Two castle hotels just outside Glasgow reopen to guests next month

The chocolates may not be on the pillows yet, but vacationers might consider the possibility of a fairytale stay next month.

Two castle hotels just outside Glasgow have revealed plans to reopen in mid-July.

Glenapp Castle in Ayrshire and Crossbasket Castle in Blantyre are among the first hotels to announce that they will welcome their guests again after the Scottish Government tourism restart date of July 15.

Both sites have assured customers that safety will be their top priority once their doors reopen.

Glenapp Castle said guests can expect hygiene packs, including disinfectant, masks, temperature bands, disinfectant wipes, to be available in all rooms and at hygiene stations will be placed throughout the hotel.

Glenapp Castle Hotel, near Ballantrae.

Staff will have their temperature taken on arrival at each shift and the restaurant will not accept non-residential reservations during the summer period.

Meanwhile, Crossbasket Castle will be making a “colossal effort” to ensure that the hotel is ready for guests.

They will have hands-free disinfection stations at various locations in the hotel as well as a one-way system to avoid close contact between other guests and hotel employees.

Crossbasket Castle

A phased catering service and socially distant tables will be set up, and customers will order food through an app instead of using menus.

The tourism industry will be allowed to reopen as part of a move to phase three of the Prime Minister’s plan to ease restrictions.

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Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “We are trying to give the tourism industry the ability to plan ahead.

“All being equal and all is well, we would see a reopening of the tourism sector from July 15th.”

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