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Leith Hall, Garden & Estate, Huntly, Aberdeenshire

Leith Hall is a charming and intimate Scottish family home and the oldest parts date back to 1650. The house offers a unique insight into the lives, loves and tragedies of the Leith-Hay family over the last four centuries. On display is an... more

Haddo House

Methlick, Ellon

Haddo House, Methlick, Ellon, Aberdeenshire

Haddo House was designed by William Adam for the 2nd Earl of Aberdeen in 1732, but refurbished in the 1880s. The House elegantly blends crisp Georgian architecture with sumptuous late Victorian interiors by Wright and Mansfield. On display is a... more

Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

Drumoak, Banchory

Drum Castle, Garden & Estate, Drumoak, Banchory, Aberdeenshire

The keep at Drum Castle is one of the three oldest tower houses surviving in Scotland. The original house was enlarged with the creation of a very fine Jacobean mansion in 1619 and a later addition during the reign of Queen Victoria. The castle was... more

Fyvie Castle

Fyvie, Turriff

Fyvie Castle, Fyvie, Turriff, Aberdeenshire

Fyvie Castle was once a royal stronghold, one of a chain of fortresses throughout medieval Scotland. The five towers are traditionally associated with the five successive families that lived there. The oldest part dates from the 13th century, and an... more

Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate, Banchory, Aberdeenshire

A wonderful 16th century granite tower house decorated with dramatic gargoyles, overhanging turrets and little conical roofs, Crathes Castle has four storeys and an attic to explore. The stand-out features of this classic L-tower house are the lovely... more

Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

If you have seen the movie The Queen starring Helen Mirren, you may recognise Aberdeenshire’s Castle Fraser, its elaborate façade featuring in a scene or two. The castle is a five-storey Z-plan castle first constructed in 1575 with a gorgeously... more

House of Dun & Montrose Basin Nature Reserve, Montrose, Angus

House of Dun is a Georgian house, overlooking the Montrose Basin, designed and built by William Adam in 1730 for David Erskine, Lord Dun. The superb plasterwork is by Joseph Enzer. Inside are collections of family portraits, 18th and 19th century... more

Glamis Castle

Glamis

Glamis Castle, Glamis, Angus

Winner of the best attraction award for the UK 2015. Enjoy the history and spectacle of Glamis Castle. Take a guided tour with one of the expert guides and soak up the atmosphere of a thousand years of history. The tours run regularly throughout... more

Brodie Castle

Forres

Brodie Castle, Forres, Moray

Set aside a couple of hours to get your teeth into Scottish clan history, courtesy of the lovely rose-coloured Brodie Castle which sits majestically amid scenic grounds (in spring, the daffodils are just lovely here) in Forres, Moray. This 16th... more

Cawdor Castle, Nairn, Highland

Shakespeare lovers may already be acquainted with Cawdor Castle, eight miles east of Culloden, as it plays an integral role in the story of Macbeth. But whether you’ve read the play or not, the sight of Cawdor’s fairy tale turrets, gargoyles and... more

Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse & Garden, Cupar, Fife

Hill of Tarvit Mansion House, originally the site of the 17th century Wemyss Hall, was completely remodelled by Robert Lorimer for Frederick Sharp, in 1906. All the rooms have been designed in a certain style, with matching furniture and paintings.... more

Kellie Castle & Garden, Pittenweem, Fife

The first records of Kellie Castle date back to the 12th century, and it was restored by James Lorimer in the late 19th century. It is a very fine example of Scottish domestic architecture with its gables, towers and chimneys. Among the contents are... more

Falkland Palace & Garden

Falkland, Cupar

Falkland Palace & Garden, Falkland, Cupar, Fife

The Royal Palace of Falkland, the country residence of Stuart kings and queens, was built between 1450 and 1541. Part of the palace was burned down by Cromwell´s troops in 1654. The palace contains fine portraits of the Stuart monarchs and two sets... more

Newhailes

Newhailes Road, Musselburgh

Newhailes, Newhailes Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian

Newhailes is a fine late 17th century house with impressive 18th century additions. The house was built in 1686 and bought by Sir David Dalrymple, of the legal and political dynasty. He was responsible for the addition of one of the most important... more

Royal Burgh of Culross, Culross, Fife

Culross Palace was built for Sir George Bruce between 1597 and 1611 and has original interiors with painted woodwork. On display are 17th and 18th century furniture, decorative items and a fine collection of Staffordshire and Scottish pottery. The... more

Georgian House

7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

Georgian House, 7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh

The Georgian House is part of Robert Adam´s masterpiece of urban design, Charlotte Square. It dates from 1796, when those who could afford it began to escape the cramped, squalid conditions of Edinburgh´s Old Town to settle in the fashionable New... more

Edinburgh Castle

Castlehill, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle is famous worldwide as an icon of Scotland. Once the home of kings and queens it is now the country´s premier visitor attraction. It boasts a magnificent Great Hall, with an ornate ceiling and fine collection of weapons, plus... more

House of the Binns

Linlithgow

House of the Binns, Linlithgow, West Lothian

The House of the Binns is the historic home of the Dalyells family, among them General Tam Dalyell who raised the Royal Scots Greys here in 1681. Four of the main rooms have important moulded ceilings, some of the earliest examples in Scotland. The... more

Callendar House

Callendar Park, Falkirk

Callendar House, Callendar Park, Falkirk, Falkirk

Ever wondered what the food that Georgians ate tasted like? Get a slice of life in the early 19th century during a visit to the kitchens at Callendar House in Falkirk, where costumed interpreters cook up dishes from 1825 to illustrate their stories... more

Manderston House and Gardens, Duns, Scottish Borders

Originally built in 1790s, Manderston was completely rebuilt in the early 1900s by John Kinross, for Sir James Miller. No expense was spared and no detail overlooked. The furniture is French in style and the kitchens have every modern convenience of... more

Paxton House, Gallery and Country Park, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Scottish Borders

Paxton House is one of the finest 18th century Palladian country houses in Britain, built to the design of John Adam with a Regency extension by Robert Reid. The twelve period rooms feature Adam interiors, a fine collection of Chippendale and Trotter... more

Thirlestane Castle, Lauder, Scottish Borders

Thirlestane Castle is one of the oldest and finest castles in Scotland and holds a uniquely important place in Scottish History. The castle has its origins in the 13th century. It was rebuilt as the Maitland family home in 1590 and greatly enhanced... more

The Castle & Gardens of Mey, Mey, Thurso, Highland

With a rich and bloody history that involves aristocratic brothers locking one another up and fratricide, the Castle of Mey on the northern shores of Caithness in Scotland is a historic treasure to savour. The castle was built by the fourth Earl of... more

Mellerstain House & Gardens, Gordon, Scottish Borders

Mellerstain House and Gardens sits in the heart of the Scottish Borders and is a unique example of William and Robert Adam design, presenting a complete picture as it would have been some 240 years ago. There are fabulous collections of fine art... more

Lindisfarne Castle

Holy Island, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Lindisfarne Castle was built in 1550 to protect Holy Island, this Tudor fort was converted into a private house in 1903 by the young Edwin Lutyens for Edward Hudson. It can only be reached at low tide over a causeway. The small rooms are full of... more

Floors Castle

Roxburghe Estates Office, Kelso

Floors Castle, Roxburghe Estates Office, Kelso, Scottish Borders

Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland, is home to the Duke of Roxburghe. Designed and built by William Adam, it was begun in 1721 and transformed by Playfair in 1849 by adding domes and spires. The interiors are filled with... more

Abbotsford

Melrose

Abbotsford, Melrose, Scottish Borders

Abbotsford in the Scottish borders is the dramatic creation of Sir Walter Scott and from the deeply impressive baronial grand entrance hall to the glorious formal gardens, it’s a work of fabulous fantasy. Stroll through the armoury stacked with... more

Traquair House

Innerleithen

Traquair House, Innerleithen, Scottish Borders

Traquair House, originally a castle owned by the Kings of Scotland, later became the home of the Earls of Traquair whose descendants still live there. It is where Alexander I signed a charter over 800 years ago, and the `modern wings´ were completed... more

Pollok House

2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow

Pollok House, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, Glasgow City

Pollok House is set in the grounds of Pollok Park, home to the Maxwell family for over 600 years. The present house, (c.1750) replaced three earlier structures and was extended in 1890. The house contains an internationally important collection of... more

The Hill House

Upper Colquhoun Street, Helensburgh

The Hill House, Upper Colquhoun Street, Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute

The Hill House is one of the finest of Charles Rennie Mackintosh´s domestic creations, sitting high above the Clyde commanding fine views of the river estuary. It was commissioned in 1902 by Walter Blackie, who wanted an individual house and garden.... more

Inveraray Castle & Garden

Argyll Estates Office, Cherry Park, Inveraray

Inveraray Castle & Garden, Argyll Estates Office, Inveraray, Argyll & Bute

Inveraray Castle was erected between 1745 and 1785 to replace an earlier traditional fortified keep. It was designed by Roger Morris and decorated by Robert Mylne. On display are the famous Armoury Collection, French Tapestries that were made... more

Cragside

Rothbury, Morpeth

Cragside, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland

Cragside, creation of Victorian inventor and landscape genius Lord Armstrong, is a garden of breathtaking drama whatever the season. Surrounding the house is one of the largest rock gardens in Europe. Beyond is a vast woodland garden where... more

Wallington

Cambo, Morpeth

Wallington, Cambo, Morpeth, Northumberland

Wallington dates from 1688, the estate was laid out in the 18th century by Sir Walter Blackett. The interior houses very good Italian Rococo plasterwork in the main rooms and a Victorian hall painted with murals of Northumbrian scenes by William Bell... more

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Belsay, Newcastle upon Tyne

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Belsay, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear


Explore one of Britain's most Intriguing Country Mansions The Belsay Hall comprises three distinct but related elements: a medieval castle that was enlarged in the early 17th century, a Greek Revival mansion that superseded it as... more

Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park

Brodick, Isle of Arran

Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park, Brodick, Isle of Arran, Ayrshire

Oh, there’s nothing quite like a brooding country castle and a pretty surrounding estate for a grand day out (especially when they have a tea room as nice as the one here, in the old servants quarters, serving local beers and ice-creams made in... more

Seaton Delaval Hall

The Avenue, Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay

Seaton Delaval Hall, The Avenue, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear

Seaton Delaval Hall: Admiral Delaval commissioned Sir John Vanbrugh to build the hall in 1718. The family originally came from France but came here with Duke William of Normandy in 1066. The Hall was damaged by fire in 1822, but successive... more

Culzean Castle & Country Park, Maybole, Ayrshire

Set on a wonderful dramatic cliff top and a fine advert for Robert Adam architecture, Culzean Castle and Country Park is one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions. This 242-hectare estate is a wonderland of lush woodland, rugged coastline... more

Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

Dunvegan House, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye

Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Dunvegan House, Isle of Skye, Highland

Dunvegan Castle & Gardens: Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history and clan legend at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and ancestral home to the Chiefs of Clan... more

Washington Old Hall

The Avenue, Washington Village, Washington

Washington Old Hall, The Avenue, Washington, Tyne & Wear

Washington Old Hall is a delightful stone built 17th century manor house, which incorporates parts of the original medieval home of George Washington´s direct ancestors. There are displays on George Washington, and how the Hall was saved with... more

Hutton-In-The-Forest, Penrith, Cumbria

The historic house at Hutton-In-The-Forest is based on a medieval pele tower, with substantial additions in 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Entrance is through the medieval Stone Hall, hung with a variety of weapons. The new hall has a Cupid... more

Broughton House & Garden

High Street, Kirkcudbright

Broughton House & Garden, High Street, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

Even without having a specific destination in mind when you get there, going to long time artists' haven Kirkcudbright is a pleasure in itself. But add to your itinerary a visit to 18th century Broughton House, former home of Glasgow Boy E A Hornel,... more

Dalemain Historic House & Garden, Penrith, Cumbria

The medieval Tudor and Georgian Dalemain Historic House has been home to the Hasell family since 1679 with an interior that has not changed since the 18th century. The entrance hall has a shallow staircase made of local oak, and collections of china,... more

Raby Castle

Staindrop, Darlington

Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington, Durham

Raby Castle; This dramatic medieval Castle, built by the mighty Nevills has been home to Lord Barnard´s family since 1626. Set within a large deer park, with delightful rolling landscape and walled gardens. Highlights include the Barons' Hall where... more

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Bowness-on-Windermere

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria

If you’ve a thing for the Arts and Crafts movement, head off to Blackwell overlooking Lake Windermere, a fabulously well preserved example of the style. The house retains almost all of its original features such as the hessian wall-hangings in the... more

Muncaster Castle

Ravenglass

Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria

Muncaster Castle, home of the Pennington family since 1208, is probably built on Roman foundations. Anthony Salvin remodelled the Castle in the 1860s. The Great Hall is filled with paintings and heraldic windows, and the Octagonal Library rises to a... more

Sizergh

Kendal

Sizergh, Kendal, Cumbria

The medieval Sizergh Castle has been the home of the Strickland family for over 750 years. The 14th century tower was extended in Tudor times. It has an exceptional series of oak-panelled interiors with intricately carved chimneypieces and early oak... more

Levens Hall

Kendal

Levens Hall, Kendal, Cumbria

Levens Hall is an Elizabethan mansion, built around a 13th century Pele tower, converted into a gentleman´s residence and home of the Bagot family, containing fine panelling, plasterwork and period furniture. Also paintings by Rubens, Lely and Cuyp... more

Holker Hall & Gardens

Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands

Holker Hall & Gardens, Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria

Holker Hall: This beautiful Victorian House, with it's 24 acres of formal and woodland gardens and 125 acres of deer park, is one of the treasures of the stunning South Lakes area. The warm 'lived in' atmosphere of the Hall continues to charm... more

Leighton Hall

Carnforth

Leighton Hall, Carnforth, Lancashire

Award winning Leighton Hall is the lived-in house of the famous furniture making Gillow dynasty. A visit to Leighton is an opportunity to unravel the fascinating past of this ancient, Lancashire family and wander through the spectacular grounds and... more

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington, York

Nunnington Hall, Nunnington, York, North Yorkshire

Nunnington Hall is mainly a 17th century manor house, the west wing dates from 1580 but was badly damaged during the Civil War by a Parliamentarian garrison. It was extensively remodelled in 1685 and again in the 1920s. The interior has stone flagged... more

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