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Mellerstain House & Gardens, Scottish Borders

Gordon 01573 410225

 
 
 
Abbotsford

Melrose 01896 752043

 
 
 
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Turriff 01888 563479

 
 
 
 

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Delgatie Castle

Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53 5TD, Tel: 01888 563479, Email

'Best Visitor Experience' Award Winner. Dating from 1030 the Castle is steeped in Scottish history yet still has the atmosphere of a lived in home.

 
 
 
Floors Castle
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Roxburghe Estates Office,, Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland, TD5 7SF, Tel: 01573 223333, Email

Explore the spectacular state rooms with outstanding collections of paintings, tapestries and furniture. Enjoy a hearty woodland or riverside walk to a stroll around the formal gardens.

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  • Rail station: Tweedbank (16 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Abbotsford
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

The Abbotsford Trust, Abbotsford, Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 9BQ, Tel: 01896 752043, Email

Much of the stunning gardens and landscape at Abbotsford remain as they were when author Sir Walter Scott created them between 1811 and 1825.

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  • Rail station: Tweedbank (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
Mellerstain House & Gardens, Scottish Borders
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Mellerstain, Gordon, Berwickshire, TD3 6LG, Tel: 01573 410225, Email

Listed by The Telegraph as one of Britain's best stately homes, Mellerstain is a unique example of both William and Robert Adam design, presenting a complete picture as it would have been some 240 years ago.

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  • Rail station: Tweedbank (14 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Traquair House
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Innerleithen, Peeblesshire, EH44 6PW, Tel: 01896 830323, Email

Dating back to 1107, Traquair was originally a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland. Later a refuge for Catholic priests in times of terror the Stuarts of Traquair supported Mary Queen of Scots and the Jacobite cause.

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  • Rail station: Galashiels, Scottish Borders (13 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Dunvegan Castle
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Dunvegan Castle, Isle Of Skye, Scotland, IV55 8WF, Tel: 01470 521206, Email

Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history on offer at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.

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  • Rail station: Dunvegan (0 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Drummond Castle Gardens
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Muthill, Crieff, Perthshire, PH7 4HZ, Tel: 01764 681433, Email

Scotland's most important formal gardens. The Italianate parterre is revealed from a viewpoint at the top of the terrace. First laid out in the 17th century and renewed in the 1950s.

 
 
 

Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, \nScottish Borders, TD8 6NX, Tel: 01450 870051, Email

Ferniehirst Castle, seat of the Clan Kerr, lies two miles south of Jedburgh in the picturesque Scottish Borders.

 
 
 
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Pluscarden Abbey

 

Pluscarden Abbey, Elgin, IV30 8UA, Tel: 01343 890257

Pluscarden Abbey is the home of a community of Catholic Benedictine monks. It is the only medieval monastery in Britain still inhabited by monks and being used for its original purpose.

 
 
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Bonawe Iron Furnace

 

Bonawe Iron Furnace, Taynuilt, PA35 1JQ, Tel: 01866 822432

The most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks in Britain, Bonawe was founded in 1753. Displays bring to life the industrial heritage of the area and illustrate how pig iron was made.

 
 
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Leith Hall and Gardens

 

Leith Hall and Gardens, Huntly, Cults, AB54 4NQ, Tel: 01464 831216

Leith Hall and Garden features extensive herbaceous borders and a fine collection of alpines and primulas in the rock garden.

 
 
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Kelburn Castle & Country Centre

 
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Fairlie, By Largs, Ayrshire, KA29 0BE, Tel: 01475 568685/568595

Kelburn is the home of the Earls of Glasgow and has been in the Boyle family for over 800 years. It is notable for its waterfalls, historic gardens, romantic glen and unique trees.

 
 
 
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Finlaystone

 

Finlaystone, Langbank, PA14 6TJ, Tel: 01475 540285

Finlaystone Country Estate, an established visitor attraction managed by the family of the Chief of the Clan MacMillan.The estate, with its spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde, is open all year.

 
 
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Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

 
The National Trust for Scotland

Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31 5QJ, Tel: 0844 493 2166

Fairytale-like turrets, gargoyles of fantastic design and the ancient Horn of Leys given in 1323 by Robert the Bruce are just a few of the features of this historic castle.

 
 
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Logan Botanic Garden

 

Logan Botanic Garden, Port Logan, Stranraer, DG9 9ND, Tel: 01776 860231

Logan Botanic Garden lies at the south-western tip of Scotland and is unrivalled as the country's most exotic garden.

 
 
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Balgonie Castle

 

Balgonie Castle, Markinch, KY7 6HQ, Tel: 01592 750119

Balgonie Castle is situated in the heart of the Kingdom of Fife. The original tower was built around 1296-1300 by a Knight, Sir Robert Sibbald.

 
 
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Dunkeld

 

Perthshire Area Office, 11 The Cross, Dunkeld, PH8 0AN, Tel: 01350 727460

Dunkeld and Birnam is one of the best preserved historic towns in Scotland, while around it is a fantastic choice of walks and rides in breathtaking surroundings.

 
 
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Armadale Castle Gardens

 

Armadale Castle Gardens, Armadale, Sleat, Isle of Skye, IV45 8RS, Tel: 01471 844305

rmadale Castle Gardens and the Museum of the Isles can be found just ¾ of a mile from from the terminal for the Mallaig ferry at Armadale.

 
 
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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

 

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD, Tel: 0131 6246200

Come face to face with Scotland, past and present, at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

 
 
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Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot

 

Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot, East Linton, EH40 3DS, Tel: 01620 860426

Preston Mill, with its distinctive Dutch style conical-roof, was East Lothian’s last working water mill.

 
 
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Mount Stuart

 
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Isle Of Bute, PA20 9LR, Tel: 01700 503877

One of the World's finest houses - Mount Stuart is a stupendous example of Victorian Gothic architecture, set amidst 300 acres of gloriously landscaped gardens encompassing Victorian Pinetum, arboretum and wondrous woodlands.

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  • Rail station: Wemyss Bay (6 miles)
  • Children welcome
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Bemersyde Gardens

 

Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland, TD6 9DP, Tel: 01968 678465

16th century peel tower with its attached added-on mansion house. Gardens laid out by Field Marshal Earl Haig.

 
 
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Maybole Castle

 

Maybole Castle, High Street, Maybole, KA19 7BX, Tel: 01655 883765

The Castle is the oldest inhabited house in the town having been built about the middle of the sixteenth century (no exact date can be given but it is believed to be around 1560).

 
 
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Kilchurn Castle

 

Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Dalmally, PA33 1AJ, Tel: 01786 431323

Castle ruins of former Clan Campbell stronghold, with Loch Awe views from tower house battlements.