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Historic Houses

Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse & Garden   

The present house was virtually rebuilt in 1906 by Sir Robert Lorimer for Mr F B Sharp to form a suitable setting for his notable collection which includes French, Chippendale-style and vernacular furniture.

Holmwood House   

Holmwood has been described as the finest domestic design by Alexander 'Greek' Thomson.

House of the Binns   

The House of the Binns is the historic home of the Dalyells, among them General Tam Dalyell who raised the Royal Scots Greys here in 1681.

Kelburn Castle & Country Centre   

History, Beauty, Mystery, Adventure! The home and estate of the Earls of Glasgow. Have you explored The Secret Forest yet?

Kellie Castle   

Kellie Castle is a very fine example of the domestic architecture of Lowland Scotland.

Lauriston Castle   

City of Edinburgh Museums and Galleries.


The beautiful Lennoxlove House, Home of the Duke of Hamilton, just 20 miles from Edinburgh is the perfect historical location for weddings or corporate events of any kind.


Mellerstain is a Georgian stately home situated in the Scottish Borders and open to the public.

Mount Stuart House & Gardens   

During the nineteenth century Britain witnessed a Gothic architectural revival. Across the land buildings rose, Cathedral like, as monuments to an obsession with the medieval past.

Pollok House   

Pollok House built in 1740 contains a famous collection of porcelain, paintings and furnishings.

Royal Burgh of Culross   

This small royal burgh on the north shore of the Forth provides a striking introduction to Scottish domestic life in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Souter Johnnie's Cottage   

The home of John Davidson, village souter (shoemaker), who was the original Souter Johnnie of Robert Burns' Tam o' Shanter.

Tenement House   

This first-floor flat is a typical late Victorian Glasgow tenement.

Torosay Castle & Gardens   

A visit to Torosay Castle and Gardens set on the magnificent Island of Mull is an experience not to be missed.

Traquair House   

A tour of Traquair Castle, originally owned by the kings of Scotland. It later became the home of the Earls of Traquair and is still lived in by their decendants, the Maxwell Stuart family.

Weaver's Cottage   

This typical 18th-century handloom weaver's cottage houses the last of the 800 looms working in this village in the 1830s.

Alloa Tower   

Dating from the 1300s, Alloa Tower is one of the largest surviving medieval tower houses.

Argyll's Lodging   

A superb mansion built around an earlier core in about 1630 and further extended by the Earl of Argyll in the 1670s.

Bachelors' Club   

In this 17th-century thatched house, Robert Burns and friends formed a debating club in 1780.

Bowhill House & Country Park   

The Scottish Borders home of the Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry KT, is in the centre of an extensive estate of hills and valleys where history and landscape combine to provide a unique experience.

Broughton House   

18th-century town house of the Murrays of Broughton and Cally, which was bought in 1901 by E A Hornel, the renowned artist and member of 'The Glasgow Boys'.

Callendar House   

Enjoy a tour of one of Scotland's finest country houses.

Carlyle's Birthplace   

The Arched House, in which Thomas Carlyle was born on 4 December 1795 - Carlyle was a great writer and historian and one of the most powerful influences on 19th-century British thought.

Ellisland Farm   

Scottish poet Robert Burns lived at Ellisland Farm in Dumfries and Galloway - now one of the most popular Burns visitor attractions and museums in Scotland

Falkland Palace   

The Royal Palace of Falkland was the country residence of the Stuart kings and queens when they hunted deer and wild boar in the Fife forest.

Finlaystone Country Estate   

Finlaystone is a large country estate near Glasgow, seat of the current Chief of the Clan MacMillan. It is situated near Langbank, just 10 minutes west of Glasgow International Airport.

Georgian House (Edinburgh)   

The Georgian House is part of Robert Adam's masterpiece of urban design, Charlotte Square.

Gladstone's Land   

Gladstone's Land is a typical example of a 17th-century tenement building of the overcrowded Edinburgh Old Town.

Hill House   

The finest of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's domestic creations, The Hill House sits high above the Clyde commanding fine views over the river estuary.

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