Celebrate Robert the Bruce with us in North Carrick!

Robert the Bruce led Scotland during the First War of Scottish Independence. He fought successfully during his reign to regain Scotland's place as an independent kingdom and is now revered in Scotland as a national hero. The 750th anniversary of his birth will be on 11 July 2024 and should be a cause of national celebration.

Although there are people who doubt it, we are confident that Robert the Bruce was born at his mother’s estate, Turnberry Castle located in here in North Carrick, South Ayrshire.

Robert the Bruce also held the title of the Earl of Carrick from 1292 until 1306 when he was crowned King, the current Earl of Carrick is Prince William.

The North Carrick Community Benefit Company (NCCBC) are celebrating the great King with a day full of medieval magic in Maybole, South Ayrshire on the 13th July 2024. 

With demonstrations and jousting by History Matters ltd, live entertainment by Clann An Drumma, and so much more, there's something for everyone!

So why not bring the whole family to Maybole and join us in celebrating Robert the Bruce like royalty. 

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Bruce Festival

Join us for a lively celebration honoring the legendary Robert the Bruce! Enjoy thrilling jousting, captivating history demonstrations, and engaging activities for all ages while you learn about the incredible history that North Carrick has to offer. Immerse yourself in Scotland's rich heritage and pay homage to one of its greatest heroes. Don't miss this unforgettable tribute to Robert the Bruce! To stay up to date with everything Bruce Festival follow us on social media!

  • Date: 13/07/2024 12:00 PM - 13/07/2024 05:00 PM
  • Location: Glebe Park, Maybole, UK (Map)

Saturday 15th July saw Maybole’s Glebe Park host the first Robert the Bruce Heritage Day.
This July is 749 years since Robert the Bruce was born in nearby Turnberry, and Maybole celebrated in style!
The glebe was transformed for the day, with a medieval tented village with lots of local businesses and community groups with amazing produce and activities – including crafts with Girlguiding Ayrshire South and CRAG Community Arts, traditional weaving workshop, and countless stalls with sweet treats and homemade gifts! Local charities enjoyed a lovely day networking and fundraising!
There was an arena where the fantastic living historians from History Matters Ltd entertained families all day with interactive history demonstrations! King of Scots Robert the Bruce himself even joined us for the day and was delighted to share the winners of the event’s Art Competition! Later in the afternoon, Owl-Magic also thrilled the audience flying their stunning birds of prey.
North Carrick Community Benefit Company had plenty of information about Bruce’s time in the area, and a very special guest – a specialist medieval calligrapher who made beautiful bookmarks for visitors!
Further up the field was the music stage which hosted live music from tribal drummers Clann An Drumma, local musicians Glen Park Ceilidh band, and stunning vocals from Shannon Sockell Bryden, as well as incredible performances from Aileen Robertson School of Highland Dancing and local magician Fabulous Fraser!
The team would like to thank North Carrick Community Benefit Company - who made the event possible with funding, but also through recruiting the Events Development team who brought you the event! The team is made up of passionate local people who are really enjoying working to bring the community together to celebrate our rich heritage, grow the local tourism economy and provide fun family events for South Ayrshire residents!
Thanks also go to the event’s other funders and supporters - including Maybole Regeneration, the Scottish Government and Destination South Ayrshire.
In the evening, NCCBC and Thriving Communities hosted a DJ night on the big stage for local young people – which they named ‘Gaff at the Glebe’! -  a great night was had by all.
Next year the team aspire to bring an even better event to Maybole to mark 750 years since the birth of King Robert the Bruce, in North Carrick. Make sure to follow the below and you won’t miss any of the next exciting events!
@Bruce750 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
If you would like to get involved as a volunteer at future events please let the team know via email – hello@bruce750.scot.

We would like to say THANK YOU to all of our supporters, we couldn't do it without you!


The North Carrick Community Benefit Company have contracted a team to deliver the Bruce750 Project and are so excited to see the plans develop! ‘NCCBC’ is a funder and development organisation made possible by Scottish Power Renewables, which is focused on improving the area of Maybole and North Carrick! You can find out more about NCCBC’s activities via their website

The Scottish Government

The Scottish Government support is part of a broader project funded by the Strengthening Communities Programme to build the capacity of “North Carrick 2030”, the planned new Development Trust for North Carrick


Northcarrick.com was set up by the NCCBC. The key aims of the project are to connect businesses with each other to encourage sharing of resources, provide a modern and attractive advertising platform for businesses to promote and sell their services, and support businesses to expand and grow through tourism and shopping local.

Destination South Ayrshire

Destination South Ayrshire Tourism and Events funding supports organisations to deliver events and projects which contribute to SAC tourism and events priorities.

Maybole Regeneration Project

The Maybole Regeneration Project is a unique partnership between Maybole Community Council and South Ayrshire Council. The project is focused on delivering five projects which will make the town an even better place to live, work, visit and do business

Ayrshire Rural and Island Ambition Fund

The Ayrshire Rural and Islands Ambition (ARIA) Fund is part of the Scottish Government's Community Led Local Development (CLLD) programme.

  • Maybole, North Carrick, Scotland, UK