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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)
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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Dirleton Castle


Edinburgh, EH39 5ER, Tel: 01316 688844

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


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.


Cluny House


Aberfeldy, PH15 2JT, Tel: 01887 820795

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.