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31 Jul 2020

More of our places are opening again

A gravel path leads through a walled garden towards an urn. Colourful flowerbeds line the path.
Threave Garden
We’re delighted to start welcoming visitors again at dozens of Trust places across the country, as lockdown continues to ease.

From 1 August, we’re opening up some of our historic buildings and visitor centres, including Glencoe visitor centre and Culloden visitor centre. A little later in the month will see the reopening of Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire and the Hill House in Argyll.

We have already reopened around 30 estates and gardens, including Culzean Country Park in Ayrshire, Threave Garden in Dumfries & Galloway, Brodie Castle’s garden and grounds, Arduaine Garden in Argyll and Crathes Castle’s garden and estate in Aberdeenshire.

Our countryside places such as St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve, Ben Lomond and Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve are also open.

Chairman Sir Mark Jones said: ‘We are delighted that we can open up dozens more of our beautiful places once again.

‘Our staff are coming back from furlough, we’ve redesigned the visitor routes at some places and, of course, we are closely following all the advice on safety and hygiene measures, so that everyone can enjoy their trip to the Trust.

‘As we all adapt to the “new normal”, there will be some changes on the ground at properties, and we hope that our members, supporters and visitors will be patient and work with us during this time of transition. We would also please ask visitors to stick to the latest guidance and carefully observe social distancing.

‘We are really looking forward to welcoming our visitors back and we hope that this helps us all emerge back into the light, after being confined for so long.’

We advise people to avoid visiting at traditional peak times, as much as possible, and to double-check opening times online, in advance of travel. Please also check individual property pages to find out if toilet facilities are available.

For more information on some of the changes we may have made at our places, please read our guide to What to expect when visiting our places this summer.

A gravel path leads to a small stone tower with a conical roof. The path is bordered by lush flower beds with purple flowers and irises growing. Trees are in the background and a couple sit on a bench just before the tower.
Crathes Castle Garden

Castles, houses and visitor centres that will reopen from 1 August

(Please check the website for opening hours and be aware that toilet facilities may not be available at all places)


Crathes Castle – due to open mid-August, please check property page for updates

Drum Castle – due to open mid-August, please check property page for updates

Argyll & The Isles

The Hill House – from 13 August (Thursday–Monday, please note there will be limited access to the house)

Ayrshire & Arran

Brodick – Isle Be Wild play park from 30 July (Thursday–Monday)

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum – from 13 August (Thursday–Monday)

Edinburgh and the Lothians

Preston Mill (Thursday–Monday)


Brodie Castle – Playful Garden (Wednesday–Sunday) (castle remains closed for the rest of the year)

Culloden – visitor centre (Wednesday–Sunday)

Glencoe – visitor centre (Wednesday–Sunday)

Glenfinnan Monument – visitor centre (Wednesday–Sunday from 15 July)

Inverewe – Bothy café (Wednesday–Sunday from 17 July)

Moirlanich Longhouse - due to reopen mid-August, please check property page for updates

Scottish Borders

Robert Smail’s Printing Works (Friday–Monday)

Gardens and estates that reopened for access on 6 July

(Please check the website for opening hours and be aware that toilet facilities may not be available at all places)


Castle Fraser – garden & grounds

Craigievar Castle – grounds

Crathes Castle – garden & grounds

Drum Castle – garden & grounds

Fyvie Castle – garden & grounds

Haddo House – garden & grounds

Leith Hall – garden & grounds

Mar Lodge Estate – car parks only

Pitmedden – grounds only (garden reopening spring 2021)


Barry Mill – grounds

House of Dun – garden & grounds


Arduaine Garden (Thursday–Monday)

Crarae Garden (Thursday–Monday)

Geilston Garden (Thursday–Monday)

Ayrshire & Arran

Brodick Country Park – garden & grounds (Thursday–Monday)

Culzean Country Park – garden & grounds (Thursday–Monday)

Dumfries & Galloway

Threave – garden & estate (Thursday–Monday)

Edinburgh and the Lothians

Inveresk Lodge Garden (Monday–Friday)

Malleny Garden


Culross Palace – garden (Thursday–Monday)

Falkland Palace – garden

Kellie Castle – garden & grounds (Thursday–Monday)


Greenbank Garden – garden & grounds (Thursday–Monday)


Brodie Castle – estate and garden

Culloden – battlefield

Inverewe – garden (Wednesday–Sunday) & estate (daily)


Branklyn Garden (3 July)

Scottish Borders

Harmony Garden

Priorwood Garden

Other places that are open

(Please check the website for opening hours and be aware that toilet facilities may not be available at all places)

Ayrshire & Arran


Dumfries & Galloway


Edinburgh and the Lothians

House of the Binns – grounds only

Newhailes – grounds only


Hill of Tarvit – garden & grounds


Balmacara Estate

Corrieshalloch Gorge

Falls of Glomach




West Affric

Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley

Bannockburn – grounds & monuments

Ben Lawers

Ben Lomond

Dollar Glen

The Pineapple


The Hermitage


Linn of Tummel

Scottish Borders

Grey Mare’s Tail

St Abb’s Head NNR

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