The Oldest Inhabited House in Scotland
Traquair House near Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders is said to be the oldest inhabited house in Scotland.
It was formerly a hunting lodge of the Royal Stuarts and it was plundered during the Reformation, its holy Catholic treasures were looted and taken to the town of Peebles where they burned at the mercat cross. There are lots of legends associated with the house, one being that the current owners the Maxwell-Stuarts are the descendants of the Royal Stuarts. This is not the case however because when the last Countess died and left no descendants the estate passed to the Maxwell family who were the in-laws, they just adopted the name Stuart.
Another famous legend is that of the Bear Gates in the grounds of the house. The gates are supposedly permanently locked and will be until another Stuart sits on the throne. The story is that Bonnie Prince Charlie threw the keys away and insisted on that but in truth the last Earl locked them when his beloved Countess died and said that they would not be opened again until another lady as good as she has lived at Traquair.
The house is certainly worth visiting, it is set in lovely surroundings and is worth seeing the brewery and the Stuart artefacts is a must. You might even spot the ghost of Lady Louisa Stuart, the last Countess, who reputedly walks around the grounds. It is easily accessable by car and is within walking distance of Innerleithen. However it would be best to check with the local Tourist Board for opening times before you set out.
- Monday 11.00am - 5.00pm
- Tuesday 11.00am - 5.00pm
- Wednesday 11.00am - 5.00pm
- Thursday 11.00am - 5.00pm
- Friday 11.00am - 5.00pm
- Saturday 11.00am - 5.00pm
- Sunday 11.00am - 5.00pm
- ADMISSION PRICES House and Grounds:
Senior Citizens £7.60
2 Adults 3 Children £23.00
Children & Concessions £3.00
Groups Rates (Minimum 20 People)
Senior Citizens £6.60
Guide Book £4.50