Historic visitor attractions across Scotland will reopen in August. Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced twelve sites that will open this month following the reopening of Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle and Urquhart Castle. Safety measures have been put in place at all the locations.
HES Chief executive Alex Paterson said: “We hope the reopening of these iconic sites will help to further demonstrate that Scotland’s tourism industry is open for business. We thank everyone who has already helped kick start the tourism industry by visiting Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart castles since they reopened at the beginning of this month.”
The list of attractions set to open is:
17 August – Blackness Castle
19 August – Inchcolm Abbey, Huntly Castle and Melrose Abbey
21 August – Elgin Cathedral and Caerlaverock Castle
26 August – Doune Castle, Dunstaffnage Castle and Linlithgow Palace
28 August – Skara Brae, Tantallon Castle and Glasgow Cathedral.
The new safety measures mean cash payments are no longer accepted and visitors being asked to make contactless payments. One-way systems will be in place in some locations, and some indoor areas may be closed. Visitors can enjoy access to outdoor spaces including historic courtyards, as well as some indoor areas which will be capacity limited such as the Commendator’s House at Melrose Abbey and the Mid Tower at Blackness Castle. Tickets must also be booked online in advance. Visitors will be asked to wear face coverings when entering any retail shops, cafes and internal enclosed spaces at sites, in line with Scottish Government guidance.