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Historic Houses in Central, East & North East Scotland

Central, East & North East Scotland boasts a varied undulating countryside in which you can explore impressive castles, palaces, medieval burghs, charming villages, outstanding golf courses and famous distilleries. Historic Houses in Central, East & North East Scotland Royal Burgh of Culross and The Hill House, Helensburgh are listed below.
25 Results In Or Near Central, East & North East Scotland
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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 ...
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.
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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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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...
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