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Access

Special arrangements are currently in place at Aberdour Castle, to comply with Scottish Government guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Safety measures

  • Our staff have been trained in hygiene and social distancing and have been provided with the necessary PPE
  • Signage is on site to guide visitors, including one way systems and marked areas that are currently closed to visitors
  • We have introduced enhanced cleaning measures to make visitors feel comfortable while visiting
  • In line with Scottish Government legislation and guidance, face coverings are mandatory if you are visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites including retail and catering areas (subject to some exceptions)

What will be open during your visit

  • All areas open including dovecot (only the Education Room and café are closed)
  • Toilets
  • Limited parking at the railway station (short walk to site)

Carers tickets

In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry and as advised by Capability Scotland, visitors with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other visitors and entry is charged at the appropriate admission category rate - Adult/Concession/Child. Proof of disability is not required.

We offer free entry for carers accompanying visitors with disabilities. To book a free carer ticket, please email ticketing@hes.scot and quote your order number.

Parking

A small car park next to the visitor centre has accessible spaces. Please call 01383 860 519 to check availability.

Aberdour railway station has a car park for visitor use.

Approach to site

There are two routes to the castle from the station car park. The shorter route is about 150m and involves 25 wooden steps with a handrail. The other route is relatively level and about 500m long.

Dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Aberdour Castle, but are not permitted in roofed areas. 

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

Visitor centre

The reception area has level access.

Monument

The ground floor includes the:

  • stables
  • kitchen
  • store
  • tower house

There are 2 steps down into the kitchen, which has a cobbled floor.

Upper levels, including the hall and apartments are reached via a spiral staircase with a single handrail.

Throughout the castle there are:

  • small steps
  • raised thresholds
  • low level walls

Grounds

The castle has a walled garden with level access. Its paths are a mix of compacted gravel and cobbled surfaces. A border in the walled garden has strongly scented flowers.

Access to the terraced garden, orchard and dovecot is via steps or a steep grass bank. The garden is grass throughout, with no marked paths.

Café and shop

The café has step-free access, with a narrow door (about 1m wide) and a sharp turn at its entrance.

The shop has level access.

Toilets

Nearest adapted toilet is at Aberdour Railway station, about 500m away.

Historic Scotland

Opening times

The castle is now open and we are delighted to welcome you back.

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily except Thurs and Fri, 10am to 4pm

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