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9 Jun 2020

Our plans for reopening properties

A road leads towards the coast beside cliffs. The sea is bright blue and white clouds float across the blue sky.
Trust properties have been closed since March due to the coronavirus emergency. We’re sharing plans for reopening over the coming weeks and months, in line with Scottish Government guidance.

As lockdown begins to ease across Scotland, the Trust is sharing plans for a phased reopening of properties, in line with the Scottish Government’s ‘route map’ out of lockdown.

Barriers are already being lifted at some key countryside properties, such as Corrieshalloch Gorge and Ben Lawers, for local access (within 5 miles). 

We expect that access to other types of properties and travel from further afield will be possible under Stage 3 of the route map.

Staff are planning for this now, making sure processes are in place to ensure people’s safety and to uphold social distancing, particularly in enclosed grounds and gardens. These may reopen in late June or early July, with some built heritage properties following in mid-August.

Due to the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on our charity, we’re phasing the reopening of our places over the coming months with around half due to open again later this year, more in spring 2021, and a few remaining closed until 2022.

Countryside properties reopening imminently:

(local access only until Stage 3 of Scottish Government route map)

  • Balmacara Estate (visitor centres remain closed)
  • Ben Lawers
  • Ben Lomond
  • Corrieshalloch Gorge
  • Dollar Glen
  • Falls of Glomach
  • Goatfell
  • Grey Mare’s Tail
  • The Hermitage
  • Killiecrankie
  • Kintail
  • Linn of Tummel
  • The Pineapple
  • Rockcliffe
  • St Abb’s Head (car park will reopen by 12 June; toilets and visitor centre remain closed)
  • Torridon (visitor centre remains closed)
  • West Affric

Please note that the following is still subject to formal consultation:

Properties proposed to reopen in 2020:

(gardens and grounds possibly by July; some historic buildings and visitor centres possibly from mid-August)

  • Arduaine Garden
  • Balmerino Abbey
  • Boath Doocot
  • Branklyn Garden
  • Brodick Country Park
  • Brodie Castle
  • Burg
  • Crarae Garden
  • Crathes Castle
  • Culloden
  • Culross
  • Culzean Country Park
  • Drum Castle
  • Dunkeld
  • Fair Isle
  • Geilston Garden
  • Glencoe
  • Glenfinnan
  • Greenbank Garden
  • The Hill House
  • Inveresk Lodge Garden
  • Inverewe
  • Iona
  • Malleny Garden
  • Mar Lodge Estate
  • Mingulay, Berneray & Pabbay
  • Moirlanich Longhouse
  • Preston Mill
  • Priorwood Garden
  • Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
  • Robert Smail’s Printing Works
  • St Kilda
  • Staffa
  • Threave Garden
  • Unst & Yell


Properties proposed to stay closed until season 2021/2022:

(some gardens and grounds possibly reopening July 2020)

  • Abertarff House
  • Alloa Tower
  • Bachelors’ Club
  • Barry Mill
  • Brodick Castle
  • Broughton House
  • Castle Fraser
  • Craigievar Castle
  • Culzean Castle
  • Falkland Palace
  • Fyvie Castle
  • The Georgian House
  • Gladstone’s Land
  • Haddo House
  • House of Dun
  • Hugh Miller’s Cottage
  • J M Barrie’s Birthplace
  • Kellie Castle
  • Newhailes
  • Pitmedden Garden
  • Pollok House
  • The Tenement House
  • Thomas Carlyle’s Birthplace
  • Weaver’s Cottage

Properties proposed to stay closed until season 2022/2023:

(some gardens and grounds to reopen July 2020)

  • Bannockburn (visitor centre)
  • Hill of Tarvit (grounds open June 2020)
  • Holmwood
  • House of the Binns (grounds open June 2020)
  • Leith Hall
  • Souter Johnnie’s Cottage

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