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A list of Scotland Mansions to Visit with websites, images, postcodes, telephone numbers and links to maps and reviews.

Mansions in Scotland were built from the late 1700s as Scotland had become a safer place, with law and order putting an end to Clan feuds, and no more battles with England. The mansions were built to replace castles in vast estates. Some were built onto the side of tower houses, some built around tower houses, and some built as castellated mansions, that looked like castles, but had little defense. At that time, the first world explorers were bringing back exotic plants and trees from around the world. Most estates had many of these plants and trees grown around the mansions, making them some of the most interesting places in the UK to this day.

The vast estates had been awarded to families or clans by Scottish Kings, as far back as the 1200s, as a reward for that family's support in battles. These estates were divided into many farms that paid rent, and the farmers had to fight for the land owners when called on. The rent from the farms allowed the building of grand castles, and later mansions, along with funding a grand life style. By the mid 1900s, a law had been passed to give farmers the right to buy their farms. This gave the estates a large amount of cash for a short time.

Once the money from the sale of farms had been used, many estates found they no longer had enough income to fund the running of the grand houses, and their expensive life styles. Most estates by the late 1900s, had been reduced to only a few hundred acres around the mansions or castles. Many estates have since been sold to successful businessmen, or opened to the public as museums to help fund the running costs. Many have been sold, or gifted, to the National Trust for Scotland.

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Abbotsford / 3 miles west of Melrose in the Borders
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. In 1811 Sir Walter bought the property which was to become Abbotsford, set in the heart of the Scottish Borders, on the banks of the River Tweed. Phone Number 01896 752043.
www.scottsabbotsford.co.uk . UDS Page . Postcode: TD6 9BQ .

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Argyll's Lodging / Stirling town by Stirling Castle
Argyll's Lodging, the residence of the Earls of Argyll in Stirling, is the finest and most complete surviving example in Scotland of a 17th century town residence. Set back behind a screen wall on the upper approaches to Stirling Castle, its fine architecture marks it out as a town house intended for the household of a great nobleman serving the Royal Stewart Court within the Castle. Phone Number 01786 431 319.
www.historic-scotland.gov.uk . UDS Page . Postcode: FK8 1EG .

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Callendar House / 1.2 miles southeast of Falkirk
Situated amidst magnificent park and woodland, Callendar House tells stories spanning 600 years of Scottish history. Through wars, rebellions and the industrial revolution, the house has played host to many great historical figures over the centuries, including Mary, Queen of Scots, Cromwell and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Phone Number 01324 503 770.
Website . UDS Page . Postcode: FK1 1YR .

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Dumfries House / 1.9 miles west of Cumnock in Ayrshire
Built between 1754 and 1760 by the Adam brothers for the 5th Earl of Dumfries, with a unique collection of Chippendale furniture, the House has been described as an 18th century time-capsule since the principal rooms and their contents have remained virtually unchanged for 250 years. Phone Number 01290 425 959.
www.dumfries-house.org . AS Page . Postcode: KA18 2NJ .

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Falkland Palace / 17 miles southeast of Perth at Falkland
The Royal Palace of Falkland, set in a unique medieval village, was the country residence and hunting lodge of eight Stuart monarchs, including Mary, Queen of Scots. Built between 1501 and 1541, the palace is an extremely fine example of Renaissance architecture. It includes the exceptionally beautiful Chapel Royal, and is surrounded by internationally known gardens, built in the 1950s. Phone Number 0844 493 2186..
UDS Pge Falkland . UDS Page Falkland Palace . Postcode KY15 7BU .

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Haddo House / 19 miles north of Aberdeen
Haddo House is proud to be the most homely of the North East of Scotland’s great houses open to the public. Designed by William Adam for the 2nd Earl of Aberdeen in 1732, but refurbished in the 1880s, the house elegantly blends crisp Georgian architecture with sumptuous late Victorian interiors by Wright and Mansfield. Phone Number 0844 493 2179.
Website . UDS Page . Postcode: AB41 7EQ .

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Hill of Tarvit / 9 miles west of St Andrews
Nestling on a hillside in the Fife countryside, this early 20th-century family home is a gem. The house was remodelled in 1906 by the Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer around Mr F B Sharp's collection of French and Chippendale-style furniture, porcelain and paintings. Phone Number 0844 493 2185.
Websites . UDS Page . Postcode: KY15 5PB .

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Holmwood House / 5 miles south of Glasgow centre
This exquisite little gem located in the Cathcart area of Glasgow is Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s domestic masterpiece. Conservation and decoration of the House are still underway, so there is always something new to see. Phone Number 0844 493 2204.
nts.org.uk/Property/Holmwood/ . UDS Page . Postcode: G44 3YU .

