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Mansion Houses are one of Scotland’s great architectural heritages. Please select the area your interested in below to see Mansion House attractions in your area.
House for an Art Lover
The House for an Art Lover, located in Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, is a Mansion built between 1989 and 1996 based on an unrealized design by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret Macdonald. As with all of Mackintosh's designs, it is a masterpiece of architecture.
Lauriston Castle is a 16th-century tower house in Edinburgh, Scotland. Currently operated as a luxury hotel restaurant. The original house was built around 1590 by Lord Archibald Napier of Merchiston (the father of John Napier (1550-1617), inventor of logarithms). It was then acquired in 1683 by the Law of Brunton family of the Law of Lawbridge clan, which later became Law of Lauriston, baronet of Lauriston in Scotland and father of John Law of Lauriston, and marquis of Lauriston in France in the 19th century. The younger branch of this family kept the castle until 1823.
Home to the 7th Earl and Countess of Rosebury, this established mansion has stood since 1817.
Hopetoun House is an eighteenth-century castle in Scotland created in 1725. The Hopetoun House is about 20 miles west of Edinburgh, near South Queensferry.
Dalkeith Country Park
Dalkeith Country Park is a truly individual place. Just a few miles from Edinburgh, just off the city bypass, you'll find Fort Douglas Adventure Park and Restoration Yard Store, Restaurant and Wellness Lab. Plus, it's all set in 1,000 acres of beautiful parkland with marked walking and biking trails and a complete program of special events throughout the year.
Balmoral Castle is a large manor house situated halfway between the towns of Braemar and Ballater, on the banks of the River Dee, in the Scottish region of Aberdeenshire, also known as Royal Deeside. The property was purchased by Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Queen Victoria's husband, and remains a favorite summer residence of the British Royal Family.
Leith Hall and Garden
Leith Hall is a country house located in Kennethmount, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It was built in 1650 on the medieval Peill Castle and was the Leith-Hay family's home for nearly three centuries.
Visit the ancestral home of the Dalrymple family, taking in beauty the 17th-century Palladian villa and the surrounding grounds of Newhailes.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
This significant and architecturally stunning Palace has been the home to some of Scotland's most famous monarchs, standing just off the Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh.
Crathes Castle is a 16th-century castle located near the town of Banchory in Aberdeenshire, a region of northern Scotland. It was built by the Burnett family, who owned it for over 400 years.
Delgatie Castle is located in Aberdeenshire near Turriff, Scotland. The castle has stood on the site of Delgatie Castle from around 1050. Full of a personal history of the Clan Hay a great inside to Scotlands history.
Drum Castle is in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, known to be one of Scotland's oldest tower houses. You can admire Drum's exquisite chapel, built in the 1500s. The Royal Forest and Tower of Drum were given to the Irvine family by Robert the Bruce in 1323.
Duff House is the premier suburb of the National Galleries of Scotland, with a collection of exquisite paintings and furniture. Duff House is located in Banff and was designed by Scottish architect William Adam in the 18th century.
Dean Castle Country Park
Dean Castle and Country Park is an estate that covers over 200 acres in the heart of Kilmarnock. The Keep, dating back to 1350, is currently under restoration and is due to open in Summer 2021.
Abbotshouse is the extraordinary home of Sir Walter Scott, located near melrose in the Scottish Borders. The house is now run by a charitable trust dedicated to raising the profile of Sir Walter Scott's work.
Old Gala House
Old Gala House is an impressive and unusual building, its history and fortunes spanning five centuries.
Holmwood House is the most elegant and elaborate residential villa designed by the Scottish architect Alexander 'Greek' Thomson. It also distinguishes having retained much of its original interior decoration and is open to the public. The Grade A listed villa is located at 61-63 Netherlee Road, Cathcart, on the southern outskirts of Glasgow, and is managed by the National Trust for Scotland.
Pollok House is the family home of the Stirling Maxwell family, located in Pollok Country Park, Glasgow, Scotland. Pollok House is where it all began, in 1931. The considerations for the founding of the National Trust for Scotland took place inside Pollok's cedar-paneled smokehouse. Today, the house is undoubtedly one of the largest in our care.
Paxton House is a historic house in Paxton, Berwickshire, in the Scottish Borders, a few miles southwest of Berwick-upon-Tweed, bordering the River Tweed.
This bold medieval keep looks forbidding, but it’s full of art, riches, and intriguing tales. The 14th century tower was built to guard the strategically important ferry crossing located on the nearby River Forth.
Located in the nationally significant Callendar Park Historic Landscape, which contains a section of Antonine's Roman Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The house's permanent exhibitions are The Story of Callendar House, a history covering the 11th to 19th centuries, The Antonine Wall, Rome's Northern Frontier, and Falkirk: Crucible of Revolution 1750-1850, which tells the story of how the area was transformed in the first century of the industrial age.
Drumlanrig Castle is a Scottish castle in the Dumfries and Galloway district of Scotland and is a UK-listed building. The Duke of Buccleuch owns it. The building, built between 1679 and 1689 in pink sandstone, is typical of late 17th century Renaissance architecture. It was built on the site of a former Douglas fortress overlooking Nith Valley. The present castle has 120 rooms, 17 turrets, and four towers. It houses one of the two original versions of the painting The Madonna of the Spindles by Leonardo da Vinci and his workshop, stolen in 2003 but recovered and returned in 2007.
Ardkinglas Woodland Garden
The garden overlooks Loch Fyne and has a spectacular view with many champion trees, including one of the tallest trees in the UK and "Mightiest Conifer in Europe."
Colonsay House Garden
The Rhododendron and Woodland Garden at Colonsay House is regarded as one of the finest rhododendron gardens in Scotland. The private gardens and cafes at Colonsay House are open from April to September on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-5 pm. In October, the parks and restaurants are available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-4.30pm. The café serves delicious lunches and afternoon teas, everything is cooked on-site, and we use our local produce wherever possible. The entrance to the indoor gardens is charged at £3 per adult and £1 per child.
Abertarff is the oldest house in Inverness, an example of a turnpike street dwelling Built-in 1593. It was owned briefly by the Fraser of Lovat family, whose clansmen fought on the Jacobite side at the Battle of Culloden. Now it has been restored as a museum.
Explore a magnificent home to lords, ladies, and notables of the past 300 years, take in the view of New Town and admire stunning artwork in this 18th-century townhouse
Linlithgow Palace is a former royal residence in Scotland located at Linlithgow, West Lothian, about 25 km west of Edinburgh. Partly destroyed in the 18th century during the war between the Stuarts and the Duke of Cumberland's supporters, it is now one of Britain's national monuments.
House Of The Binns
The Binns House, or Binns for short, is a historic house located in West Lothian, Scotland. It is the seat of the Dalyell family.