2014 is set to be an exciting year for Scotland. The Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow and the 40th Ryder Cup will take place at historic Gleneagles in September. It is also the year of the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn which was a significant Scottish victory in the Wars of Scottish Independence between the historic Kingdom of Scotland and the Kingdom of England.

To make way for a brand new visitor center to mark the 700th anniversary celebrations, the 50-year-old Bannockburn Heritage Center closed to the public at the end of October. The National Trust for Scotland is teaming up with Historic Scotland to create brand new and exciting visitor facilities, due to open in 2014.

Robert the Bruce Statue Bannockburn Stirling Sunset Scotland

Iconic statue of Robert the Bruce at sunset.

The old visitor center was built in the 1960s and is one of many roadside tourist information centers that were built across Scotland to act as gateways to Scotland’s heritage. The center was well known for its interesting design and the Trust plans to produce a short publication about the importance of the old attraction in Scotland’s architectural history.

Work has already commenced on the construction of the new visitor center. The steel frame of the building has been completed and the impressive scale of the building is very apparent. In addition, work has commenced to enhance and restore some of the existing historic monuments at the Bannockburn site in an effort to return them to their original glory in time for the new center opening.

The Trust has also ensured that those who want to visit Bannockburn will not miss out in the interim, and a temporary exhibition space has been constructed. David McAllister, Project Director at the National Trust for Scotland explained: “The temporary exhibition will act as the key point for information on the Battle of Bannockburn project including the historic monuments at the Borestone site. It is not designed to be representative of what to expect in 2014, but to evoke the spirit of the project to heighten the sense of anticipation.

“With building, landscaping and conservation work all underway and at such a fast pace, visiting Bannockburn before the new visitor experience opens to the public in Spring 2014 will certainly provide an exciting taste of what’s to come.”

Lots more information about the joint efforts by the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland to create a new heritage center at Bannockburn can be found on the project’s website.

You can help support the creation of the new center at Bannockburn, along with many other important projects by donating online or buying a National Trust for Scotland membership. Membership allows you free access to over 100 historic properties in Scotland, and countless others throughout the world.