Honours of Scotland on display once again as tourist attractions reopen

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THE Honours of Scotland are set to go on public display again as the lockdown restrictions ease.

The Honours, which includes the Crown and Sceptre of Scotland, were first used to crown Mary, Queen of Scots.

The jewels were hidden after the Act of Union in 1707, until they were rediscovered many years later by the author Walter Scott.

The Honours will be able to be viewed socially distanced with a new queuing system implemented in Crown Square to manage access.

This follows other innovations at the site, including the introduction of painted circles around the one o’clock gun as well as the use of QR codes and new audio guides to continue to tell the story of one of Scotland’s castles.

The castle is one of over 20 ticketed sites Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is opening across Scotland on Friday, 30th April, after covid protection measures have been eased in mainland Scotland.

This includes some of Scotland’s heritage sites including Stirling Castle, Linlithgow Palace, Urquhart Castle, St Andrews Castle, Melrose Abbey, and Skara Brae.

This will see 70% of HES sites open up to the public, including ticketed and over 200 free to access sites from tomorrow.

Further ticketed sites are due to reopen on a rolling basis over the upcoming months.

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Edinburgh Castle is one of 20 ticketed attractions that will reopen on Friday 30 April.

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HES, visited Edinburgh Castle on Thursday, 29th April, for a preview ahead of the official reopening to the public. He said: “Our heritage sites are home to over 5,000 years of history and we can’t wait to welcome visitors back once more, so they can once again experience Scotland’s history.

“As before, there will be measures in place to facilitate social distancing, as well as new innovations to the visitor experience including new audio tours and digital content.

“We know how much people enjoy being able to access heritage sites, and we’ve worked hard to provide a mix of sites across the country, with over 70% of our sites opening up on the 30th and many others on a phased basis over the next few months.

“On the eve of what is a historic reopening, it’s been great to be at the castle to see all the hard work of the teams coming to fruition as we get ready to welcome visitors once more.”

Safety measures will be in place, with visitors wearing face coverings in indoor spaces and some enclosed spaces are not accessible.

There will also be an initial capacity management on numbers, one-way systems will be in place in some locations, and visitors will be asked to use contactless payment where possible.