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Gala Opening, McIlvanney Prize [SOLD OUT] and Torchlight Procession

Friday 20th September from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm BST


Who will be crowned winner of the McIlvanney Prize for 2019 as author of the best Scottish crime novel of the year? Join us for a gala occasion in the historic church where James VI was crowned king of Scotland in 1567 to find out.

It was here that Mary Queen of Scots worshipped, and John Knox preached. And here that you can mingle with authors and fellow readers and toast our winner with Bloody Scotland cocktails as created by our sponsor Stirling Gin. Then it’s time to collect your flaming torch for our, now trademark, procession from the esplanade of Stirling Castle through the historic old town to the Albert Halls. The procession of authors and readers will be led by David Baldacci, resplendent in kilt, alongside the McIlvanney Prize winner.


You and your family can participate in the torchlight procession too! Tickets are £10 per adult (18 and over) or £8 for Stirling residents. One adult ticket allows three children to accompany the adult torchlight holder. Please arrive at the castle esplanade from 6.45pm for a safety briefing and to receive your torch. Procession departs Stirling Castle Esplanade at approximately 7.45pm. Event ends at approximately 8.10pm in front of the gates at the Albert Halls, Corn Exchange Road.

Gala Opening, McIlvanney Prize and Torchlight Procession sponsored by the Faculty of Advocates.


Fine Print

Torchlight Procession is not recommended for under-5s and buggies are not allowed. Torchlight Procession is an outdoor event using wax-based torches, please dress appropriately. Torchlight Procession is an incredibly safe event but we need participants to help maintain this. Please follow all safety instructions when carrying torches in this event. Torches are wax based (like a big candle), safety guards are supplied to protect carrier’s hands from dripping wax. Please note, when windy the wax from the torches can be blown onto clothing. Whilst easily removable (top tip – an iron and brown paper) please dress appropriately and do not carry torches if wearing delicate fabrics. Spectators to the event are welcome but please DO NOT join the procession en-route or stand in front of the procession to take photographs. Please book early to avoid disappointment as tickets are limited for this event. Full set of terms and conditions can be found at: www.bloodyscotland.com/torch


Friday 20th September
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Church of the Holy Rude
St John Sreet
Stirling, FK8 1ED United Kingdom
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