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Visitors set to be welcomed back to Craigievar Castle


By Kyle Ritchie

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Conservation charity the National Trust for Scotland has confirmed that Craigievar Castle will reopen for visitors on Saturday, June 19, in line with the easing of lockdown rules.

Visitors can once again discover the property said to be the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle, which has been closed since October 2019.

An authentic tour of the castle, with no artificial lighting beyond the ground floor can be experienced, showcasing the collection of historic items and 20th-century ceramics. Within its ancient walls, people will be able to see a combination of cosy interiors and rare antiques.

Craigievar Castle has been in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, the conservation charity that over 90 years has saved, maintained and shared many of the country’s most loved places, since 1963.

Visitor services supervisor for the National Trust for Scotland at Craigievar Castle John Lemon with a cake to mark the trust's 90th anniversary. Picture: Alison White Photography
Visitor services supervisor for the National Trust for Scotland at Craigievar Castle John Lemon with a cake to mark the trust's 90th anniversary. Picture: Alison White Photography

As well as its picturebook castle, the site is a great place to connect with nature. Nestled on a hillside, it boasts two walking routes; the Woodland Trail is perfect for nature sightings of the rare pine marten, and walkers are encouraged to listen out for the songs of the willow warblers and chaffinches; the Hill Trail covers two miles, where walkers can explore the tree-lined avenues and mature woodland on the estate while soaking in the views over the surrounding farmland.

Visitor services supervisor for the National Trust for Scotland at Craigievar Castle John Lemon said: “We know how much people love this place – they enjoy visiting and seeing the castle that looks like it’s come from a fairytale.

"After a long lockdown, we’re really looking forward to welcoming visitors back this month and sharing the treasures from our extensive collection once again.

“All of our properties across Aberdeenshire have been preparing to make visits as safe as possible. Pre-booking is in place at a few of our sites and there are smaller groups for the castle tours.

"We’d highly recommend booking your slot in advance to avoid any disappointment.”

Craigievar Castle, the shop and kiosk for takeaway catering facilities will be open from June 19 until October 31 at the weekends (Saturday and Sunday).

Holiday accommodation is now open, where guests can enjoy a break in one of the cottages with views of the castle and surrounding grounds.

The Trust is urging anyone planning to visit to check the latest opening information at www.nts.org.uk before travelling, as some properties have different opening patterns this summer.

The website also contains information for visitors on the safety measure that will be in place for visits – www.nts.org.uk/stories/what-to-expect-when-visiting-our-places


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