Re-Opening of Facilities at Dean Castle Country Park

Dean Castle Country Park is open in accordance with Scottish Government guidance. Please take a few minutes to read the information below

The Elf Trail

Our Elf Trail is open weekends from 11am- 2pm until Sun 20th Dec. You can read more and download the Elf Trail map here 

Treehouse Cafe & Toilets

The Café and toilets located in the Visitor Centre are open daily from 11.30am - 3.30pm with indoor and outdoor seating. The full Cafe menu can be viewed here

*Please note that we will be accepting card payments only at this time. 

The Kiosk

The Kiosk, located at the Rural Life Centre, is open Saturdays & Sundays from 11am - 3pm for hot drinks, juices and snacks. The toilets at the Rural Life Centre will also be open during these times.

Car Park

The main car park on Dean Road and car park at Assloss Road are open 

Play Park 

The play park located nest to the Rural Life Centre is open. Prior to opening, a Health and Safety inspection of the play equipment was carried out to ensure it is safe to use, however we urge all users to follow the guidance below:

  • Stay 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household when using the play park.
  • If the park is crowded, do not enter if you cannot stay at a safe distance from others.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and face.
  • Please carry hand sanitiser and clean your hands and your children’s hand before and after use of the play equipment.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when your return home.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

The risk of the coronavirus being passed on to others outdoors is considered to be low as long as people maintain social distancing and practice good hygiene and this is the responsibility of everyone using the play park and parents to make sure their children follow the above guidance.

Physical distancing

It is extremely important that you maintain physical distancing:

  • Stay 2 metres away from other people apart from members of your household. 
  • Maintain hand and cough hygiene.
  • Avoid touching hard surfaces such as walls, fences and park benches.
  • Take hygiene precautions when you are outside.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser.

Recreation

Running, cycling and horse riding on bridleways are permitted within the park, however:

  • Cyclists must give way to walkers and horse-riders on bridleways.
  • Cyclists and runners are asked to give way to others walking on the path and pass people safely allowing a 2m distance. If necessary, stop to allow others to pass.

Urban Farm

Access to the farm is still permitted and we hope you will enjoy walking through this area and seeing our animals but we ask that you:

  • PLEASE do not feed the animals.
  • Do not touch or pet the animals.
  • Do not stand for long periods of time at the fence to watch the animals.
  • Move on from your viewing point should the area start to become congested. 

Protecting the Natural Environment:

Please respect the country park and leave no trace of your visit. We ask that everyone:

  • Takes home their litter and leftover food. It is unsightly, can be dangerous to wildlife and farm animals and dropping litter and dumping rubbish are criminal offences.
  • Clean up after your dog and dispose of the mess responsibly – ‘bag it and bin it’

When you take your dog into the outdoors, always ensure it does not disturb wildlife, farm animals or other people by keeping it under effective control. This means that you:

  • Keep your dog on a lead.
  • Keep it in sight at all times and be aware of what it is doing and be confident it will return to you promptly on command.
  • Ensure it does not stray off to other people.

Dean Castle Country Park provides a suitable location for people to enjoy the outdoors, nature and exercise during this difficult time. This will only be possible if visitors adhere to the physical distancing measures outlined by the Scottish Government.

Covid - 19 symptoms – stay at home:

It’s very important that you stay at home if you have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) or you live with someone that has symptoms. Household isolation will help to control the spread of the virus to friends, the wider community and the most vulnerable.

Please enjoy the country park and respect others using and working in the grounds.

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