Cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. Set in beautifully landscaped parkland overlooking the River Forth, this fascinating laird’s house has been home to the Dalyells for over 400 years. Admire the rich collection of paintings, furniture and porcelain, or enjoy a tranquil woodland walk to the tower for a panoramic view of central Scotland.
The present house was built in 1612 by Thomas Dalyell, an Edinburgh merchant who made his fortune at the court of King James VI and I in London. Thomas’s son, General Tam Dalyell, formed the legendary regiment of Royal Scots Greys. There are many mementos of him in the house, as well as colourful legends about his dealings with the Devil to discover.
A warm welcome awaits visitors at the home of the Dalyells, with rooms rich in family history and personality – access to the house is by guided tour only.
Outside, there is extensive landscaped parkland to explore, which has sheep, cattle and a peafowl colony of about 30. Children can take the challenge to find a peacock, or a peacock-related item in each room of the house.