Ferniehirst Castle - Castle Kerr Tours

Ferniehirst Castle - Castle Kerr Tours

Ferniehirst Castle - Castle Kerr Tours
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Betsy K
Atlanta, GA23 contributions
Jul 2019
Ferniehirst is the ancestral home of a branch of Clan Kerr and was our sole reason for visiting this area of Scotland. Although there had been some interior mishap a few days before our arrival and tours canceled, we went anyway to see the exterior and found that Bob Larson, curator and guide extraordinaire, was there ready to tell his stories. How grateful we were for that! We knew little of the Kerrs of Scotland before visiting, and our visit inspired us to learn more. The castle is stunning. Even if you're not a Kerr, go see it! (They only have tours in July each year.) The history of its owners and neighbors and battles with England, just 10 miles away, in the years before the union in 1707, is exciting and full of names you'll recognize. Thanks to Bob Larson for not letting two Kerrs from the USA down! Hope we can get back to see the inside some day.
Written September 19, 2019
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Linda R
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Dec 2017 • Friends
Ferniehirst is special to me because it is featured in my novels. I am an American, with a keen interest in the history of the Scottish Borders. I am a member of the Marie Stuart Society and the visit to Ferniehirst was part of a day arranged by the president of the society and other of my fellow members. While the setting of the present castle is very different from that of the 16th and 17th centuries, because the Borders have been tamed and the forests, gone. curator Bob Lawson was able to bring it back for those in his tour group who did not have my knowledge of its history. And to cap it off, I had an opportunity to meet and converse with the laird, Lord Ralph Kerr. The castle, however, is only open to the public during July, in connection with the Jedhart Callants Festival. My visit was i July 2016.
Written August 1, 2018
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Commander Z
Portland, OR36 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
We were just traveling by and pulled into Ferniehirst Castle, the Castle of the Border (Reiver) Clan the Kerr's which is still occupied by the family. We were lucky enough to get Bob Lawson, the curator of the house. His tour was, hands down, the best tour of any historical landmark I've ever been on. He had a nuanced approach to understanding the real lives of people and also demonstrated the construction through the ages of the Castle. Also, we were rolling with laughter most of the time. Unfortunately it is only open the month of July. If you are traveling through, ask if Bob is giving a tour and stop in. You won't be disappointed.
Written August 8, 2015
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Sue00do
North West England, UK632 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
We were lucky enough to be able to take the tour of the castle as they only happen in July. Bob who is the Curator was also our guide and although we didn't see very many rooms, (still owned by the Kerr family), there was so much historical information and stories that he imparted to our group, told with a dry wit and much enthusiasm! A fascinating incite into the turbulent history of this unique property and the many generations of the Kerrs. The tiny circular library in one of the corner turrets was one of the highlights of the tour. What a privilege to have been inside this extraordinary building.
Written July 11, 2018
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arnoldino
Birmingham, United Kingdom195 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
For many years i have been researching my family tree . from myself back through the ages and branches of my 4th great grandmother who was barbara mcgeoch i was very excited to know i was part of the scottish clan macfarlane........but little did i know that due to a marriage between a mcgeoch an a kerr the further i moved back in time i arrived at clan kerr .
So Ferniehurst castle was a must visit for me . and i was not disappointed.
Bob Lawson is curator of this fantastic castle he knows all the history of the Kerrs of ferniehirst and cessford .
He does very informative tours in the month of July and admission £5 adults and it is worth every penny .
if you get chance to visit this gem of a castle or you have Kerr or Ker ancestry connections this is a great place to visit
Bob has a website called clankerr and I'm currently reading his book which he kindly signed for me
Thanks to bob and the other lovely lady for a great afternoon out . and thanks to the owner lord ralph kerr for opening this beautiful castle to the public
Written July 31, 2016
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Madeline S
79 contributions
Sep 2018
What an incredible experience! Authentic and we enjoyed learning about the family history. The grounds were gorgeous!
Written September 17, 2018
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SpaTravelInsider
Eugene, OR53 contributions
Aug 2017
As someone with Kerr/Carr in my lineage, visiting this historical family seat was on my bucket list. The castle is generally only open during the month of July, but occasionally, if the Laird is not in residence, you can arrange a private tour with the curator. If you are lucky enough to do so, it is well worth the expense.
Bob is a wealth of knowledge and a specialist on the Kerr lineage. Our tour took over two hours and we left with our heads spinning.
You have limited access in the main house as it is a private residence. But Bob does show you the key story spots. You get an inside glimpse into the life of this family. I strongly recommend it.
Written December 30, 2017
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Liz C
Portishead, UK2 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
The sheer enthusiasm of Bob our guide and the fascinating tour he took us on made for a great afternoon. As a member of the Kerr clan it was strangely emotional to meet other Kerrs from all over the world on the same tour.
Written August 4, 2017
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kevEngland
england17 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
We visited in June, fiona the tour guide was fantastic so knowledgeable and friendly giving us a brill insight to the workings and family of the castle, even staying late after the tour and castle closed, top notch
Written July 23, 2023
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Christian S
2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Excellent tour, the host was most entertaining and knowledgeable. Lots of local history in one of the oldest castles in the area. An absolute must go when you are in the Scottish Borders.
Written July 14, 2021
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