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Delgatie Castle

Turriff 01888 563479

 
 
 
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)
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
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
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 
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Corrieshalloch Gorge Nature Reserve

 

Corrieshalloch Gorge Nature Reserve, Lochalsh House (NTS), Balmacara, Kyle of Lochalsh, IV40 8DN, Tel: 01599 566325

Corrieshalloch may mean ‘Ugly Hollow’ in Gaelic, but there is nothing ugly about Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve, a deep tree-shrouded chasm and beauty spot that cuts through a Highland wilderness rich in flora and fauna.

 
 
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Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

 
The National Trust for Scotland

Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31 5QJ, Tel: 0844 493 2166

Fairytale-like turrets, gargoyles of fantastic design and the ancient Horn of Leys given in 1323 by Robert the Bruce are just a few of the features of this historic castle.

 
 
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Urquhart Castle

 
Historic Scotland

Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness, Inverness-shire, IV63 6XJ, Tel: 01456 450551

Discover 1,000 years of drama, experience a glimpse of medieval life and enjoy stunning views over Loch Ness. Climb the Grant Tower that watches over the iconic loch.

 
 
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Hirsel Estate

 

Coldstream, TD12 4LP, Tel: 01555 851536

In 1611, the first Earl of Home contracted to buy the Hirsel Estate from Sir John Kerr – although it was not until 1621 that King James VI finally granted the lands of Hirsel to James, the 2nd Earl of Home.

 
 
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Dunstaffnage Castle

 

Dunstaffnage Castle, Dunbeg, Oban, PA37 1PZ, Tel: 01631 562465

Built before 1275 on a huge rock overlooking the Firth of Lorn, Dunstaffnage was the mighty stronghold of the MacDougalls.

 
 
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Niddry Castle

 

Niddry Castle, Winchburgh, nr Edinburgh, EH52 6RP, Tel: 01506 891751

Niddry Castle is a fourteenth-century tower house near Winchburgh, West Lothian, Scotland.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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Maclellans Castle

 

Maclellans Castle, Castle Street, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway, DG6 4JD, Tel: 01557 331856

The remains of this late 16th century noble residence demonstrate how architecture evolved from the heavily defended tower house to a new more domestic, if grand, scale.

 
 
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Dirleton Castle

 

Edinburgh, EH39 5ER, Tel: 01316 688844

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

 
 
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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.

 
 
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Cluny House

 

Aberfeldy, PH15 2JT, Tel: 01887 820795

Explore this magical woodland garden and discover some of Perthshire’s most fascinating plants and wildlife.

 
 
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Altyre Estate

 

Altyre Estate, Forres, IV36 2SH, Tel: 01463 715585

A traditional estate with a contemporary approach to enterprise and the environment - and an eye always on the future.

 
 
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Gosford House

 
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Longniddry, East Lothian, EH32 0PX, Tel: 01875 870201

1791 the 7th Earl of Wemyss, aided by Robert Adam, built one of the grandest houses in Scotland, with a 'paradise' of lakes and pleasure grounds.

 
 
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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.

 
 
 
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Bemersyde Gardens

 

Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland, TD6 9DP, Tel: 01968 678465

16th century peel tower with its attached added-on mansion house. Gardens laid out by Field Marshal Earl Haig.

 
 
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Argyll's Lodging at Argyll’s Lodging

 

Stirling, FK8 1EG, Tel: 01786 450000

Argyll’s Lodging is Scotland’s most splendid and complete example of a 17th century townhouse.