Castle and Blackhouse about to open now spring is here

Now that Spring is here, Historic Scotland’s 25 seasonal sites are preparing to open their doors to welcome visitors.

The Blackhouse in Arnol, a traditional fully-furnished Lewis thatched house, providing a unique insight into island life, will be opening from Sunday 1st April 2012.

And from Sunday 1st April 2012, Kisimul Castle, the best preserved Medieval castle in the Western Isles, seat of the chiefs of Clan Macneil will be opening for visitors. The attraction is reached by small boat from Castlebay.

Visitors looking for inspiration can visit a special web page and insert their postcode to find out about exciting properties in their area.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said: “Spring is a wonderful time to enjoy all that Scotland has to offer, from castles to cathedrals, cairns to standing stones. 

“Scotland’s finest heritage attractions make for a great family day out with an opportunity to explore Scotland’s history and heritage.

“This is the Year of Creative Scotland 2012 and I am looking forward to many  exciting events to celebrate our amazing history and heritage.”

Stephen Duncan, Historic Scotland’s Director of Commercial and Tourism said: “Now that the Easter holidays are almost upon us, it’s the perfect time to get children away from their x boxes, make them use their imagination and have fun at one of our fantastic sites as well as learn about Scotland’s fascinating history and heritage.”

For more information, visit the Historic Scotland website,