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Delgatie Castle

Turriff 01888 563479

 
 
 
Abbotsford

Melrose 01896 752043

 
 
 
Mellerstain House & Gardens, Scottish Borders

Gordon 01573 410225

 
 
 
 

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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)
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
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
 
 
 

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 & Gardens
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 enjoying 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: Kyle of Lochalsh (45 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
 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
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Cairnpapple Prehistoric Tombs

 

Cairnpapple Prehistoric Tombs, Cairnpapple Hill, Linlithgow, EH49 7AL, Tel: 01506 634622

Cairnapple Hill is one of the most important Stone Age religious monuments in Scotland. Prehistoric people conducted rituals on the site, which is 5000 years old.

 
 
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Bargany Gardens

 

Bargany Gardens, Girvan, KA26 9QL, Tel: 01465 871249

Bargany Gardens is an extensive 50 acre mature woodland garden with a fine show of azaleas and rhododendrons and magnificent fir trees.

 
 
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Falls of Glomach

 

Falls of Glomach, Ross-shire, nr Kyle of Lochalsh, IV40 8DN, Tel: 01599 511231

The Falls of Glomach is one of the highest waterfalls in Britain, with a drop of 113m (370ft), set in a steep narrow cleft in remote Highland country.

 
 
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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

 
 
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Glamis Castle

 
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Glamis By Forfar, Angus, DD8 1RJ, Tel: 01307 840393

Ancestral home of the Earls of Strathmore for over 600 years. Glamis is a living, breathing monument to Scottish hospitality; a place of enjoyment, reflection, laughter and wonder for all.

 
 
 
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Glenluce Abbey

 

Glenluce Abbey, Glenluce, DG8 0AF, Tel: 01581 300541

Founded around 1192, Glenluce is situated in a beautiful and peaceful valley. Visitors can see an exhibition of objects excavated on the site.

 
 
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Palace of Holyroodhouse

 

Edinburgh, EH8 8DX, Tel: 0131 556 5100

The Queen is in residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse during Holyrood week, which usually takes place from the end of June to the beginning of July.

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  • Rail station: Edinburgh Waverley (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
 
 
 
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Arbuthnott House & Garden

 

Arbuthnott, Laurencekirk, AB30 1PA, Tel: 01561 361226

In the heart of the Scottish countryside close to the sea and within easy reach of Royal Deeside and the Eastern Highlands, lies the Arbuthnott Estate, home of the Arbuthnott family for over 800 years and more than twenty-five generations.

 
 
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Clan Donald

 

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

Our magnificent 20,000 acre estate in south Skye offers an outstanding holiday experience – explore the historic gardens and woodland trails around Armadale Castle.

 
 
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Edzell Castle

 

Perthshire, DD9 7UE, Tel: 01316 688844

Edzell Castle is enchanting. The red sandstone castle walls, set amid pleasing green parkland, conjure up an image of a noble bygone age.

 
 
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The Doune of Rothiemurchus

 

By Aviemore, PH22 1QP, Tel: 01479 812345

The family home of the Grants of Rothiemurchus since 1560, was nearly lost as a ruin and has been under an ambitious repair programme since 1975.

 
 
 
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Dundonald Castle

 

Dundonald Castle, Dundonald, KA2 9HD, Tel: 01563 851489

Dundonald Castle is situated on a hill overlooking the village of Dundonald, between Kilmarnock and Troon in South Ayrshire, Scotland.

 
 
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Iona Abbey

 

Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SH, Tel: 01316 688844

This ancient holy place remains a vibrant centre of Christianity. Founded by St Columba in 563. Highlights include the abbey church, iconic high crosses, Columba’s shrine and the site of the saints writing cell.

 
 
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Newhailes

 

Newhailes Road, Musselburgh, EH21 6RY, Tel: 0844 493 2125

Newhailes is a fine 17th century house with impressive 18th century additions and interiors. Bought in the early 1700s by Sir David Dalrymple, the most remarkable addition was the library, which played host to many famous figures.

 
 
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Kiessimul Castle

 

Kiessimul Castle, Castlebray, Isle of Barra, HS9 5UZ, Tel: 01871 810449

The only significant surviving medieval castle in the Western Isles, seat of the Chiefs of Clan Macneil.

 
 
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Bannockburn Heritage Centre

 

Bannockburn Heritage Centre, Glasgow Road, Stirling, FK7 0LJ, Tel: 01786 812664

Audio-visual presentations and informative history exhibitions exploring the medieval battle site.