Stately Homes, Castles and Gardens to Visit in Scotland

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From the east gateway on the Crieff Muthill road, visitors drive up the long beech avenue to the car park and then walk to the outer castle court. On passing into the inner courtyard and attaining the top of the terracing the full extent and majesty of th... read more
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Dirnanean is a 1.5 hectare garden with 7 hectares of recently replanted and restored Policies and over a mile of Burn Walk undergoing restoration; rising into the magnificent surrounding hill scenery at 1,000 feet above sea level.

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Rammerscales - Scotland
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A neat, square ashlar Georgian house with a cornice and balustrade and a loggia with Tuscan pillar; unaltered since it was built in 1760 and with wide views over Annandale. The long gallery completed in the 1770s was converted in the 19th century to house... read more
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A garden has existed at Ardchattan since the thirteenth century, when the Priory was founded by the monks of the Valliscaulian order. Today's layout mainly has developed since the Victorian era, although a few names and features remind one of its monastic... read more
Arniston House - Scotland
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Important Scottish Palladian house by William Adam, begun in 1726. Elegant central block balanced by flanking pavilions. The fine external finish is complemented by the excellence of the early baroque stucco work by the Dutch craftsman, Joseph Enzer. Fami... read more
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Family home since 1546 to Macpherson-Grants, who founded the famous Aberdeen Angus cattle. Outstanding example of Scottish baronial architecture, with 19th century wings added to the main 16th century fabric. Collection of 17th century Spanish paintings. ... read more
Blair Castle - Scotland
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Located at the gateway to Cairngorms National Park, Blair Castle sits at the heart of 145,000 acre Atholl Estates. Fortress home of the Dukes of Atholl from the Castle's commencement in 1269. Visitors can immerse themselves in 700 years of family history... read more
Bowhill - Scotland
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Borders home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, mostly dating from 1812. World-renowned art collection and superb furniture and porcelain. The Monmouth Room contains many relics of the ill-fated Duke of Monmouth. Completely restored Victorian Kitchen. ... read more
Drumlanrig Castle - Scotland
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Four-square, red sandstone mansion with turreted silhouette and sweeping forecourt towering above the Nith Valley, rebuilt by Sir William Bruce for the 1st Duke of Queensbury in 1645-88, with renowned art collection including work by Leonardo and Rembrand... read more
Brechin Castle - Scotland
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Dating from 1711 the Castle contains many family pictures and artefacts. Beautiful gardens.

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Castle Leod - Scotland
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Castle Leod, a Grade A listed building, was probably started by a Viking chief called Leod in the late 12th century. We know that the walls and lower ground floor including the kitchen and dungeon are early 14th century. The current roof and probably top ... read more
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Quintessential Scottish fortress home in vernacular style dating from the 1370s when William, 3rd Thane of Cawdor, began the central tower house. 'Bottle dungeon', old kitchens and 18th century rooms with good furniture and portraits.

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Corehouse - Scotland
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Designed by Sir Edward Blore and built in the 1820s, Corehouse is a pioneering example of the Tudor architectural revival in Scotland.

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Dalmeny House - Scotland
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Tudor gothic revival mansion and home of the Earls of Rosebery. One of the greatest treasure houses of Scotland, including the pick of the Rothschild Mentmore collection (fine 18th century French furniture), the 5th Lord Rosebery's Napleonic collection an... read more
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Dunninald is a family home, completed in 1824 by the architect James Gillespie Graham in the Gothic Revival Style. Guided tours explain the collections of furniture, paintings and displays of fine needlework, photographs and memorabilia. In May extensiv... read more
Dunrobin Castle - Scotland
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One of Scotland's oldest inhabited houses, and the most northerly of its great castles. Although the keep dates from 1300, the exterior was romantically remodelled by Sir Charles Barry in 1845 and many of the interiors by Sir Robert Lorimer after a fire i... read more
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Any visit to the Isle of Skye would be incomplete without savouring the wealth of history offered by Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch Dunvegan, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland a... read more
Floors Castle - Scotland
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Home of the Duke of Roxburghe, built in 1721 to designs by William Adam and remodelled on baronial style by Playfair 1838-49, this immense and palatial house contains fine French furniture, porcelain and paintings. James II of Scotland was killed in the g... read more
Glamis Castle - Scotland
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Royal residence of the Lyon family since 1372 and legendary setting of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. Rebuilt in elaborate, turreted French chateau style in late 17th century incorporating some 14th century work, it is spectacular. Fine furnishings, paintings a... read more
Hirsel, The - Scotland
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500 acre Park with lake and river. Noted for its spectacular rhododendron/azalea wood at its best in late May/early June and daffodils in April, depending on the weather. A haven for ducks and summer migrants. Craft shops and tea room.

