The Edinburgh Castle is open for visitors after shutting its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, after the Second World War, this was the first time it was closed for a very long time period.
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) reopened the doors of the ancient stronghold for visitors on Saturday. Moreover, the other historic sites like Stirling Castle and Urquhart Castle are also open for visitors.
The castle in the center of Edinburgh has long been one of Scotland’s most popular tourist destinations. But it will be operating with limited capacity and some areas will be restricted in line with social distancing rules.
People who want to visit the castle must book the tickets in advance. However, face coverings will be mandatory in the castle’s shops.
Alex Paterson, chief executive of HES, said, “Edinburgh Castle is an internationally renowned symbol of Scotland. And its reopening is an important milestone not only for our organization. But for the country as a whole as we continue on our journey to recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.”
“It has taken a significant amount of planning to reach this point. And I’m very proud of the efforts of all of our staff who have been instrumental in making these sites ready to safely welcome visitors once again.”
“I’d also like to thank visitors for their patience throughout this period of uncertainty. And offer reassurance that the safety and quality of their visitor experience have been at the forefront of our preparations.”
In addition, he said, “The tourism sector will be central to Scotland’s national recovery. And our historic attractions are a key part of that tourism offering.”
“We’re also encouraging people across Scotland to visit historic sites in their local area and rediscover the rich history on their doorstep.”
“We’ve already enabled access to over 200 of our unstaffed and key keeper sites across the country. And with our top three most-visited attractions set to open this weekend. We are now working to reopen a further 23 ticketed sites on a rolling basis throughout August and into mid-September to offer access across Scotland to the heritage sites in our care.”