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Hopetoun House / 12 miles west of Edinburgh
Hopetoun House is one of the most splendid examples of Georgian architecture in Britain being the work of Scottish architects Sir William Bruce and William Adam. Situated just outside Edinburgh, the House is set in 150 acres of rolling parkland with extensive woodland walks. Phone Number 0131 331 2451.
www.hopetounhouse.com . UDS Page . Postcode: EH30 9SL .

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House Of Dun / 3.5 miles west of Montrose
This beautiful Georgian Family House designed by William Adam for David Erskine, the 13th Laird of Dunin 1730, with fabulous Victorian gardens overlooking the Montrose Basin The Estate consists of Lady Augusta Walk, adventure playground, Victorian walled garden, terraced gardens, woodland dog walk and farm land. Phone Number 0844 493 2144.
Website . UDS Page . Postcode: DD10 9LQ .

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Kinneil Estate /20 miles west of Edinburgh
Kinneil Estate is the nearest thing you are likely to find to a history theme park anywhere in Scotland: made all the more impressive because it covers two thousand years, because everything you see is real, and because it is displayed in such a low-key and matter-of-fact way. You can quite literally stumble over history at Kinneil. Phone Number 01506 778 530.
kinneil.wordpress.com . UDS Page . Postcode EH51 0PR .

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Leith Hall /33 miles northwest of Aberdeen
A typical Scottish laird’s residence brimming with family treasures, set in 286 acres of scenic estate containing 6 acres of wonderful garden that overlooks some of Aberdeenshire’s finest rolling countryside. Phone Number 0844 493 2164.
Website . UDS Page . Postcode: AB54 4NQ .

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Manderston /13 miles west of Berwick
Manderston is the supreme country house of Edwardian Scotland; the swan-song of its era. A house on which no expense was spared with opulent staterooms, the only silver-staircase in the world and extensive "downstairs" domestic quarters. It stands in 56 acres of formal gardens, with magnificent stables and stunning marble dairy. Phone Number 01361 882 636.
www.manderston.co.uk . UDS Page . Postcode: TD11 3PP .

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Melsetter House /Orkney Islands
Melsetter House is a private house, but is open to the public by appointment on most Thursdays and Sundays. Melsetter House's roots date back to 1738 when an L-shaped two storey laird's house was built here. But in its current form it dates back to 1898. Phone Number 01856 791 352.
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/hoy/melsetter . Map .

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Mount Stuart /Isle of Bute
Mount Stuart is Britain's most astounding Victorian gothic mansion. Home to the Stuarts of Bute, descendants of the Royal House of Stuart, this magnificent house sits proudly on the Isle of Bute - ancient stronghold of Scottish kings. Phone Number 01700 503 877.
www.mountstuart.com . UDS Page . Postcode: PA20 9LR .

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Newhailes /5 miles east of Edinburgh
An amazing survival of early 18th century decorative art and collections, set within a late 17th century ‘Villa’, and surrounded by an 18th century Designed Landscape. Take a step back in time for a personal experience that the Scottish Tourist Board rate as Five Star. Phone Number 0844 493 2125.
nts.org.uk/Property/Newhailes/ . UDS Page . Postcode: EH21 6RY .

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Paxton House /5 miles west of Berwick
Situated on the banks of the river Tweed, Paxton House is a hidden gem. Built by the Adam brothers in 1758 for the young Patrick Home it is perhaps the finest example of 18th century Palladian Country houses in Britain. Phone Number 01289 386 291.
www.paxtonhouse.co.uk . UDS Page . Postcode: TD15 1SZ .

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Pollok House /4 miles south of Glasgow centre
The well known Kitchen Restaurant in the original kitchens and an elegant country mansion with important collections, set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland but in the heart of Glasgow. Woodland, parkland, farmland and designed landscape, with extensive views. Phone Number 0844 493 2202.
Website . UDS Page . Postcode: G43 1AT .

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Skaill House /Island of Orkney
Skaill House is one of the most complete 17th Century mansion houses in Orkney. It is situated in the parish of Sandwick overlooking the spectacular sandy Bay of Skaill and is only 300 metres from the famous Neolithic village of Skara Brae. Phone Number 01856 841 501.
www.skaillhouse.co.uk . UDS Page . Postcode: KW16 3LR .

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Traquair House /29 miles south of Edinburgh by Peebles
Dating back to 1107 it 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 without counting the cost. Phone Number 01896 830 323.
www.traquair.co.uk . UDS Page . Postcode: EH44 6PW .

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