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Hopetoun House - Scotland
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Hopetoun House is a unique gem of Europe's architectural heritage and undoubtedly 'Scotland's Finest Stately Home'. Situated on the shores of the Firth of Forth, it is one of the most splendid examples of the work of Scottish architects Sir William Bruce ... read more
Pitmuies Gardens - Scotland
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Walled gardens adjoin 18th century house and 1643 dovecote. Borders of delphiniums (older varieties grown for 70 years), perennials and old roses protected by yew hedges. River and loch walks with rowans and maples, many from Japanese or American seed. <... read more
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The present castle was built between 1745 and 1790 on the instructions of the 3rd Duke of Argyll to designs by Roger Morris to replace a 15th century fortified keep. The interiors were planned by Robert Mylne for the 5th Duke. A third floor and the conica... read more
Manderston - Scotland
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Fine Edwardian country house rebuilt 1903-05 for Sir James Miller who instructed the architect, John Kinross, 'to spare no expense'. Interiors in Adam style, including the silver staircase modelled on Versailles' Petit Trianon. The apogee of life before ... read more
Mellerstain House - Scotland
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Robert Adam's first important commission in Scotland and, although adorned with castellations and linking two earlier pavilions ( by Adam's father, William), Mellerstain is essentially a Georgian house. Its interior Adam decoration is one of Scotland's to... read more
Monzie Castle - Scotland
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Monzie Castle is a large castellated mansion which incorporates a small early 17th-century L-plan tower house, much extended and remodelled in 1791. It was a property of the Campbells from early times until 1869, when it was sold to the Johnstones of Lath... read more
Gosford House - Scotland
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Mansion in striking maritime situation designed in Roman Thermae style by Robert Adam. His equally monumental wings were subsequently demolished, but replaced in 1890 by William Young. Interior includes famous Marble Hall (of Staffordshire alabaster). Out... read more
Scone Palace - Scotland
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Built on the site of Scone Abbey and incorporating the medieval bishops' palace and Moot Hill, place of coronation for Scottish Kings, and extended in gothic style from 1803. Superb collection of objets d'art, including items of Marie Antoinette bought by... read more
Traquair House - Scotland
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Oldest inhabited house in Scotland, originally a royal hunting lodge and now a 17th century mansion on medieval foundations. Historic treasures with strong associations with Mary Queen of Scots (including her rosary and crucifix) and Jacobite risings. Res... read more
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NB this property does not offer free access to HHA Friends and Members.

Nestling in the gentle Border Hills, with its rose pink sandstone and fairytale turrets, Thirlestane Castle holds a uniquely important place in Scottish History.... read more
Sorn Castle - Scotland
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The pink sandstone castle, dating from the 14th century and with 18th and 19th century additons, towers over the River Ayr and contains fine Scottish paintings.

Features: Expansive 18th century gardens include rhododendrons, azaleas and har... read more
Bughtrig - Scotland
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A traditional Scottish family garden combining herbaceous plants, shrubs, annuals and fruit. Fine specimen trees. Small picnic area. Special arrangements possible for groups to view Georgian house.

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Newliston - Scotland
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Late Robert Adam house. 18th century designed landscape, rhododendrons, azaleas and water features. Also on Sundays there is a ride-on steam model railway from 2 - 5pm. An inventory of chattels not on public display can be inspected and such chattels can ... read more
Penicuik House - Scotland
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Ruined Palladian mansion built in 1765 by Sir James Clerk 3rd Bt. of Penicuik and extended in 1857. Destroyed by fire in 1899 and now consolidated as a ruin as one of the finest examples of classical Palladian architecture in Scotland.

