Annual events

Each year a number of events are held at the Scottish National War Memorial. Many of these are organised in co-operation with Veterans' Associations. The Memorial is small, but there are usually some seats available to members of the public and if you would like to enquire about the availability of these seats, or if you would like to discuss or arrange a special tribute, please contact the Secretary to the Memorial.

Anzac/Gallipoli Day Service

The Anzac/Gallipoli Day Service is held at the Memorial on or about the 25th of April each year. This service commemorates the Allied landings on the Gallipoli Peninsular in the Eastern Mediterranean on 25th April 1915.

Fighting strong opposition from the Turkish forces and in the face of heavy losses, the Allied force was withdrawn during the night of the 8th/9th January 1916. Australian, New Zealand and British forces were involved.

The British Forces included the Royal Navy, The Royal Scots, The Royal Scots Fusiliers, The King's Own Scottish Borderers, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), The Highland Light Infantry, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, The Ayrshire Yeomanry, The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, The Lanarkshire Yeomanry, The Lovat Scouts Yeomanry and The Scottish Horse.

The Service is organised by The Royal British Legion Scotland and members of the public are welcome to attend provided that they remain for the whole of the duration of the ceremony, having obtained a ticket available only on the morning of the service.

The Annual Service of Commemoration

This service is held on the Wednesday following the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (in late May or early June). Admission is by invitation and a small number of seats may be available to the general public. Please contact the Secretary to the Memorial for information.

The Garrison Armistice Day Service

The Military Garrison at Edinburgh Castle holds an Armistice Day Service each year on 11th November. Access to members of the public is limited.

Castle Family Church Services

Sunday worship is held approximately three times a year in the War Memorial for those people who work in the castle. The Memorial is closed to visitors until approximately 1pm on these occasions.