Blair Castle Summer 2021 – Covid-19 Secure Pre-arrival information

This visitor attraction has decided to maintain mitigation measures, including managing capacities and visitor flow, use of hand sanitation stations and enhanced cleaning protocols, until otherwise announced, in accordance with industry best practice and guidance endorsed by the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions.

Before you arrive

Please do check with everyone in your party before you leave home that no one is aware of experiencing Covid19 symptoms. If someone is then in everyone’s best interests, please stay at home. If anyone in your party shows any symptoms of Covid-19 while you are visiting the gardens, you should advise us immediately by calling 01796 481207 whereupon further guidance will be issued.

Cleaning Procedure

Attention to cleanliness and hygiene is central to our Covid19 security at Blair Castle. For guests intending to visit the castle as well as the gardens, please note the joint ticket must be purchased online in advance of arrival so you can book a timed entry slot, and allow us to maintain social distancing policies. For those just visiting the gardens, you can also purchase your ticket online or on arrival at the ticketing office but please be aware that payment is by card only. We will not be able to accept cash payment here or at any other sales point around the venue.

There will be hand sanitiser stations at the car park and at all key entry points around the venue. All touchpoints will be disinfected every two hours and wherever possible, doors and gates will be left open.

Castle Tours

The castle exhibition will be open in free-flow mode, and we ask our visitors to be mindful of others whilst in the exhibition and maintaining a 2-meter distance from other parties. The castle is set up with a one-way system for you to enjoy at your leisure. Visitors to the castle will be asked to wear face masks while inside the venue so please do arrive prepared. The castle exhibition rooms are large and spacious so, social distancing will be comfortably straightforward.  We will have guides on the floors to ensure everyone is well informed and maintaining that policy.

Gardens and Grounds

The gardens are spacious with wide paths and long lines of sight so we have decided not to restrict your access via one-way systems outside.

Children’s playground facilities are open but strictly with parental or guardian supervision. Each play area has a hand sanitiser within it and parents or guardians are asked to ensure children disinfect their hands before and after they use the equipment. We also ask that only one family use each item of play at a time.

Restaurant & Facilities

Toilet facilities are available. We will control access so only one person or family has access at a time and there will be disinfectant available to apply to touch points before and after use. We will clean and disinfect the toilets every two hours and disinfect touch points hourly.

The castle’s restaurant is open, with a wide range of savory and sweet snacks and delicious drinks, all of which can be enjoyed within the dining area, which will have social distancing practices in place.  Also, food and drinks can be enjoyed on the many grass banks surrounding the castle or on picnic tables in the grounds. We will disinfect the tables every two hours but you are advised to bring your own disinfectant if you wish to clean the tables before and after use. Please note the packaging from the restaurant is all recyclable and we have located a large recycle waste bin in the car park to provide for the additional refuse load resulting from the takeaway service.

Other Information

Please note, while inside any of our venue buildings, you will be asked to wear a mask in accordance with current Government guidelines.

The gardens and grounds do extend across a large area so we have kept our benches out and available for use, to rest and enjoy the views. The benches will be disinfected every two hours but again, if you would like to clean where you are sitting before and after use, please do bring your own disinfectant.

Finally, and we mean this most sincerely, please enjoy your visit and relax!