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1. Traquair House

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Traquair House

Dating back to 1107, Traquair House is the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, with the present owners - the Maxwell Stuart family - having lived here since 1491. Due to their Catholic faith and support for Bonnie Prince Charlie, by 1800 little remained of the family's once enormous estates and there was little money for re-building.
 
Consequently, Traquair's main appeal is its ancient shape and structure - an organic homogeneous effect that's a welcome change from other more grandiose stately homes. Inside you can see original vaulted cellars, where locals once hid their cattle from raiders, the twisting main staircase and an earlier medieval version and a carefully camouflaged priest's hole. 
 
In the museum room there treasures including a fine example of a Jacobite Amen glass, a rosary and crucifix owned by Mary Queen of Scots, and the cloak worn by the earl of Nithsdale during his dramatic escape from the Tower of London.
 
The surrounding gardens contain a hedge maze, several craft workshops, and the Traquair House Brewery. Dating back to 1566, and revived in 1965, it claims to be the only British brewery that still ferments totally in oak - you can sample the produce in the Brewery Shop.
 
An attractive cafe serves snacks, and you can even stay in one of the three guest rooms, decked out with antiques and four-poster beds.

Traquair House Address:
Traquair House
Innerleithen
Peeblesshire
EH44 6PW
Scotland, UK

Traquair House Opening Times:
Open daily from April 10th to October 31st, weekends only in November 
April, May and September, 12.00 pm to 5.00 pm
June, July and August, 10.30 am to 5.00 pm
October, 11.00 am to 4.00 pm
November, 11.00 am to 3.00 pm

Traquair House Admission:
Adults House and Grounds £7.00
Children House and Grounds £4.00
Senior Citizens House and Grounds £6.50
Family (2 Adults and 3 Children) £20.00
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