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Hackness Martello Tower Reopens After 2 Years

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The reopening of the historic attraction, built during the Napoleonic Wars to protect merchant ships, is part of Historic Environment Scotland (HES)’s seasonal roll out for 2022.  

HES reopened over 70% of its estate last year, however, some of the sites had remained closed during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Visitors can now book tickets to the historic attraction as part of HES’s new seasonal activity for 2022, with more sites set to follow in reopening across the country on a rolling basis.  

Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism at HES said:  

“We are delighted to have even more of our sites such as Hackness Mortello Tower and Battery reopening up and down the country and across our islands for the summer season, allowing us to again provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy much loved heritage attractions.   

 “With over 5,000 years of history in our care, we have adopted a phased approach to reopening a lot of our sites, presenting as diverse a mix of attractions as possible and  we are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to enjoy more and more of our nation’s world class historic environment after what has been an extremely challenging time for everyone involved in the tourism and heritage sectors.”   

All reopening sites will follow HES’s Resumption Operating Standards which were developed for the safe reopening of historic sites and resumption of operational activities in the wake of the COVID pandemic, and visitors will be asked to follow any necessary Scottish Government guidelines including, where required, the wearing of masks indoors unless exempt.  

Tickets are available from the HES website and are now on sale. To book and for more information on further HES sites reopening visit the History Awaits page on the HES website.

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