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Culzean Castle & Country Park in the snow. To the right of the photo, the east face of the castle is lit by the sun. In the foreground snow covers the flat lawns of the Fountain Court, surrounded by snow-covered palm trees and benches.
Winter need not be the stay-at-home season. Make the most of the shorter days – here’s our helpful guide to what’s open this winter. And remember ... our beautiful countryside places are open every day, all year round.

Edinburgh & East

Newhailes House & Gardens on a sunny winter’s day. The house stands in the centre of the image with snow covering the roof. In the foreground are the smooth, snow-covered lawns. Large stones marking the edge of the driveway are just visible.
Newhailes House & Gardens

Newhailes House & Gardens

CAFÉ & SHOP: daily, 10.00–17.00 (closed 25 Dec & 1 Jan)

WEEHAILES PLAYPARK: daily, 10.00–17.00 (closed 25 Dec & 1 Jan)

ESTATE: daily, sunrise–sunset

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Gladstone’s Land  

SHOP: daily, 10.00–17.00 (closed 24–26 Dec)

HOUSE: by guided tour only; please call 0131 226 5856 to book

Explore Gladstone’s Land

Inveresk Lodge Garden

GARDEN: daily, 10.00–17.00

Explore Inveresk Lodge Garden

Malleny Garden

GARDEN: daily, 10.00–17.00

Explore Malleny Garden

St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve

SITE: daily

Explore St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve

Glasgow & West

Pollok House from the east. The hedges of the parterre garden are covered with snow.
Pollok House

Pollok House

HOUSE, TEAROOM & SHOP: daily, 10.00–17.00 (closed 25, 26, 31 Dec & 1, 2 Jan)


Explore Pollok House

Greenbank Garden

GARDEN: Thu–Sun, 11.00–15.30 (closed 25 & 26 Dec)

CAFÉ: Thu–Sun, 11.00–15.30 (closed 25, 26 Dec & 1 Jan–Mar)

Explore Greenbank Garden

Culzean Castle & Country Park

HOME FARM, SHOP & RESTAURANT: Wed–Sun, 10.30–16.00

ADVENTURE COVE & WILD WOODLAND PLAYPARKS: daily, 10.00–16.00 (closed 25, 26 Dec & 1 Jan)

COUNTRY PARK: daily, sunrise–sunset

AVIARY: Sat–Sun, 10.30–15.00

Explore Culzean Castle & Country Park

Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park

GARDEN & COUNTRY PARK: daily, sunrise–sunset

Explore Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park


SITE: daily

Explore Goatfell

Arduaine Garden

GARDEN: daily, 9.30–sunset

Explore Arduaine Garden

Crarae Garden

GARDEN: daily, 9.30–sunset (closed 24 Dec–3 Jan)

Explore Crarae Garden


Crathes Castle in winter. The castle is in the background with the roof covered in snow. The yew hedges are in the foreground, covered with a thick layer of snow. as are the garden walls and flowerbeds.
Crathes Castle

Crathes Castle

CASTLE & WILD WOOD PLAYPARK: Sat & Sun, 11.00–15.30 (closed 24–26 Dec)

GARDEN & SHOP: Nov–Dec, Thu–Sun, 11.00–16.00 (closed 24–26 Dec);
Jan–Mar, Sat & Sun, 11.00–16.00

CAFÉ: Nov–Dec, daily, 11.00–16.00 (closed 24–26 Dec);
Jan, Sat & Sun, 11.00–16.00

Explore Crathes Castle

Castle Fraser

CASTLE & SHOP: Sat & Sun, 11.00–14.00 (closed 17 Dec–31 Mar)

Explore Castle Fraser

Drum Castle

CASTLE, SHOP & TEAROOM: Sat & Sun, 10.30–16.00 (closed 24 Dec–5 Jan)

Explore Drum Castle

Haddo House

HOUSE, SHOP & TEAROOM: Fri–Mon, 11.30–16.00 (closed 17 Dec–11 Jan)

HOUSE TOURS: Fri & Mon, 12.00 & 14.00; Sat & Sun, 11.30, 13.30 & 15.30

Explore Haddo House


Glencoe in winter. Buachaille Etive Beag, covered in snow, dominates the image with snow-covered moorland and frozen lochans to the foreground. The sky is a deep blue.


SITE: daily

VISITOR CENTRE: daily, 10.00–16.00 (closed 24–26 Dec and 31 Dec–2 Jan)

Explore Glencoe


MONUMENT & VISITOR CENTRE: daily, 10.00–16.00 (closed 24–26 Dec and 31 Dec–1 Jan)

Explore Glenfinnan



VISITOR CENTRE: daily, 10.00–16.00 (closed 24–26 Dec; 10.00–14.00 31 Dec)

Explore Culloden

Brodie Castle

CASTLE & PLAYFUL GARDEN: daily, 10.00–16.00

Explore Brodie Castle


GARDEN: daily (closed 24 Dec–1 Jan)

Explore Inverewe

Corrieshalloch Gorge

SITE: daily

Explore Corrieshalloch Gorge

Fife & Perthshire

The Hermitage in winter. Ossian’s Folly stands just to the right of centre, covered in snow and surrounded by snow-laden trees. A foaming waterfall surges over snow-covered rocks in the foreground.
The Hermitage

The Hermitage

SITE: daily

Explore The Hermitage


SITE: daily

Explore Killiecrankie

Hill of Tarvit Mansion & Garden


Explore Hill of Tarvit Mansion & Garden

Kellie Castle


Explore Kellie Castle

Dumfries & Galloway

Threave Garden in the snow. Threave House is the centre of the image but is almost hidden by the tall, snow-laden trees. Shadows from the trees fall across the snowy ground. The sky is a bright blue.
Threave Garden

Threave Garden & Estate

GARDEN & VISITOR CENTRE: daily, 10.00–16.00 (closed 24 Dec–31 Mar 2019)


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Broughton House & Garden

HOUSE & GARDEN: weekend afternoons in December

Explore Broughton House & Garden

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