Young his­tory buffs are quids in

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE TICKET -

New Abbey mill His­toric sites in the re­gion are low­er­ing their draw­bridges and open­ing their gates to young peo­ple ... for £1.

To cel­e­brate the Year of Young Peo­ple, His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land, the Na­tional Trust for Scot­land and the His­toric Houses As­so­ci­a­tion are work­ing with Young Scot to of­fer the dis­count to young peo­ple who want to ex­plore.

From this week the of­fer will be avail­able in Dum­fries and Gal­loway for: Caerlave­rock Cas­tle; New Abbey Corn Mill; Sweet­heart Abbey; and Drum­lan­rig Cas­tle.

From March 1 it will ap­ply at Broughton House in Kirkcud­bright, Thomas Car­lyle’s Birth­place in Ec­cle­fechan and Th­reave Gar­den and Es­tate.

There are more than 670,000 Young Scot card-hold­ers in Scot­land and the card is avail­able for free to all young peo­ple liv­ing in Scot­land aged 11-26. To ac­cess the dis­count, young peo­ple just need to present their card when buy­ing their ticket through­out 2018.

The of­fer fol­lows a rec­om­men­da­tion in the Her­itage Blue­print re­port that vis­it­ing his­toric sites was too ex­pen­sive for some young peo­ple.

Mena Kir­mani, Her­itage Blue­print mem­ber, said: “This is a great chance for young Scots in Dum­fries and Gal­loway to ex­plore his­tory and cel­e­brate the Year of Young Peo­ple. This comes di­rectly from our work on the Her­itage Blue­print so it’s amaz­ing to see the sec­tor lis­ten­ing to young peo­ple and mak­ing our rec­om­men­da­tions be­come re­al­ity.” Caerlave­rock

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