Thirlestane seeks new guides and volunteers

Thirlestane Castle in Lauder.Thirlestane Castle in Lauder.
Thirlestane Castle in Lauder.
Thirlestane Castle in Lauder is one of the oldest and finest castles in Scotland and it needs you.

As a registered charity, it relies heavily on volunteers and guides to bring the castle, its collections, and stories to life during its open season in the summer months.

The team are delighted to be opening for regular castle tours in May and are looking to increase their group of friendly volunteers and guides to help.

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Thirlestane Castle Trust is appealing to anyone who may have some spare time, whether it’s a few hours once a week or a day once a fortnight, to consider joining its invaluable team of volunteers. The trust is looking for a range of people to help with different tasks, including meeting and greeting visitors, a spot of gardening across the beautiful estate or conducting guided tours.

Without the volunteers who generously donate their time to the castle, it would not be able to open its doors and allow visitors to explore the fascinating building and its spectacular collections. The volunteers are key to creating a unique visitor experience and are highly-valued members of the team.

Edward Maitland-Carew, Resident Trustee said: "Thirlestane Castle has a long and wonderful volunteering history since it opened to the public in 1984.

"Ever since then we have relied on our incredible volunteers to help bring the castle’s history to life for its visitors. The castle is now a charitable trust and accredited museum established to care for and secure the long-term future of the castle and its collections.

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“Without our incredible volunteers, we would not be able to share stories of this great castle with guests from across the world. The money made from each visitor ticket sold goes towards protecting this magnificent building for future generations.”

All volunteers and guides will be fully trained and have support on hand to help them take advantage of this exciting opportunity to be a part of the castle’s 16th century heritage.

To learn more about guiding and volunteering opportunities, contact the castle directly by emailing [email protected] or call 01578 722430.

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