Covid 19 on the way ?

Slowly but surely it appears the pandemic is leaving beautiful Scotland …

The tourism industry will hopefully start opening by 15th of July if the R number continues to reduce.

Scottish Airports

More airlines will fly to and from Scottish destinations beginning of next week and airports have made amendments to ensure your safety.

Edinburgh airport asking you to do five things:

We’re pleased to announce that, as of Monday, some of our airlines will be starting to fly more frequently.We understand that you might have some concerns about travelling. So here are the steps we’re taking, and the measures we’re asking you to take, to make sure that we protect each other and flysafe.When you come to the airport, we’re asking you to follow the 5 must-dos outlined below.

Find out more

Glasgow Airport 

Aberdeen Airport 

Inverness Airport 

Highlands & Island Airport including Dundee 

Please note there is still a 14 days quarantine requirement for travellers from outside the UK !!!!

A number of hotels are already opening but mainly for key workers at the moment.

The Balmoral in Edinburgh has annouced that it will open by 1st of August.


The first castle to open appears to be Glamis Castle

Gardens re-opening from 20th June 2020

Like many other attractions and businesses we have been working hard to navigate our business through this difficult time, so we are thrilled to announce that we will be re-opening our formal gardens daily from Saturday, 20th June 2020. 

Opening times will be from 10am – 5pm at £7.50 per person or £23 for a family of 5 ticket. (All paid seasonal 2020 passes will  also gain the benefit of a complimentary pass for 2021.)
 Please note that advance booking online is essential with entry time-slots from 10am – 4.30pm  available for access, your ticket also includes complimentary car parking. 

 Book your tickets here

Current season pass holders must also book tickets online to gain access, however entry will be complimentary once the cardholder details have been validated during the booking process – please use code 3gcujfb3 when booking to secure complimentary status.Glamis Castle Kitchen will be operating a picnic and takeaway menu service during opening hours

.View picnic and takeaway menu here

Further information for visitors During these difficult times the health & safety of visitors and staff will remain of utmost importance to us, we have implemented strict practices to safeguard all on site including:Making hand sanitiser available on site for staff and visitor use.The Castle tours are currently closed.Displaying clear signage throughout the site advising staff and visitors to wash their hands regularly and follow the catch it, kill it, bin it guidelines.Enhanced cleaning regimes within the Castle toilets.Welcoming visitors with a smile instead of a handshake.Social distancing measures.One-way system around the  Gardens which is  found on the map when you book your entry ticket.Limited Capacity.We will endeavour to offer a safe space for families to enjoy the Summer months ahead. The Gardens and grounds are a great location to watch the seasonal flowers bloom while children can follow the Macbeth trail through the Pinetum, visit highland cows and play outside in the fresh air.The Adventure Playground will be open to all visitors at this time.There will be toilets open for all to use. We will be operating a queueing system which we will manage and we will have a one in one out system, but we will be allowing people of the same house hold in at the same time.We want everyone to enjoy a wonderful day out at Glamis Castle and would like to reassure all visitors that we are adhering to all guidelines issued by Public Health Authorities and the Government. We are monitoring the Covid-19 situation daily and will keep our website and social media channels up to date. We do however ask visitors to follow government advice and remain at home if you have any symptoms. We are working proactively to enable continued access to Glamis Castle, retaining employment within a viable business.

Thank you very much for your ongoing support and we can’t wait to see you!Copyright © 2020 Strathmore Estates Holdings Ltd. Glamis Castle, All rights reserved. 
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National Trust Scotland

The NTS plans to open a number of properties in 2020:

Countryside properties reopening imminently:

(local access only until Stage 3 of Scottish Government route map)

  • Balmacara Estate (visitor centres remain closed)
  • Ben Lawers
  • Ben Lomond
  • Corrieshalloch Gorge
  • Dollar Glen
  • Goatfell
  • Grey Mare’s Tail
  • The Hermitage
  • Killiecrankie
  • Kintail
  • The Pineapple
  • Rockcliffe
  • St Abb’s Head (car park will reopen by 12 June; toilets and visitor centre remain closed)
  • Torridon (visitor centre remains closed)
  • West Affric

Please note that the following is still subject to formal consultation:

Properties proposed to reopen in 2020:

(gardens and grounds possibly by July; some historic buildings and visitor centres possibly from mid-August)

  • Arduaine Garden
  • Balmerino Abbey
  • Boath Doocot
  • Branklyn Garden
  • Brodick Country Park
  • Brodie Castle
  • Burg
  • Canna
  • Crarae Garden
  • Crathes Castle
  • Culloden
  • Culross
  • Culzean Country Park
  • Drum Castle
  • Dunkeld
  • Fair Isle
  • Geilston Garden
  • Glencoe
  • Glenfinnan
  • Greenbank Garden
  • The Hill House
  • Inveresk Lodge Garden
  • Inverewe
  • Iona
  • Malleny Garden
  • Mar Lodge Estate
  • Mingulay, Berneray & Pabbay
  • Moirlanich Longhouse
  • Preston Mill
  • Priorwood Garden
  • Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
  • Robert Smail’s Printing Works
  • St Kilda
  • Staffa
  • Threave Garden
  • Unst & Yell

Historic Environment Scotland

HIS has not publicised when they will open again but I will post updates from now on.

Starfish Travel

Our vehicles are all seven or eight seater Mercedes minibuses. We have fitted them with soft transparent screens dividing the driver from the guests. We supply hand sanitiser and sanitise the vehicles inbetween each use. We wear face masks when in contact with you (and can provide you with them if needed).

We offer contactless payment or pre-payment and accept cash if you wish

For customers of different households we recommend a maximum of 4 passengers and no more than six if you are from the same house hold

For Bookings and Inquiries

Call 0044 7446 112672
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