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11 August 2021

Dunstaffnage Castle opens to visitors once more

Flora MacDonald castle reopens to visitors

Aerial view of Dunstaffnage Castle

Dunstaffnage Castle has reopened its doors to visitors.

The castle, outside of Oban, which was the stronghold of the MacDougall's has played a key role in Scotland’s past, perhaps most famously being known for where Flora MacDonald was held in 1746 before being sent to the Tower of London for aiding Bonnie Prince Charlie’s escape.

The castle, which is operated by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is now open to visitors as part of a continued rolling programme of reopening of historic sites across the country.

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HES said:

We are pleased to have even more of our sites reopening up and down the country including Dunstaffnage Castle providing visitors with the opportunity to enjoy much loved heritage attractions once again.

“With over 5,000 years of history in our care, we’ve adopted a phased approach to reopening, providing as diverse a mix of attractions as possible, as well as reviewing and implementing the individual reopening requirements of each site, in line with Scottish Government guidance.

“We are now looking forward to welcoming visitors back to even more sites, providing further opportunity to enjoy Scotland’s diverse and globally renowned historic environment.”

All sites will follow the HES minimum operating standards, which were developed to set a benchmark for the safe reopening of historic sites and resumption of operational activities.

To guarantee entry, tickets should be booked online in advance from the HES website and are now on sale. To book and for more information on further HES sites that are open visit www.historyawaits.scot

About Year of Coasts and Waters 2021

The Year of Coasts and Waters (#YCW2021), led by VisitScotland, will be showcased throughout 2021. Activities and ideas will shine a spotlight on the impact our waters have had on Scotland, from the formation of beautiful natural features to the creation of our national drink - whisky.

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES) 

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Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
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