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Mellerstain House & Gardens, Scottish Borders

Gordon 01573 410225

 
 
 
 
 
Delgatie Castle

Turriff 01888 563479

 
 
 
Abbotsford

Melrose 01896 752043

 
 

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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.

 
 
 
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
 
 
 
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)
 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
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
 
 
 
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
 
 
 

Brechin Castle

 

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

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

 
 

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.

 
 

Unst & Yell

 

Shetland, ZE2 9UT, Tel: 01463 232034

Unst & Yell in Shetland.

 
 

Kildrummy Castle

 

North and Grampian, AB33 8RA, Tel: 01316 688844

The great castle of Kildrummy was the stronghold of the Earls of Mar.

Although ruined, it remains a fine example of a 13th century castle with its curtain wall, four round towers, hall and chapel.

 
 

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.

 
 

Balhousie Castle

 

Balhousie Castle, Hay Street, North Inch Park, Perth, PH1 5HR, Tel: 0131 3108530

Balhousie Castle, located in Perth, Scotland, dates to 1631, though its origins are believed to go back a further three hundred years.

 
 

Auchindrain Township

 

Auchindrain Township, Auchindrain, Inveraray, PA32 8XN, Tel: 01499 500235

Learn about the history, events, news and latest stories from the Township and community of Auchindrain

 
 

Crimonmogate

 

Lonmay, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 8SE, Tel: 01346 532401

Situated in Aberdeenshire, Crimonmogate is a Grade A listed mansion house and one of the most easterly stately homes in Scotland.

 
 

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.

 
 

Dunkeld

 

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.

 
 

Castle Fraser & Garden

 
Historic Scotland

Sauchen, Inverurie, AB51 7LD, Tel: 0131 243 9300

Castle Fraser is an atmospheric baronial castle dating back to the 15th century and was the ancestral home of the Fraser family.

 
 

Duart Castle

 
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Isle Of Mull, Argyll, PA64 6AP, Tel: 01680 812309

Duart Castle is a 13th century fortress, brought back to life 100 years ago by Sir Fitzroy Maclean. Today, it remains the family home of the Chief of the Clan Maclean.

 
 
 

Inveresk Lodge Garden

 

Inveresk Lodge Garden, 24 Inveresk Village, Musselburgh, EH21 7TE, Tel: 0131 6651855

Tucked away behind stone walls in the charming village of Inveresk, this delightful hillside garden offers an oasis of calm and a year-round feast for the senses.

 
 

Smailholm Tower

 
Historic Scotland

Smailholm, Kelso, TD5 7PG, Tel: 01573 460365

Home to the Pringles and Scotts, Smailholm is a prominent landmark that proved inspirational to Sir Walter Scott who is buried at nearby Dryburgh Abbey.

 
 

Balmoral Castle (grounds & Exhibitions)

 

Balmoral, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5TB, Tel: 013397 42534

Scottish home to The Royal Family. Ballroom, grounds and exhibitions, large Cafe seating 120, quality gift shop.

 
 

Elcho Castle

 

Perth, PH2 8QQ, Tel: 01738 639998

Elcho Castle is one of Scotland’s best-preserved 16th-century tower houses. It was built around the time of the Protestant Reformation in 1560 by a member of the family of Wemyss of that Ilk.