain and enlighten audiences of all ages and background. To a certain extent, it is like being given a set of (very big) keys to a (a very big) toy shop – but with rather more responsibility! – and we are thrilled to be involved in such an exciting project for this national treasure.”

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