Edzell Castle to welcome visitors after winter months

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EDZELL Castle, near Brechin, is set to re-open on Friday.

The castle is considered to be one of the region’s most famous historic sites.

The beautiful red sand stone castle is closed for a period of time during the winter months but re-opens annually each spring in order to open its doors and welcome visitors from near, far and from around the world.

Edzell Castle is enchanting and is set amid pleasing green parkland, which helps to conjure up an image of a noble bygone age. Medieval society was not all fighting and feuding. Everyday lordly life in late-medieval rural Scotland is more readily understood at Edzell than at most castles.

The castle was built as a statement of the prestige of its owners, the Lindsays, who acquired the estate in 1358.

The lordly seat was a timber residence beside the ancient church. During the 16th century, they built a brand-new castle a short distance away – the one we admire today. The ‘icing on the cake’ of their new residence was the wonderful ‘great garden’, which was added in 1604.

The castle is perhaps best known for its stylised walled garden which is adorned with heraldic sculptures and carved panels, the architectural and intricate framework surrounding the garden is considered to be unique in the United Kingdom.

The carved panels portray the Seven Cardinal Virtues, the Seven Liberal Arts and the Seven Planetary Deities.

Susan Lochis is the head of Visitor Operations and Community Engagement at Historic Scotland and she also runs the site.

She commented: “We are working hard to get the site ready to welcome visitors.

“Edzell Castle is one of a number of Historic Scotland seasonal sites across Scotland, that are re-opening to the public over the Easter weekend.

“Spring is a great time to enjoy the sites, particularly in this the Year of Natural Scotland, and we have lots of great things going on across our estate of properties this year from nature events to costumed performances to keep visitors entertained.”

For further information about Edzell Castle you can visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk.