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The wait is finally over, Historic Environment Scotland is ready to welcome visitors to Edinburgh Castle from Saturday 1 August.

Tickets for visits from 1-14 August are now available to book for Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles. To keep everyone safe and so everyone can enjoy their visit, bookable time slots have been introduced and visitor numbers will be limited.

Because of these measures, the venues request that all visitors book their tickets in advance.

Some changes you can expect to see when visiting include one-way systems to maintain physical distancing and some areas of the Castle, such as enclosed spaces may be closed off to visitors. The Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle will still be accessible to visit.

The venue also asks all visitors to use the hand hygiene stations before they enter. The team at Historic Environment Scotland have put together a FAQ document to answer any questions you may have.

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HES, said:

“At the forefront of our planning is the safety of our staff and visitors, whilst being able to reopen for the tourist season by gradually enabling safe access to our properties and facilities in line with Scottish Government guidance.

We’re very much looking forward to welcoming visitors back to our sites. There will of course be some initial changes including managing visitor numbers at certain sites, as well as restricting access to specific locations, but we can assure visitors of a warm welcome as always.”

Look out for the ‘We’re Good to Go’ logo on venue websites, the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow industry COVID-19 guidelines.

Tickets must be booked in advance, available via the website.