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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
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.


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
  • Disabled access

Broch of Gurness


Broch of Gurness, Aikerness, Orkney, KW17 2NH, Tel: 01856 751414

A noted icon of Orkney’s rich archaeological heritage, the broch is one of the most outstanding surviving examples of a later prehistoric (Iron-Age) settlement that is unique to northern Scotland.


Lennoxlove House

Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 4NZ, Tel: 01620 828614

House to many of Scotland's finest artefacts, including the Death Mask of Mary, Queen of Scots, furniture and porcelain collected by the Douglas, Hamilton and Stewart families.


Brechin Castle


Brechin, Angus, DD9 6SG, Tel: 01356 624566

Dating from 1711 the Castle contains many family pictures and artefacts. Beautiful gardens.


Balmacara Estate & Lochalsh Woodland


Balmacara Estate & Lochalsh Woodland, Lochalsh House, Balmacara, Kyle of Lochalsh, IV40 8DN, Tel: 01599 566325

Covering 2,550 hectares (6,330 acres) on the Lochalsh peninsula, this traditional Highland crofting estate is a diverse mix of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes.


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.


Caerlaverock Castle

Historic Scotland

Glencaple, Dumfries, DG1 4RU, Tel: 01387 770244

With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock Castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold.


Edinburgh Castle

Historic Scotland

Castle Hill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG, Tel: 0131 225 9846

Edinburgh Castle, built on an extinct volcano, dominates the skyline of Scotland's capital city.


Dalkeith Country Park


Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, EH22 2NJ, Tel: 0131 654 1666

As you stroll beneath the oaks in the rambling Country Park, you may find it difficult to believe you are only five miles from the centre of Scotland’s capital city.


Halliwell's House Museum


Halliwell's Close, Market Place, Selkirk, TD7 4BC, Tel: 01750 20096

The Museum is situated in the very atmospheric Halliwell's Close.


Summerlee Industrial Museum


Summerlee Industrial Museum, Heritage Way, Coatbridge, ML5 1QD, Tel: 01236 638460

Summerlee, Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, formerly known as Summerlee Heritage Park, is an industrial museum in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, Scotland.


Barry Mill


Barry Mill, Barry, Carnoustie, DD7 7RJ, Tel: 01241 856761

Enjoy the splash of the waterwheel and the sound and smell of grinding corn in this picturesque 19th-century working mill.


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.


Balvaird Castle


Balvaird Castle, Castle Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1EJ, Tel: 01786 450 000

Balvaird Castle is perched on a hilltop overlooking the A912 as it makes its way over the eastern arm of the Ochil Hills, about a mile south of junction with the better known road leading through Glen Farg.


Seton Collegiate Church


Seton Collegiate Church, Longniddry, EH32 0BG, Tel: 01875 813334

Seton Collegiate Church is an impressive building with a welcoming atmosphere.


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.


No. 28 Charlotte Square


No. 28 Charlotte Square, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4ET, Tel: 0844 493 2100

This National Trust of Scotland building sits opposite the Georgian House in Charlotte Square. It is a wonderful example of the New Town architecture and has a relaxing restaurant/cafe from which to escape the busy West end.