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Three Month Threave Double Deal Adds Up To Great Value For Visitors

31 July 2009

Threave Castle is an impressive Medieval island fortress while the nearby Threave House is a great Scottish Baronial mansion set in acres of beautiful gardens.

From now until the end of September visitors can enjoy both on a single money-saving ticket thanks to a special arrangement between Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland.

The house was built in 1872 as a summer home for Liverpool merchant Duncan Gordon.

Its colourful gardens, parkland and a countryside centre created in the stables, make it a delightful spot for a visit.

The estate lands originally reached out towards Threave Island, where the great 13th-century medieval castle built by Archibald ‘the Grim’ Douglas still stands.

The castle was a stronghold of the Black Douglases until it surrendered to James II after a two-month siege in 1455.

Kari Coghill, Historic Scotland acting head of visitor services and business development, said: “The castle and the house are remarkable places to visit and represent very different points in Scottish history.

“Thanks to this special tie-up between Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland, visitors can enjoy both on just one reduced price ticket.

“It’s a chance to contrast the mighty residence of a great medieval lord with the luxury and beauty of a 19th-century country estate.”

The joint ticketing arrangement is part of the contribution to the 2009 Year of Homecoming being made by Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland.

Sheila Innes, National Trust for Scotland Threave property manager, said: “The joint ticket allows visitors the unique opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the entire 1,500-acre estate from the castle and wildfowl reserve in the north, through the farmlands to the house and gardens in the south. It’s an estate of great contrasts and a great day out for all.”

Joint tickets will mean an adult can see the castle, house and gardens for £11.75 (normally £14.70), concessions £8.55 (£10.70), families £34.25 (£42.80) and single parent families £26.10 (£32.60).

To see Threave Castle and the gardens at Threave House will be £8.55 for adults (normal price £10.20), concessions £6.55 (£8.20), families £26.25 (£31.80), single parent families £10.10 (£22.60).

For the purposes of this promotion a family is two adults and up to four children and a single parent family is one adult and up to four children.

Notes for editors:

  • Threave Castle is three miles west of Castle Douglas on the A75. Telephone 07711 223101.

  • Normal ticket prices are £4.20 for adults, £3.20 for concessions and £2.10 for children.

  • Threave Gardens lies just to the south west of Castle Douglas and is signposted off the B736. To find out more visit www.nts.org.uk/Property/61/. Normal ticket prices are house and garden - adult £10.50, family £26, one parent £20, concession £7.50; garden only - adult £6, family £15, one parent £10, concession £5.

  • Historic Scotland has 345 historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For further details visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places

  • Historic Scotland’s Mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations

For further information


Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871
rebecca.hamilton@scotland.gsi.gov.uk