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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 for and lived in by Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century novelist, author of classics such as Waverley, Rob Roy, Ivanhoe and The Lady of the Lake. In 1811, Sir Walter bought the property that became Abbotsford, situated in 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 was the residence of the Earls of Argyll in Stirling, one of the most complete surviving examples in Scotland of a 1600s town mansion. Situated close to Stirling Castle, its fine architecture shows it was for a powerful nobleman, serving the Royal Stewart's 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 in parklands and woodland, Callendar House has a history spanning 600 years. The house has been visited by many historical figures, 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, the house has a top collection of Chippendale furniture, often described as an 18th century time capsule, with the main rooms and their contents remaining 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 is situated in the medieval village of Falkland. This was the country home and hunting lodge of eight Stuart monarchs, including Mary Queen of Scots. Built between 1501 and 1541, of Renaissance architecture, it contains the Chapel Royal, and is surrounded by scenic gardens. 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 one of the North East of Scotland’s great houses that are open to the public. Designed by William Adam for the 2nd Earl of Aberdeen in 1732, the house has Georgian architecture with 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 1900s mansion was remodelled in 1906 for a 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
Situated in the Cathcart area of Glasgow, this Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson mansion is said to be one of his finest domestic projects. Conservation and decoration of the House are ongoing, 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 top examples of Georgian architecture in Britain, designed by the 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
A Georgian Family House designed by William Adam for David Erskine, 13th Laird of Dunin, about 1730. The Victorian gardens have views over the Montrose Basin The Estate has the 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 covers two thousand years with everything you see being real, and displayed in a low key and matter-of-fact way. 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 an Edwardian mansion with no expense spared in the opulent staterooms. The house has the only silver-staircase in the world. It has a stunning marble dairy, 56 acres of formal gardens, and impressive stables. 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 open to the public by appointment only on most Thursdays and Sundays. The house dates back to 1738 when a two storey laird's house was built. Most of the current building dates 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 said to be Britain's most astounding Victorian gothic mansion. Home to the Stuarts of Bute, relations of the Royal House of Stuart, this is situated on the Isle of Bute, and 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
A 1600s villa with early 1700s art and collections, surrounded by an 1700s 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 was designed by the Adam brothers in 1758, said to be one of the finest examples of an 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 Kitchen Restaurant is in the original kitchen of this country mansion with important art collections. The house is set in formal gardens and extensive parkland, in the suburbs of Glasgow. Phone Number 0844 493 2202.
Website . RSS Page . Postcode: G43 1AT .

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Skaill House /Island of Orkney
Skaill House is said to be one of the most complete 1600s mansion houses in Orkney. It is situated in the parish of Sandwick, overlooking the sandy Bay of Skaill, 300 metres from the 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, the house was built as a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland. The Stuarts of Traquair supported Mary Queen of Scots and the Jacobite rising. Phone Number 01896 830 323.
www.traquair.co.uk . UDS Page . Postcode: EH44 6PW .

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