Aberdeenshire Trust properties readying to reopen

Conservation charity the National Trust for Scotland has confirmed that most of its countryside, estates and gardens across Aberdeenshire will be open for local visitors from April 2, in line with the easing of lockdown rules.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 6:00 am
Local visitors are being welcomed back to Aberdeenshire's historic properties (Photos: © National Trust for Scotland)

Many outdoor locations, like Mar Lodge Estate have been accessible for exercise all through the winter and the grounds of some of Scotland’s most loved castles have also remained open, including Castle Fraser, Craigievar Castle, Crathes Castle, Drum Castle and Fyvie Castle.

Set to open on April 2 are the catering take away outlets and play parks at Drum Castle, Crathes Castle and Haddo House.

The charity has also shared plans for opening built heritage, which includes Aberdeenshire’s castles and houses, from April 30 onwards, providing Scotland continues to progress out of lockdown as planned.

Chief Executive Philip Long OBE said: “Everyone at the Trust is looking forward to welcoming our visitors back to the beautiful places we protect. Across Aberdeenshire, our teams are hard at work preparing for reopening and giving everyone a warm, and of course, safe welcome.

“Our charity is very grateful to the Scottish Government, our members and donors whose support and generosity means we can re-open more properties than we’d thought would have been possible this year.”

The Trust is urging anyone planning to visit to check the latest opening information at www.nts.org.uk

The website also contains information for visitors on the safety measure that will be in place for visits , as well as sharing its top tips for visiting responsibly.