News and 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. Find out more about our annual events here.

Remember that you are most welcome to visit the Memorial at any time during normal castle opening hours.

Archive of events

The SNWM host remembrance events throughout the year.

Battle of Arras Commemoration 9 April 2017

The 100th anniversary of the commencement of the Battle of Arras, was commemorated at a service in the Memorial on Sunday 9 April 2017.

Memorial Annual Service 2016

The Trustees and Staff of the Memorial were honoured by a visit in July 2016 by HRH The Princess Royal who attended the Memorial's Annual Service. The Service was made particularly poignant by the laying up of a battle ensign that had been attached to the wreck of HMS Royal Oak.

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

At 0730hrs on 1 July 1916 the whistles blew and the pipes played ordering men to climb out of their trenches and cross "no-mans" land towards the German positions. So began the Battle of the Somme.

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

Summer 2014 was an especially busy time for the Trustees and staff of the Memorial, as the Centenary of the outbreak of World War One approached. The highlight of the period was the visit to the Memorial, on 3 July 2014, of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, who attended the Annual Service during which the Colours of The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland were laid up. After a Reception held in The Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle, the Queen opened a Memorial Garden. Photographs and a video of this very special occasion are available for viewing below.

Publication of "Scotland's Shrine"

Summer 2014 saw the publication of Professor Duncan Macmillan's book "Scotland's Shrine - The Scottish National War Memorial".