From 19th July Scotland will enter Level 0 where up to 8 people from 4 households/extended household can stay overnight in shared accommodation.
NB Children under 12 are not included in the count.

As levels of the virus are high throughout the UK we are recommending that guests take the free lateral flow tests before coming to the area and mixing households.
These are freely available using the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

Please note that face masks are still required in Scotland in many indoor settings.

9th August is the possible date for significant unlocking and removal of most of the remaining restrictions. Larger Kinblethmont House bookings should then be permitted.

Extended households in Scotland are explained in the link below
Extended households and living alone – gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

Protection levels in Scotland are explained in the link below
COVID-19+protection+levels+-+summary+information+on+what+you+can+and+cannot+do.pdf (www.gov.scot)

Hemp was historically grown in this area where the fibres were used in the manufacture of rope, fishing nets and sails. At Kinblethmont we have joined a group of farmers planting a Finnish variety of hemp for its seeds which, when processed produce a delicious oil.

Hemp is also a great crop for the environment. Its large amount of leafy vegetation soak up lots of Carbon dioxide and takes it down deep into the soil with its long roots.

We are really pleased that lateral flow tests for Covid-19 are now freely available to all. We have been taking them and are recommending that our guests take them three days before travelling and on the day of departure.

They are very easy to order and often come the next day.

https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

If you have to cancel your holiday due to a positive test you will be able to postpone your visit (subject to availability) or have your payments refunded.

Our first lambs of the year were born this week. These cute triplets have been moved with their mum to the solar park where they will be safe from predators and able to shelter from the sun and rain under the panels.

We have been making some improvements to the lower ground floor in Kinblethmont House. It is a great place for children to let off steam or for adults to kick back and watch the footie! It opens up onto the terrace for relaxed BBQs and croquet matches.

On the farm this week we are planting our Golden Promise malting barley. We have been growing it for generations and it is the chief ingredient of Timothy Taylor’s Landlord ale. Now doesn’t that make you feel thirsty!

We are delighted with our new recycled plastic bench at top of Kinblethmont hill. The view is stunning and it is the perfect place for our guests to chill and watch the sun set.