Brodick Castle gardens to reopen

National Trust for Scotland. Brian Chapple 1997.

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The gardens and grounds of Brodick Castle are to partly reopen from Monday July 6, the National Trust for Scotland has announced

The Trust is preparing to welcome visitors at dozens of gardens and estates across the country, as lockdown continues to ease. With the move into Phase 2 confirmed, the charity is now preparing to re-open around 30 of its estates and gardens next month.

However, that will be little comfort the to Brodick Castle staff and ranger service 14 of whom are in furlough and facing the threat of redundancy in dtastic cuts proposed by the NTS due to be announced at the end of July.

The conservation charity closed all properties in March when the coronavirus emergency hit Scotland. Brodick Castle will not reopen until next year.

The castle and gardens will initially be open from Thursday to Monday from July 6. However, the Trust have emphasised that travel to Arran and the other islands is currently limited to residents only.