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Access

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

Safety measures:

  • Our staff have been trained in hygiene and physical 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 external spaces
  • First floor can be viewed from the second, one-way system in place
  • Car park available for those that have booked tickets
  • Shop
  • Accessible toilet

What will remain closed during your visit

  • The first floor (can be viewed from second floor)
  • Top of the tower
  • Viewing gallery
  • Basement and pit prison

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 recognise that some disabled visitors may need help to visit our sites and we offer free entry for accompanying carers, these can be added when making your booking. Please note this is limited to two carers per transaction.

Parking

The level tarmac car park next to the site entrance has accessible bays. A larger car park is across the road opposite the visitor centre.

Approach to site

The main entrance door has a ramp 8m long with a gradient of 1:12 leading up to it. The ticket office then has step-free access.

Dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within 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.

Visitors' dogs are not permitted at Huntly Castle.

Visiting the site

Visitors will follow a one-way route through the castle, and access to some spaces may be limited. Face coverings should be worn in internal spaces. Visitors can explore the grounds freely.

  • The outer buildings are all at ground level, though there are some steps, ramps, gravel and cobble surfaces
  • The main door has a metal handrail, and opens onto stairs leading to the kitchen. The basement and pit prison will not be open at this time
  • There are 13 large wide steps, with metal handrail, from the main castle entrance to the ground floor
  • 26 stone steps with metal handrail lead to the first floor; and 33 wooden steps with a handrail lead to the second floor. The first floor will not be open to the public, but these spaces can be viewed from above, looking down from the second floor
  • The top of the tower is not be accessible

Toilets

There is an adapted toilet near the castle, along a gravel path

Historic Scotland

Opening times

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

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 10am to 4pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily except Thur and Fri, 10am to 4pm

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