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Start of Season

Start of Season

Our plans for restarting Scotland’s tourism, while protecting our places, people and communities

A blue sign showing people separated by a unicorn and the words "One unicorn between us", standing in front of Edinburgh Castle

We’re delighted to open the doors and drawbridges once more and welcome you back to Scotland’s historic sites as the season starts. 

Following the First Minister’s welcome announcement that COVID-19 restrictions are expected to relax with the arrival of spring, we can now announce that 26 of our staffed sites and hundreds of open air, free-to-access sites will be ready for you to visit again from Friday 30 April. 

All visits must be booked in advance, sign up to our newsletter to hear when you can book your tickets.  

We look forward to seeing you! 

A man stands in front of Tantallon Castle, smiling, as he holds a blue board which reads "Welcome"

Our reopening plans

We'll be opening over 250 of our sites in phases over the coming months.

Read our press release

Plan a spring visit  

Between now and the end of April, our teams are working hard behind the scenes to get everything ready for your visits to Scotland’s iconic sites. 

On Friday 30 April, you can book tickets to visit:

Aberdour Castle Fort George
Blackness Castle Glasgow Cathedral
Caerlaverock Castle Huntly Castle
Craigmillar Castle Jedburgh Abbey
Dirleton Castle Linlithgow Palace
Doune Castle Melrose Abbey
Dryburgh Abbey Skara Brae
Dunblane Cathedral St Andrews Castle
Dundonald Castle St Andrews Cathedral
Dunfermline Abbey Nave Stirling Castle
Edinburgh Castle Tantallon Castle
Elgin Cathedral Urquhart Castle

Tickets must be booked in advance. 

We’ll be closely monitoring Scottish Government plans and considering the circumstances in each local area. If anything changes after you’ve booked tickets, we’ll automatically cancel and refund bookings within 30 days – there's no need to contact us.  

Please always check the Scottish Government's latest advice before you travel. 

Urquhart Castle beside the water on a sunny evening

Book in advance

Tickets will be ready to book soon – sign up to our newsletter to hear the news.

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Protecting places, people and communities 

Our top priority remains the health, safety and security of all of our visitors, staff and volunteers.  

We have safety measures in place including:  

  • social distancing 
  • contactless payment where possible 
  • one-way systems in some locations 

Some areas of sites, such as indoor spaces, will be closed. Visitor numbers will be limited for safety reasons. 

In front of a ruined abbey, a man cleans a sign which reads: "Four mitres between us"

Our operating standards

We review and assess every site before safely reopening them.

Read our Policy and Guidance.

Supporting the sector  

Beyond the places that we care for, we are also working closely with the historic environment sector to develop a long term vision and better understand the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

We are part of the COVID-19 Historic Environment Resilience Forum, a collaborative space for partners in Scotland’s historic environment sector to support Scotland’s national recovery 

We are also compiling reliable and comprehensive data on how all parts of the historic environment sector in Scotland have been affected, while having facilitated £2.6 million fund to support the recovery of Scotland’s historic environment sector from the impacts of COVID-19. 

Dumbarton Castle on a sunny day

Thank you

We are enormously grateful for the support of our Members throughout this difficult year.

Thank you

Socially distant but never disconnected 

We know not everyone is able to make it back to our sites just yet.

Until then, please explore our online exhibitionsdigital events and social media accounts, including FacebookTwitter and Instagram 

With staff working from home where possible and appropriate, many of our business functions continue to operate as normal. We have limited access to our offices to collect mail, so please contact us by phone or email where possible. 

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support.