Scone Palace, one of Scotland’s most popular attractions, has welcomed the First Minister’s announcement that their gardens can re-open to visitors on Wednesday 1st July.
The move will allow for families to picnic safely in the Palace’s dedicated picnic area, as well as walk around the Estate’s extensive grounds. Visitors will still not be allowed inside the Palace.
Lady Mansfield, who has been tending to the grass cutting personally since the majority of the gardening team were furloughed at the beginning of lockdown, commented on the latest announcement:
“We very much welcome the announcement to reopen our gardens to the public from 29th June. Like a great many businesses with outdoor facilities, we had been hopeful that re-opening would have been possible this weekend. However this is much needed news for the tourism sector in Scotland, so many of whom are continuing to struggle as a result of the restrictions.
“We already have our online booking in place to buy your grounds tickets, which we politely ask visitors to use, and when we reopen we will also have outside catering offering in place too. I would encourage people to visit, enjoy the surroundings and make use of our outdoor picnic area.
“The gardens have grown a little bit wilder over the last 13 weeks of lockdown, so this week we’ve gladly welcomed back our small army of gardening volunteers who now have an extra couple of weeks to spruce things up a little, getting us ready for re-opening on 1st July. We hope that local residents will support us as we gradually re-open and make full use of the grounds and the picnic area. As a family run business we have been incredibly grateful of the support we’ve had from people online during the crisis and we hope that this will translate into visiting our lovely gardens over the coming weeks and, eventually when we are allowed to reopen, the Palace itself.”
There are over 100 acres of gardens and grounds at Scone Palace and there is plenty of room to social distance. The Maze will remain closed but the Kitchen garden and Adventure playground will be open and visitors will be provided with a map of the grounds to help them make the most of their visit. Hand sanitizer stations will also be in position around the gardens in order to keep everyone safe.
For more information on Scone Palace and to book your grounds entry pass in advance, visit www.scone-palace.co.uk