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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.

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
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)
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
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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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.

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

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.


Malleny Garden


Malleny Garden, Blue Cottage, Balerno, EH14 7AF, Tel: 0131 449 2283

This hidden treasure is a walled garden surrounded by woodland, found just outside Balerno, a suburb of Edinburgh.


St Machar's Cathedral Transepts


St Machar's Cathedral Transepts, Old Aberdeen, AB24 1RQ, Tel: 0131 6688800

St Machar's welcome you and invite you to explore this ancient holy site which continues to be a living place of worship and witness to Christ in its own community and beyond.


Priorwood Garden & Dried Flower Shop


Melrose, TD6 9PX, Tel: 01896 822493

With an enviable setting in the ancient precinct of the magnificent 12th-century Melrose Abbey, this delightfully rustic walled garden has three distinct areas to explore.


House Of The Binns


Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7NA, Tel: 0844 493 2127

Historic home of the Dalyell family, it contains a fascination collection of portraits, furniture and procelain revealing their lives and interests through the centuries.


St Magnus Cathedral


St Magnus Cathedral, Broad Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1EN, Tel: 01856 874894

St Magnus Cathedral known as the 'Light in the North' was founded in 1137 by the Viking, Earl Rognvald, in honour of his uncle St Magnus.


Dundrennan Abbey


Dundrennan Abbey, Dumfries and Galloway, DG6 4QH, Tel: 01557 500262

Built in the latter half of the 12th century, the abbey was home to a community of Cistercian monks.


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.


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

Drumlanrig Castle


Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, DG3 4AQ, Tel: 01848 331555

If you like delving deep into history, soaking up the finest culture, exploring beautiful countryside – or adrenaline-fuelled mountain biking – you’ll love a day at Drumlanrig Castle.


Dryburgh Abbey


St Boswells, Melrose, TD6 0RQ, Tel: 01835 822381

A Place of Quiet Contemplation The graceful ruins of Dryburgh Abbey nestle in wooded seclusion beside the River Tweed.


Museum of Scottish Country Life


Museum of Scottish Country Life, Wester Kittochside, off Stewartfield Way, East Kilbride, G76 9HR, Tel: 01355 224181

A unique partnership between the National Trust for Scotland and National Museums Scotland, the museum combines an exhibition building (with shop and cafe) and the historic working farm of Wester Kittochside.


Cortachy Estate


Cortachy, Kirriemuir, Angus, DD8 4LX, Tel: 01575 570108

Countryside walks including access through woodlands to Airlie Monument on Tulloch Hill with spectacular views of the Angus Glens and Vale of Strathmore.

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  • Rail station: Dundee (23 miles)
  • Parking: free
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Linlithgow Palace

Scottish Thistle Awards

Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7AL, Tel: 0131 668 8844

The royal pleasure palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. The high towers look down over the palaces grounds - the Peel - and Linlithgow Loch, an important refuge for wildlife.


Dumfries House

Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Dumfries House, Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland, KA18 2NJ, Tel: 01290 425959

A Georgian Gem, nestling within 2,000 acres of scenic Ayrshire countryside in south-west Scotland.


Bardmony House


Bardmony House, Alyth, Blairgowrie, PH11 8NY, Tel: .

Bardmony House in Blairgowrie.