Scone Palace, the crowning place of Scottish Kings, has retained its five-star status as one of Scotland's top visitor attractions following an audit by VisitScotland.
This is the first audit since the implementation of VisitScotland's revised grading scheme which places more focus on visitors' needs and expectations as well as the needs and ambitions of the tourism sector.
Opening to the public this morning, Monday 1stApril at 10.00am, Scone Palace marked the beginning of the 2019 season by gifting the first visitors to go through the Palace gates and reach the ticket booth with a Family Palace and Grounds Season Ticket and an Easter Hamper.
Susan Herd from Perth was the first through the Palace gates this morning with her sons, Jack (10) and Jamie McBride (7) and was presented with the gifts by Stephen Brannigan, Head of Palace and Events at Scone Palace.
Scone Palace reopens next week (April 1st) for its 2019 tourist season with ground-breaking new rules on smoking and vaping. The award-winning visitor attraction is becoming a smoke and vape free environment within the Palace grounds as it endeavours to create the healthiest environment possible for visitors.
Bins will be located in the car park for visitors to stub out their cigarettes on entry to the grounds, which are celebrated as some of the most stunning and historically significant in Scotland.
Hot on the iron-clad heels of the International Medieval Combat Federation (IMCF) World Championships, battle is set to commence again at Scone Palace this summer as the award-winning visitor attraction gets ready to host the Braveheart Scottish Axe Throwing Open.
Scone Palace, one of Scotland's favourite visitor attractions, has been named one of the most pet-friendly places to visit in the world, and voted animal lovers' favourite in Scotland.
The historic Perthshire attraction, ancient crowning place of the Kings of Scotland and a popular events venue, came in the Top 20 favourite places for pets ina poll of more than 10,000 people in 130 countries.