House Of Dun & Montrose Basin Nature Reserve

Historic Buildings & Homes

Montrose, Montrose, Angus, DD10 9LQ

    This handsome Georgian house boasts stunning interiors and outside, visitors can explore the garden and woodland walk.

    House of Dun is a Georgian building overlooking the Montrose Basin, designed and built by William Adam in 1730 for David Erskine, Lord Dun.

    Admire superb contemporary plasterwork by Joseph Enzer. Lady Augusta Kennedy-Erskine was the daughter of William IV and Mrs Jordan, and the house contains royal mementos of that period and many examples of Lady Augustas woolwork and embroidery. Family collection of portraits, furniture and porcelain and also be found here.

    The small walled garden has been largely restored to a late Victorian period and includes a range of plants typical of the 1880s. A wooded den, first planted in the 19th century, contains a plum-pudding rock garden, a selection of evergreen shrubs and woodland plants.

    The National Trust for Scotland owns much of the western half of the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve, which is farmed in an environmentally sensitive manner. It is internationally important for its wildfowl and geese, and offers interpretation, waymarked paths and observation hides.

    4 Historic House
    Green Tourism Silver
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    31 Mar 2016 - 29 Nov 2016

    Garden and Estate:
    All year, daily, 9 until dusk.

    House & Café:
    30 March to 30 Jun, Sat-Wed, 12-5
    1 July to 31 August, daily, 11.30–5
    1 September to 27 September, Sat-Wed, 12-5
    28 September to 13 December*, Sat & Sun, 12-4

    Note: Last entry is 4pm.
    *Excluding 5-6 December (Christmas Event, no tours)


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site The newly refurbished Cafe ‘Erskines’ is now open - come along for a range of delicious food & refreshments.


    • Public Toilet Facilities


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point Limited disabled parking just short of the entrance to the courtyard.
    • Parking


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • Picnic Area

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Accommodation Available
    • Civil Ceremony
    • In-house Co-ordinator
    • Luxury Venue
    • Reception Facilities
    • Religious Ceremony
    • Romantic Location

    Public Transport Directions

    House of Dun is 3 miles W of Montrose

    By road
    On A935. From Aberdeen or Dundee (A90) take the turn-off for Brechin and follow the signs for Montrose. House of Dun is 5 miles east of Brechin.

    By bus
    Strathtay Buses; telephone (01382) 228054

    By rail:

    From Montrose Railway Station take A935 towards Brechin. House of Dun is after 3 miles on right.


    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • the information point

    Ticket / Information / Gift Shop [where applicable]

    • Information available in alternative formats
      • Braille
      • Large print (at least 14 point)


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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