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Paxton House - Scotland
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Built for Patrick Home, a young Scottish laird, Paxton House is one of the finest 18th century Palladian country houses in Britain, featuring Adam interiors and fine collections of Chippendale and Trotter furniture. Includes the largest picture gallery in... read more
Brunstane House - Scotland
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Brunstane lies within the boundaries of the city of Edinburgh. Parts of the house date from the early 14th century. Whilst in the ownership of the Duke of Lauderdale, Brunstane was extended and remodelled in the 17th century by Sir William Bruce, also arc... read more
Kelburn Castle - Scotland
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Home of the Boyle family since 1140, the early Norman keep was greatly enlarged in 1581, and a fine William and Mary mansion was added by the 1st Earl of Glasgow in 1700. It was further extended in 1879 by the 6th Earl. Memorabilia from New Zealand and th... read more
Mertoun - Scotland
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26-acre gardens overlooking River Tweed with borders, shrub roses and azaleas. Specimen trees probably date to house's construction under Sir William Bruce. Paths wind all through gardens (including 1567 dovecote) to arboretum and walled kitchen garden. ... read more
Abbotsford - Scotland
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One of the first examples of Scottish romantic baronial revival architecture built by Sir Walter Scott on the proceeds of his famous Waverley novels. Abbotsford is filled Scott’s outstanding personal library of rare and unusual books, together with extrao... read more
Craigdarroch - Scotland
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Built by William Adam in 1729, over the old house dating from the 14th century (earliest records). The marriage home of Annie Laurie, the heroine of 'the world's greatest lovesong', who married Alexander Fergusson, 14th Laird of Craigdarroch, in 1720 and ... read more
Duart Castle - Scotland
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Standing high on rocks above the eastern entrance to the Sound of Mull, the castle is home to the chiefs of the Macleans of Duart. The keep was built in the 13th century, possibly within even older walls. Burnt by the English in 1758, it was restored in 1... read more
Mount Stuart - Scotland
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One of the marvels of high Victorian gothic architecture. The 3rd Marquess of Bute, a convert to the Roman church and scholarly aesthete, called in the architect Sir Robert Rowand Anderson in 1880 to build a new mansion which in red sandstone combined Ven... read more
Lennoxlove House - Scotland
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A strong and well preserved keep or Pele tower - with suitably rugged interiors - is at the heart of this delightful castle which was extended in the 17th century into a more comfortable house, now containing the Dukes of Hamilton collection of pictures, ... read more
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Widely recognised as the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan sits majestically at the point where three great lochs meet. The site has been fortified for at least 800 years and although partially destroyed during a Jacobite uprising in 1719... read more
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16th century peel tower with its attached added-on mansion house. Gardens laid out by Field Marshal Earl Haig.

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Fingask Castle - Scotland
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The trees, the topiary, the numerous statues, the magnificent views, the holy well, the great lawns around the castle combine to provide a secluded country atmosphere a mere 15 minutes drive from Dundee airport and one hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Fro... read more
Portmore Gardens - Scotland
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Portmore Gardens and its surrounding woodlands were created by Colin Mackenzie in the 19th Century who built the existing Mansion House designed by David Bryce. By 1985 the house and grounds were in a state of total neglect. The formal Victorian garden h... read more
Skaill House - Scotland
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Overlooking the spectacular Bay of Skaill, Skaill House is the finest 17th Century mansion in Orkney. Home of William Graham Watt, 7th Laird of Breckness, who unearthed the World famous neolithic village of Skara Brae in 1850.

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Image: © Ray Cox Photography

Gallery House, designed and built by the Edinburgh contractor Thomas Wilkie, in 1677-1682, is the best preserved of a group of symmetrical later seventeenth and earliest eighteenth century houses with towers fla... read more
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The Castle of Mey, built in the 1560s, was bought by The Queen Mother in 1952. She restored the castle and created the beautiful gardens that can be seen today. ... read more
Dumfries House - Scotland
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Commissioned by William Crichton Dalrymple, the 5th Earl of Dumfries, Dumfries House is Robert Adam's most important early work. With over 600 items of furniture, many of which remain in situ as designed and intended for the house, the Dumfries collection... read more
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Located in one of Scotland’s finest sporting estates, Gordon Castle is a 15th Century exclusive use venue situated in the heart of Malt Whisky country, alongside the River Spey, in Fochabers, Moray. We offer a range of luxury services for our discerning ... read more
Carolside - Scotland
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A late 18th century, Grade B listed mansion set in beautiful parkland, flanked by wooded hills, nestling in a bend of the River Leader

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Traditional, comprising lawns, shrubberies, mixed borders, a Secret garden, a Wi... read more
Dunnottar Castle - Scotland
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Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland on the north-east coast of Scotland, about 3 kilometres south of Stonehaven. The surviving buildings are largely of the 15th and 16th centuries, but the site is believed to have ... read more