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Some of Scotland’s top historic sites to re-open their doors for Spring

24 March 2014

Some of the country’s best-loved historic attractions are set to re-open on 1 April after being closed for the winter months.

33 of Historic Scotland’s properties close over the winter period, before welcoming visitors once again when they re-opens on 1 April. These include castles, abbeys, mills and churches. Sites range from the imposing Kisimul Castle on Barra to Hermitage Castle in Liddesdale, Crossraguel Abbey in Ayrshire and Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement on Shetland.

Susan Loch,  Head of Visitor Operations and Community Engagement at Historic Scotland, which runs the site said; “Staff are getting ready to welcome visitors from around the world to our seasonal sites once again. Spring is a lovely time of year to visit one of our properties, and a number of our properties around the country over winter before re-opening to the public in time for the Easter weekend.

“This year we’ve got lots of exciting things planned for visitors across our properties, from costumed performances to events to mark the Year of Homecoming 2014.”

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Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • Scotland welcomes the world in the Year of Homecoming 2014 providing a year-long programme of events alongside the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games. The Year of Homecoming Scotland will run until 31 December 2014 throughout the length and breadth of the country. Visitors from around the world are invited to join in a celebration of the nation’s food and drink, active pursuits, cultural heritage, nature and ancestral heritage. Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a Scottish Government initiative being led by EventScotland and VisitScotland, supported by numerous partners. To find out more visit

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Alice Wyllie
Communications and Media Officer
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