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23 Jun 2020

Gardens and grounds open 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 gardens and estates across the country, as lockdown continues to ease.

We have 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

Selected castles, houses and visitor centres are scheduled to open in August. Please see our Plans for reopening story for more details.

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

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

Crarae Garden

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 (will reopen on 15 July due to essential maintenance work)


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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