Historic Houses in Southern Scotland.

Abbotsford House
Abbotsford is the house built and lived in by Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century novelist, and author of timeless classics such as Waverley, Rob Roy, Ivanhoe and The Lady of the Lake.
Alloa Tower
Alloa Tower is all that remains of a historic ancestral manor house, destroyed by fire in 1800. Its 11-ft-thick walls allow a unique opportunity for visitors to walk on the roof and enjoy the spectacular views.
Argyll's Lodging
Please note access is by pre-booked guided tour only through arrangement with Stirling Castle.
Arniston House
Arniston is privately owned by descendants of the Dundas family who purchased the land in 1571. The present mansion house was commenced in 1726 by William Adam and completed by his son John , brother of the famous Robert, in the 1750's.
Ayton Castle
Ayton Castle's imposing silhouette is often glimpsed by passengers on express trains speeding north from Berwick-upon-Tweed towards Edinburgh. Its mighty tower, bartisans and crowstepped gables look satisfying foreign to the English visitor.
Bachelors' Club
Follow in the steps of Robert Burns when you visit this fascinating 17th-century thatched house where he and his friends formed a debating club in 1780.
Bowhill House & Country Estate
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
An 18th-century house of the Murrays of Broughton and Cally, which was bought by E A Hornel, the renowned artist and member of the 'The Glasgow Boys'.
Burns House
It was in this simple sandstone house in a quiet Dumfries street that Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, spent the last years of his brilliant life.
Callendar House
Have a grand day out at Callendar House in Falkirk. Situated amidst magnificent park and woodland, Callendar House tells stories spanning almost 2000 years
Culzean Castle & Country Park
The range of interests and activities at Culzean provides a perfect day out for the family.
Dalmeny House
When Dalmeny House was completed in 1817, it marked a great departure in Scottish architecture; its Tudor Gothic style, with its highly-decorated chimneys and crenellations, looked back toward fanciful 16th-century English mansions, such as Hampton Court.
Falkland Palace
The Royal Palace of Falkland, set in the heart of a unique medieval village, was the country residence and hunting lodge of eight Stuart monarchs, including Mary, Queen of Scots.
Finlaystone Country Estate
Welcome to Finlaystone with its spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde. We hope you will find something for everyone here, whatever the season.
Georgian House (Edinburgh)
The Georgian House is part of Robert Adam's masterpiece of urban design, Charlotte Square. It dates from 1796, when those who could afford it began to escape from the cramped, squalid conditions of Edinburgh's Old Town.
Gladstone's Land
Gladstone's Land was the home of a prosperous Edinburgh merchant, Thomas Gledstanes, in the 17th century. But Gledstanes also let out parts of the building to different tenants.
Greenbank Garden
Within easy reach of city dwellers, this unique walled garden contains a collection of designs of particular interest to suburban gardeners. These include a parterre layout, fountains and a woodland walk.
Greenhill Covenanters House
Greenhill is a place where time has been made to stand still taking us back from the time when King James VI travelled south of the border to his new kingdom to the time over a century later when the two kingdoms were united.
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.
Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse & Garden
This fascinating mansion house, built in 1906, reflects the period 1870 - 1920 when Scotland was the industrial workshop of the world.
Holmwood House
Holmwood has been described as Alexander 'Greek' Thomson's finest domestic design. It was built in 1857-8 for James Couper who, with his brother Robert, owned Millholm Paper Mills on the banks of the River Cart.
House of the Binns
An Edinburgh butter merchant, Thomas Dalyell, who had made his fortune at the court of King James VI and I in London, built the House of the Binns between 1612 and 1630.
John Knox House
John Knox House has been the outstanding building in Edinburgh's historic Netherbow for over five hundred years.
Kelburn Castle & Country Centre
Kelburn Castle provides an impressive background to exotic gardens, famous trees and many features of historical interest.
Kellie Castle
This very fine example of domestic architecture in Lowland Scotland dates from the 14th century and was sympathetically restored by the Lorimer family in the late 19th century.
Lauriston Castle
A country mansion situated five miles west of the city centre, it stands in extensive grounds overlooking the Firth of Forth.
Lennoxlove House
Lennoxlove, dating from the 14th century is the home of the Duke of Hamilton, Scotland's premier Duke.
MacLellan's Castle
MacLellan's Castle is a castellated town house, which was built in the 1750s.
Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre
This impressive 16th century house, set in a garden of pear trees, interprets the tragic life and times of Mary Queen of Scots.
Mellerstain
Mellerstain, one of Scotland's great Georgian houses was begun in 1725 by William Adam and completed several years later by his famous son, Robert.
Mount Stuart
Mount Stuart, a spectacular Victorian Gothic house, is the magnificent architectural fantasy of the 3rd Marquess of Bute (1847-1900) and the Scottish architect Robert Rowland Anderson.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Palace of Holyroodhouse, official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen, stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat.
Paxton House
Built in 1758 to the design of John Adam for the dashing Scottish Laird, Patrick Home of Billie, Paxton House is the finest eighteenth century Palladian Country House in Britain.
Pollok House
Pollok House is an elegant country house situated in the tranquil surroundings of Pollok Country Park.
Royal Burgh of Culross
This picturesque Royal Burgh on the northern shore of the Forth is a complete community, preserved as it was in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Souter Johnnie's Cottage
The inspiration for the character Souter Johnnie, Tam's 'ancient, trusty, drouthy crony' in Burns' poem Tam O'Shanter, was John Davidson, the real-life souter (shoemaker) who lived and worked in this cottage.
Tenement House
Here is a typical Victorian tenement flat of 1892, a fascinating time capsule of the first half of the 20th century.
Thirlestane Castle
Thirlestane, one of the oldest and finest castles in Scotland is set in lovely Border hills at Lauder, 28 miles south of Edinburgh and 68 miles north of Newcastle, on the A68.
Thomas Carlyle's Birthplace
Thomas Carlyle may have rubbed shoulders with Darwin, Dickens and Thackeray, but he never forgot his roots and insisted that his final resting place should be Ecclefechan, the village where his birthplace still stands.
Torosay Castle & Gardens
A beautiful and welcoming Victorian family home surrounded by 12 acres of spectacular gardens.
Traquair House
Visit romantic Traquair where Alexander I signed a charter over 800 years ago and where the 'modern wings' were completed in 1680.
Weaver's Cottage
This typical 18th-century handloom weaver's cottage contains the last example of the 800 looms working in the village of Kilbarchan in the 1830s.

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