Recession-hit National Trust Scotland names saved and doomed venues

Following a consultation period, the National Trust Scotland has secured the future of several properties, many of which were famed for their event spaces.

Recession-hit National Trust Scotland names saved and doomed venues
Recession-hit National Trust Scotland names saved and doomed venues

In March 2009 the organisation announced plans to significantly reduce costs by making changes to its staff and property arrangements.

As a result, 65 staff were made redundant, around 25 less than expected.The outcomes for the affected properties, which include event facilities, have also been revealed to Event:

  • Ben Lawers Mountain Centre, Stirling is closed to the public. The Trust plans to demolish the centre and replace it with an unmanned facility.
  • David Livingstone Centre, Lanarkshire: The trust will continue to manage the centre for the David Livingstone Trust. South Lanarkshire Council has taken over management of the garden
  • Haddo House, Aberdeenshire's house is open to the public for pre-booked tours and for functions and events.
  • Hill of Tarvit mansion house is currently closed to the public. The gardens, grounds and Kingarrock Hickory Golf Course remain open to the public.
  • Hugh Miller Museum and Birthplace Cottage, Highland, remains open but with amended hours
  • Hutchesons' Hall, Glasgow is now closed to the public.
  • Inveresk Lodge Garden, East Lothian will remain open.
  • Kellie Castle, Fife remains open with amended hours.
  • Leith Hall mansion house: The house is currently closed to the public. The garden and grounds remain open.

The National Trust for Scotland looks after more than 100 historic properties. It is currently searching for a new chairman after Shonaig MacPherson announced she was to step down from the post.

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