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Some of Scotland's most famous historic sites to re-open

22 March 2013

Some of Scotland’s most famous historic sites are set to re-open next weekend (29th March).

A number of Historic Scotland sites are closed during the winter months however they open annually each spring to welcome visitors from around the world.

The 28 sites across Scotland that are re-opening range from the magnificent Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse settlement on Shetland to the majestic Stanley Mills in Perthshire which tells the story of Scotland’s industrial past.

There are also lots of great options to explore in the Year of Natural Scotland that illustrate the link between the natural and historic world.

Why not take a trip to Loch Leven Castle, situated in an island on Loch Leven and reached by a boat from Kinross.  It was in the 14th century tower that Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1567 and later forced to abdicate before her dramatic escape a year later.

The loch is also home to up to 20,000 pink footed geese, which regularly winter on the loch, whilst white tailed eagle sightings and ospreys can also be spotted.

Or visit the magnificent Inchmahome Priory in the Lake of Menteith. The Priory, which dates from 1238 was an Augustinian Monastery and much of the 13th century church remains. Rich in wildlife, the woodlands are carpeted in wildflowers and the lake is visited by waterfowl, including herons and great crested grebes.

Susan Loch,  Head of Visitor Operations and Community Engagement at Historic Scotland, who run the site said;

“We are working hard to get the sites ready to welcome visitors.

“Spring is a great time to enjoy the sites, particularly in this the Year of Natural Scotland, and we have lots of great things going on across our estate of properties this year from nature events to costumed performances to keep visitors entertained.”

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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.

Historic Scotland around the web:

  • 2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland, inspiring our people and our visitors to celebrate Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty, landscapes and biodiversity as Scotland prepares to welcome the world in 2014 and beyond. Find out more about Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty at

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For further information

Iona Matheson
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858