High running costs have forced the closure of the farm shop and garden shop at Mount Stuart.
We contacted the Trust after receiving a letter from Rothesay resident Hilary Dewar voicing her disappointment at the closure of the two facilities and a reduction in the range of gifts available at Mount Stuart’s visitor centre.
A spokesperson said: “The running costs of the retail outlets at the Visitor Centre site have proven financially unsustainable for Mount Stuart Trust in 2014. “Whilst there was some very positive support for the outlets, the costs far outweighed the revenues and unfortunately a difficult decision had to be taken.
“Plants and fruit and vegetables (when in season) are available for purchase direct from the gardens team (Mon-Fri) and there is also a twice weekly delivery service into Ritchie’s of Rothesay, who also have details of the Gardens’ produce and price list.”
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