Scotland lights up red for Scottish Poppy Appeal

This weekend, all across the country, more than 150 Scottish landmarks will be glowing red in support of the Scottish Poppy Appeal and to commemorate of the Centenary of the end of the First World War. Buildings large and small, from the globally iconic to the locally loved, will ‘Light Up Red’ for Poppyscotland in a collective display of thanks to the generation that gave so much.

Poppyscotland’s campaign has gained huge momentum this year with an incredible 150 locations lighting up across Scotland. Twenty churches, ten castles, seven war memorials, six clocks, five universities, four cathedrals, three lighthouses, two theatres and a phone box are amongst the venues to be lighting up red.

Members of the public are being encouraged to take pictures of their local landmarks lit red and to then share them on social media, tagging @Poppyscotland and using the hashtags #LightUpRed #ThankYou100 and #ScottishPoppyAppeal.

Gordon Michie, Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “We wanted to broaden the reach of our Light Up Red campaign in this momentous year as a tribute to those who sacrificed so much during the First World War and to shine a light on those who continue to need Poppyscotland’s vital, life-changing support today.”

Mr Michie added: “We owe a huge thanks to everyone who has helped make this happen and we are delighted that Scotland has done so much to be part of the campaign. The impact of the First World War touched every corner of our country, so it is only fitting that our Light Up Red campaign does the same. We hope this will inspire people to dig even deeper for this year’s Scottish Poppy Appeal.”

The majority of buildings will be lighting up for the full week up to, and including, Armistice Day on 11th November. For the full list of locations across Scotland, and an interactive map that shows more detail on timings, please visit the website here.

© Sandy young Photography 07970 268944 The Halfway House, Turnberry Lighthouse lit up red with a poppy for Remembrance Day E: W:

© Sandy young Photography 07970 268944
The Halfway House, Turnberry Lighthouse lit up red with a poppy for Remembrance Day

Notes to editors
• For further information please contact Poppyscotland PR & Marketing Coordinator Jude Smart at

• Please see attached spreadsheet for the full list of 150 locations taking part in the campaign. Let us know if you want any specific images.

Poppyscotland provides life-changing support to the Armed Forces community. Money raised from the Scottish Poppy Appeal and Poppyscotland’s year-round fundraising enables them to deliver support to members of the Armed Forces community in Scotland by providing tailored funding and assistance. The charity also funds services in advice, employment, housing, mental health, mobility and respite.

Please note that we are known as “Poppyscotland”, and not “PoppyScotland” or “Poppy Scotland”. For more information, please visit us here.

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