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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
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
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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
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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.

Dunvegan Castle
Historic Houses Association Friends SchemeHudsons Heritage Awards - Winner

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)
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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.

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
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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.


Balvenie Castle


Balvenie Castle, Castle Road, Dufftown, AB55 4DH, Tel: 01340 820121

Originally the seat of the powerful Comyn earls of Buchan, Balvenie is a castle of enclosure with massive curtain wall.




Auchterarder, Perthshire, PH3 1PJ, Tel: 01764 682388

Gleneagles has been the home of the Haldane family since the 12th century. The 18th century pavilion is open to the public by written appointment


Colzium House & Walled Garden


Colzium House & Walled Garden, Colzium-Lennox Estate, off Stirling Road, Kilsyth, G65 0JF, Tel: 01236 823281

Colzium House is one of the jewels in North Lanarkshire's crown.


Kinross House


Woodside Avenue, Kinross, PH26 3JR, Tel: 01577 862900

Sir William Bruce’s masterpiece, Kinross House, is one of the most beautiful country properties in the United Kingdom and the first neoclassical Palladian mansion built in Scotland.


Craigdarroch House

Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, DG3 4JB, Tel: 01848 200202

Built by William Adam in 1729, over the old house dating from 14th century (earliest records).


Attadale Gardens


Attadale Gardens, Strathcarron, Wester Ross, IV54 8YX, Tel: 01520 722217

A Scottish Highland Garden In Wester Ross. Started by Baron Schroder in the late 19th century, hill paths meander through 20 acres of conifers and rhododendrons.


Beauly Priory


Beauly Priory, Beauly, The Square, Inverness, IV4 7BS, Tel: 01667 460 232

Located in the village of Beauly, the ruined church of a Valliscaulian priory, is one of three founded by the order in 1230. Part of the building was later rebuilt.


Dean Castle Country Park


Dean Castle Country Park, Dean Road, Kilmarnock, KA3 1XB, Tel: 01563 522702

Dean Castle, home and stronghold of the Boyd family for over 400 years, is open all year round to visitors and is one of Ayrshire’s greatest free attractions.


Hailes Castle


Hailes Castle, East Linton, EH41 4PY, Tel: 0131 6688800

A beautifully sited ruin incorporating a fortified manor of 13th century date, extended in the 14th and 15th centuries.


Dunninald, Castle and Gardens

Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Montrose, Angus, DD10 9TD, Tel: 01674 672031

Completed in 1824, Dunninald is a family home, designed by James Gillespie Graham in the gothic revival style. Guided tours explain the collections of furniture, paintings, displays of fine needlework, and memorabilia.


Weaver's Cottage


Weaver's Cottage, Shuttle Street, Kilbarchan, Johnstone, PA10 2JG, Tel: 01505 705588

Step into Weaver’s Cottage and be transported back to the days when Kilbarchan was at the heart of the thriving Scottish textile industry.


Amisfield Mains


Nr Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3SA, Tel: 01875 870201

Georgian farmhouse with gothic barn and cottage.


Candacraig Garden & Gallery


Candacraig Garden & Gallery, Strathdon, Grampian, AB36 8XT, Tel: 01975 651226

Candacraig House comprise woodland, early-20th-century informal gardens laid out with ponds, and ornamental shrubberies.


New Lanark World Heritage Site


New Lanark Mills, S Lanarkshire, ML11 9DB, Tel: 01555 661345

Close to the famous Falls of Clyde, this cotton mill village was founded in 1785 and became famous as the site of Robert Owen's radical reforms.


Burns Cottage


Burns Cottage, Alloway, Ayr, KA7 4PY, Tel: 01292 441215

Self-guided tours of Burns Cottage plus museum housing manuscripts, books, artefacts and artwork.


Bolfracks Garden


Aberfeldy, PH15 2EX, Tel: 01887 820344

Bolfracks Estate is a 4,000 acre privately owned family estate surrounded by the glorious arena of highland Perthshire.