The National War Memorial for Scotland was established by Royal Charter to commemorate the sacrifice of Scots in the Great War, Second World War and subsequent conflicts. The Memorial within Edinburgh Castle houses and displays the Rolls of Honour of Scots servicemen and women from all the Armed Services, the Dominions, Merchant Navy, Women's Services, Nursing Services and civilian casualties of all wars from 1914 to date.

The Battle of the Somme Vigil - 30 June/1 July 2016

Overnight Thursday 30 June/ Friday 1 July 2016, over 700 members of the public visited a Vigil held in the National War Memorial to commemorate the Centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. The Vigil was one of several mounted across the UK and in Thiepval on the Somme in northern France. It was manned by 20 members of the Armed Forces and over 100 members of Service Veterans groups.

The Trustees of the National War Memorial thank all those members of the public who came to visit the Vigil, and the members of Armed Forces and Service Veterans Groups who supported the event.

Photographs of the Vigil are available for viewing in the Gallery section of the website.

Visit to the Memorial by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh - 3 July 2014

The Trustees and staff of the Memorial were honoured in 2014 by a visit from The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, who attended The Annual Service of Commemoration on 3 July 2014. Photographs and a video of this very special occasion are available for viewing in the Gallery section of the website.

Publication of "Scotland's Shrine"

Summer 2014 saw the publication of Professor Duncan Macmillan's book "Scotland's Shrine - The Scottish National War Memorial". The book records the history of the Memorial from concept, to completion in 1927. The book can be bought through all good retailers, Historic Scotland shops and direct from the publisher Lund Humphries.