Historic Angus sites set to open to public

Historic sites across Angus are set to open their doors to the public this month.

Stewards are preparing iconic sites - from the distinctive sandstone of Edzell Castle to the atmospheric ruins of Restenneth Priory - for opening on March 25, just in time for Easter.

Historic Environment Scotland has recruited 50 new and seasonal staff across the country, now in post and ready to welcome visitors. Meanwhile, several sites have recently had new interpretation panels installed, giving visitors fresh insights into the stories of these iconic places.

Dating back to 1604, Edzell Castle is probably best known for its stunning grounds, designed to reflect the prestige of its owners, the ‘lichtsome’ Lindsays. Restenneth Priory, meanwhile, offers a fascinating legacy of a medieval monastery as well as an ancient Pictish site.

Susan Loch, head of visitor operations and community engagement at Historic Environment Scotland, said: “These cherished local sites range from castles to churches, and from prehistoric forts to atmospheric ruins. They are steeped in stories, and visiting them helps bring the Scotland’s fascinating history to life.

“We’ve got all sorts of resources to help people understand and enjoy these places, from recently refreshed interpretation panels at many sites to our free visitor app, which helps visitors build their own historic itinerary.

“There’s never been a better time to get involved with the history and heritage of your local area – why not see how many historic sites your family can visit this year!”

You can also become a Historic Scotland member, which gets you entry to over 70 historic places across the country as well as to daytime events.

For further information on opening hours, access and locations, visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk