Edzell Castle is one of 30 Historic Scotland properties set to re-open its doors to the public today (Wednesday).
The castle was built as a statement of the prestige of its owners, the Lindsays. The castle is perhaps best known for its stylised walled garden which was created around 1604. Adorned with heraldic sculptures and carved panels, the architectural framework surrounding the garden is unique in Britain.
Across the country, Historic Scotland’s seasonal staff are back at their posts and ready to welcome visitors, from Kisimul Castle in the Western Isles, known as the ‘Castle on the Sea’, to Smailholm Tower in the Borders.
Susan Loch, Head of Visitor Operations and Community Engagement at Historic Scotland said: “Our seasonal sites include castles, abbeys, churches and museums and it’s always exciting when they reopen after the long winter months.
“With longer days and warmer weather, spring is the perfect time to explore properties such as Edzell Castle and take advantage of the truly stunning sites we have across Scotland.
“No matter where you are in Scotland, history is never too far away.”
Other properties reopening include:
Lochleven Castle, near Kinross, where Mary Queen of Scots had the most traumatic year of her life – imprisoned and forced to abdicate, she managed to escape after a year of being held there.
Cambuskenneth Abbey, near Stirling, where Robert the Bruce held his parliament, now accessed across a field (watch out for roaming cattle).
Kinnaird Head Castle Lighthouse and Museum, Fraserburgh, which is still in working order and offers a challenging climb.
For further information on opening hours, access and locations, visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk