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Historic Houses in Scotland

The regions of Scotland have through the centuries maintained their differences, the Highlanders, largely Gaelic speaking were mobile cattle farmers, while the Lowlanders, English speaking, were firmly planted arable farmers. The Lowlands is the most densely populated region, an area of impressive castles, palaces, medieval burghs and by the two impressive cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Highlands are characterised by the mountainous scenery, beautiful coastlines and a myriad of interesting islands. Historic Houses in Scotland Brodie Castle, Forres and Leith Hall, Garden & Estate, Huntly are listed below.
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Explore the Beautiful Brodie Castle Brodie Castle sits majestically amid scenic grounds (in spring, the daffodils are just lovely here) in Forres, Moray. This 16th century Z-plan tower house was the home of the Brodie family, who were prominent in clan battles in the 15th and 16th centuries, until the late 20th century. Inside, its elegant rooms are stuffed to the gills with amazing fine French furniture, English, continental and Chinese porcelain and fabulous artwork including piec...
Discover the History of Leith Hall Leith Hall is a charming and intimate Scottish family home dating 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 interesting variety of antique family furniture, china, artwork and tapestries. The military memorabilia is housed in an exhibition `For Crown and Country´. In the grounds there are 18th century stables and an ice house. The forma...
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 the day and run on until 4:30pm. Take a stroll through our gardens maintained by the wonderful gardening team. The Walled Garden and Italian Garden are serene and beautiful and the walks along the river are very peaceful. Browse in the Gift...
Discover 400 years of History at Castle Fraser, Gardens and Grounds The atmospheric baronial Castle Fraser was first constructed in 1575 and has a rich, noble and sometimes grusome history. The castle contains many Fraser family portraits, including one by Raeburn. Highlights include the Great Hall dating back to the 1400s, a library filled with family books, and the grand Worked Room featuring 18th-century embroideries. Outside, you have 140 acres of farmland to explore with woodlan...
Visit the Enchanting Crathes Castle 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 painted ceilings, some retained in their original form and others beautifully restored. From the oak-panelled Long Gallery on the top floor of the castle the views down below of the castle gardens and o...
Visit the tranquil splendour of the House of Dun and Montrose Basin Nature Reserve House of Dun is a beautiful example of Georgian Architecture, overlooking the Montrose Basin, designed and built by William Adam in 1730 for David Erskine, Lord Dun. Inside are collections of family portraits, 18th and 19th century furniture and porcelain. Also on display are examples of the embroidery of Lady Augusta, daughter of William IV. The courtyard buildings house a handloom weaving workshop. Se...
Explore one of Royal Deeside's top historic attractions at Drum Castle 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 lived in, until 1975, for over 650 years by the Irvine family. Inside the house are an excellent collection of portraits and good Georgian furniture. The gardens were dest...
Visit one of Scotland's most Beautiful Castle 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 air of mystery is created by the ghosts and legends associated with it. A rich portrait collection includes works by Batoni, Raeburn, Romney, Gainsborough, Opie and Hoppner. Also a fine coll...
Step Back in Time at Falkland Palace and Gardens 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 of 17th century tapestry hangings and some rooms have been renovated to depict what life was like for the Stuarts. The Chapel Royal dates from 1633 and the Royal Tennis Court is the oldest i...
Experience a Wonderful Day out at Hill of Tarvit Hill of Tarvit is one of Scotland's finest Edwardian mansionhouses, replete with a splendid collection of antiques, furniture, Chinese porcelain and superb paintings by Sir Henry Raeburn, Allan Ramsay and eminent Dutch artists. Sir Robert Lorimer designed the Hill of Tarvit gardens in 1906, with formal lawns, yew hedging, flowering borders of perennials, annuals and heathers, and a sunken rose garden. The walled garden to the north con...
Explore one of Scotland's finest Stately Homes 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 superb collection of portraits by Pompeo Batoni, William Mosman and the `Castles of Aberdeenshire´ series by James Giles. Haddo is noted for its fine furniture and artwork. It also boasts a delightf...
Step Back in Time and visit Royal Burgh of Culross 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 rooms are small and feature Menel pine panelling, murals and ceiling paintings. Many of the rooms have vaulted ceilings, which were built to support the upper floors. A model 17th century ga...
Explore the Beautiful Kellie Castle and Gardens 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 magnificent plaster ceilings, painted panelling and furniture designed by Sir Robert Lorimer, son of James Lorimer. In 1948 the castle was purchased by the sculptor Hew Lorimer, Sir Robert´s ...
Discover Generations of Family History at House of the Binns 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 collection of furniture mostly dates from the 18th and 19th century, also an excellent collection of family portraits and an interesting collection of porcelain. The Bible, sword a...
Commissioned by Walter Blackie, a Glasgow book publisher, The Hill House is one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's finest domestic accomplishments. Almost everything at The Hill House, from the building itself, down to the textiles, furniture and fittings, was created either by Mackintosh himself, or by his wife, the artist, Margaret Macdonald.
Discover the History of The Georgian House The Georgian House is part of Robert Adam´s masterpiece of urban design, in 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 Town. The first owner was John Lamont, 18th Chief of Clan Lamont, who lived here until 1815. The beautiful collections of china, shining silver, exquisite paintings and furniture all reflect the d...
Discover the secrets of this Beautiful Scottish Mansion 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 rococo interiors in Scotland. The house contains a fine collection of paintings, portraits and furnishings. The library was built in the early 18th century, and described by Dr Samuel Jo...
Discover the Beauty of Pollok House 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 paintings, which includes works by Blake, El Greco and Murillo. Also displays of silver, period ceramics and furnishings that were collected by Sir William Maxwell. It is the home to the world famous Burrel...
Thirlestane Castle is one of the oldest and finest inhabited castles in Scotland. The 16th-century building with its distinctive rose-pink stone and fairy tale
Traquair is Scotland's oldest inhabited House dating from 1107, and lived in by the Stuart family since 1491. Originally a Royal hunting lodge, with strong Jacobean and Catholic history, there is much to see within its walls. The House also has extensive informal gardens, with the largest hedged maze in Scotland, and it's own Traquair House Brewery.
Manderston is the supreme country house of Edwardian Scotland; the swansong of its era. Manderston, as it is today, is a product of the best craftsmanship and highest domestic sophistication the Edwardian era had to offer.
Abbotsford is the extraordinary home of Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century poet, novelist and ‘Great Scott' who popularised tartan, saved the Scottish banknote and rediscovered his country's Crown Jewels. From the deeply impressive entrance hall and the study where he penned some of his famous novels to the glorious formal gardens, it's a work of fabulous fantasy - a novel set in stone - which remains one of the most famous homes in the world. Scott's “conundrum castle” is where fact and f...
Perhaps one of the country's finest stately homes, Mellerstain House enchants visitors with its architecture, its interiors and its gardens.
The Perfect Family Day out at Bodrick Castle, Garden and Grounds A classic Victorian Scottish baronial style estate, the castle sits grandly overlooking Brodick Bay and the Firth of Clyde with Goatfell Mountain as backdrop. The grounds alone merit a visit, with woodland trails, wildlife ponds and lovely waterfalls punctuating your day out. Inside the castle are treasures galore – period furniture, silverware, sporting trophies, porcelain and paintings set the scene. There are special ...
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 furniture. The Georgian kitchen has recently been restored to working order and the magnificent Picture Gallery, the largest in a Scottish country house, contains over 70 paintings from the National Galleries of Scotland. There are two exciting a...
The ancestral and current home of the Duke of Roxburghe, Floors castle was built between 1721 and 1726 by Scottish architect William Adam. Open to the public for over 40 years, the stories of ten generations of the Roxburghe family are embellished by a treasure trove of furniture, tapestries, carpets and artwork.
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Discover the History of Culzean Castle and Country Park 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 and landscaped gardens, at the heart of which is an 18th century Scottish castle stuffed with treasures from around the world. Antique furniture and furnishings, porcelains, fine art and...
The location of Lindisfarne Castle, on Holy Island, is unsurpassable. From its Tudor origins as a stronghold to offer protection to the island to its use in Edwardian times as a retreat from the bustle of London, the Castle has been an atmospheric and intriguing location for centuries.
Explore an Extraordinary Victorian House and Gardens 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 rhododendrons and azaleas reach full bloom during May and June. Soaring high above are the magnificent spires of Armstrong´s transatlantic conifer collection which provides shelter to the estate´...
Explore the beautiful Wallington House and Gardens 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 Scott. On display are fine collections of ceramics, curiosities, stuffed birds, geological specimens and dolls houses. The 17th century garden has a walled garden, lawns, lakes, shrubberie...
Explore the Artist's Haven of Broughton House A visit to 18th century Broughton House offers an intimate insight into the former home of Glasgow Boy E A Hornel. His home is full with wonderful works that he and the other Glasgow Boys created. Plus pottery, sculpture, bronzes and period furniture and the whole house has been carefully maintained to give a real feel of what a successful artist's home was like in the early 20th century. Don't miss Hornel's library – it has well over 15,...
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 a family residence at the beginning of the 19th century, and an outstanding garden linking the two buildings. A mix of eclectic architecture Belsay Hall is a stately home like no other, explore the great room of the ruined medieval castle on the site and cla...
Discover Seaton Delaval Hall, A place of great theatre and drama Admiral Delaval commissioned Sir John Vanbrugh to build the hall in 1718. The house was the home of the Delaval family who were famous for the notoriously extravagant parties they threw in the Georgian period. The Hall was damaged by fire in 1822, but successive generations of the family, particularly the late Lord Hastings, undertook extensive repairs to ensure the Hall's survival.
Discover the manor house associated with the family of George Washington, first president of the USA 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 American support. The rooms are furnished in Jacobean style with a fine collection of oil paintings, delftware and heavily carved oak furniture. ...
Appleby Castle has its roots in Roman times and is one of the few Norman castles in the UK to have been lived in continuously since its construction. The ramparts dug in 1095, the Keep, portcullis door, inner bailey walls, round tower and great hall of this motte and bailey all form the character of this relic from medieval England.
Discover the fascinating History of Muncaster Castle, 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 Gothic vault. In the Dining Room, complete with restored leather wall-coverings, the family silver and an ornamental set of Derby porcelain are displayed. Florentine bronzes, fin...
Discover the Fascinating Sizergh Castle 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 furniture, culminating in the magnificent Inlaid Chamber. On display are collections of family portraits and ceramics that have been amassed over the centuries along with recent photographs. The castl...
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 and antique Cordova leather wall hangings. The earliest English patchwork is on display along with Napoleonic memorabilia and other fascinating objects. The world famous topiary gardens laid out by Monsieur Beaumont in 1694, can be seen along with ...
Bolton Castle is one of the Country's best preserved Medieval Castles, originally built as one of the finest and most luxurious homes in the land.
Lancashire's Leighton Hall is the family home of the Gillows, the noted furniture makers. Fascinating and enjoyable tours of the house are available, and there are glorious gardens and parkland to explore, as well as woodland trails. Afternoon teas are available, and there a regular displays of birds of prey.
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Discover the beautiful Nunnington Hall and Gardens 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 floors with a magnificent oak panelled hall and staircase is hung with French tapestries. A mixed collection of pictures, including mezzotints and watercolours, are on display. The family...
Discover the beautiful Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens One of the most soothing things to do on a warm afternoon in Georgian Beningborough Hall and Gardens near York is to take a gentle stroll through the stunning working walled garden where the gardeners will happily take a break to talk you through their borders and blooms. Paths in the grounds lead to all sorts of delights so take a meander and see where you end up. The house here is renowned for its amazing portrait collect...
Explore The Treasurer´s House in the centre of York The Treasurer´s House, named after the Treasurer of York Minster and built over a Roman Road, nestles behind the Minster and dates back to 1091. It was carefully restored, by the wealthy Victorian industrialist Frank Green, between 1897 and 1930. It has a huge hall with a half timbered gallery supported by classical columns, a fine carved and gilded 18th century chimney piece. The collection of 18th century furniture, china and glass...
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