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  • The Robert the Bruce statue at Bannockburn
    The Robert the Bruce statue at Bannockburn

700 years ago, nobleman Robert the Bruce gathered together his men and engaged in a fierce battle against the English at Bannockburn, just south of Stirling. Despite having the smaller army, Bruce’s men succeeded in driving King Edward II’s army homewards, marking a significant victory in the Scottish Wars of Independence.

Regarded as Scotland’s most successful monarch, Robert the Bruce was a nobleman from the south west, who gained his nation’s crown and won the country’s independence. The Battle of Bannockburn is one of the greatest and most important fights ever to take place in Britain. It proved to be a turning point in history which had a future effect on both Scotland and England.

To mark the 700th anniversary of the conflict, a brand new, state-of-the-art Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre opened in March 2014. Here you can see the sights and sounds of medieval warfare first hand before leading your own division of medieval soldiers in a dramatic battle game, a unique interactive experience. No trip is complete without a walk across the battlefield itself.

On June 28 and 29, the Battle of Bannockburn will be brought to life during two days of epic re-enactments at Bannockburn Live. Watch 300 soldiers wage medieval combat as they recreate the brutal battle across the course of each afternoon – it is the biggest event of its kind ever to be held in Scotland. On site you can also visit medieval encampments, sample tasty Scottish food and drink, join storytelling workshops and research your clan roots.

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