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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
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
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.

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
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access

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.

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)
  • Children welcome
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Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve


Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve, Lynedoch, Main Street, Killin, FK21 8UW, Tel: 0844 493 2136

Ben Lawers is Scotland’s tenth highest Munro and the central Highlands' highest mountain, stretching 1,214m (3,984ft) above Loch Tay.


Cromarty Courthouse


Church Street, Cromarty, IV11 8XA, Tel: 01381 600418

This elegant Grade A listed former courthouse, built in 1773, now houses fascinating exhibitions about the historic town of Cromarty, which are FREE to visit.


Crarae Garden


Inveraray, PA32 8YA, Tel: 0844 493 2210

A beautiful woodland glen, on the banks of Loch Fyne,with tumbling waterfalls, trees and shrubs from all over the world. Particularly worth visiting in spring and autumn with amazing seasonal colour.


Barcaldine Castle


Barcaldine Castle, Argyll, Benderloch, Oban, PA37 1SA, Tel: 01631 720598

A warm welcome awaits you in the beautiful surroundings of Argyll’s only ancient castle, with bed and breakfast facilities.




Greywalls, Muirfield, Gullane, EH31 2EG, Tel: 01620 842144

Greywalls Hotel is uniquely situated on the edge of Muirfield championship golf course with stunning views over East Lothian and the Firth of Forth.


Dirleton Castle


Edinburgh, EH39 5ER, Tel: 01316 688844

For 400 years, Dirleton Castle stood as a magnificent fortress–residence for three successive noble families.


Elgin Cathedral


Elgin, IV30 1HU, Tel: 01343 547171

Elgin Cathedral is one of Scotland’s most beautiful Gothic cathedrals. It is the product of three main building phases, and even in its ruined state, plenty of detail survives as evidence of its development and embellishment.


Jarlshof Prehistoric & Norse Settlement


Shetland, ZE3 9JN, Tel: 01950 460112

Historic settlement that provides insight into life in the late Bronze Age, Iron Age, Pictish era, Norse era and the Middle Ages


Burrell Collection


Burrell Collection, Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow, G43 1AT, Tel: 0141 287 2550

In the heart of Pollok Country Park, this award-winning building houses a unique collection in a beautiful woodland setting.




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


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.


Tolquhon Castle


Tolquhon Castle, Ellon, AB41 7LP, Tel: 0131 668 8800

Noted for its highly ornamented gatehouse, Tolquhon is one of the most picturesque of the castles in the Grampian countryside.




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.


Duff House

Historic Scotland

Banff, AB45 3SX, Tel: 01261 818181

One of the finest houses built in Scotland, Duff House is a magnificent Georgian mansion designed by William Adam. Standing


Royal Yacht Britannia

Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Ocean Drive, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ, Tel: 0131 5555566

The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world.

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  • Rail station: Edinburgh Waverley (0 mile)
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Blairquhan Castle


Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland, KA19 7LZ, Tel: 01655 770239

Blairquhan Castle is a Grade A listed building situated in the heart of the Ayrshire countryside. This magnificent example of stunning Regency architecture is more than just a property or a venue; it is part of Scotland’s rich heritage.