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“Walk around the gardens”

The House of the Binns
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Ranked #6 of 25 things to do in Linlithgow
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Owner description: The house is open from June - September. The grounds are open year round from 9am-7.30pm. Set in beautifully landscaped parkland overlooking the River Forth, this fascinating laird’s house near Linlithgow has been the home of the Dalyells for 400 years. 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.
Reviewed February 24, 2014

A great place to visit anytime as the gardens are open all year round. In the spring the snowdrops and daffodils are well worth seeing as there are millions of them. Lovely woodland walks around the gardens with waymarked footpath. Great place to have a picnic on a sunny day. Good views looking down to Blackness and the Firth of Forth.
House is worth a visit too and as other visitors mentioned it has limited opening times. Lots of parking by the house.

Thank Purplehazze
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

The House of the Binns is the ancestral home of the Dalyells although now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. It is a living museum as it is still a home with delightful personal touches as well as the most interesting artefacts. Fascinating history and knowledgeable guide. Only open in the afternoons and only guided tours. Excellent parking close by but watch out for the livestock as you drive in, including the wonderful peacocks. Magnificent views - such a lovely setting.

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Reviewed September 19, 2013

The House of the Binns is a National Trust for Scotland property and as my parents are members we thought we'd visit this property. It is quite expensive in my opinion but as a one off it is worth while. Plenty of parking just a minutes walk from the house and the scenery is just lovely. You get wonderful views over to the Forth and into the Kingdom of Fife, plus the Forth Rail Bridge.

The house tour was very interesting and great to see so many rooms. I had my two wee kids with me and they had a 'find the peacock in every room' activity that kept my 5 year old happy. The tour allowed enough time to explore each room and ask questions before moving on to the next room.

Definitely worth a wee visit on a clear day.

Thank organisedmichelle
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

This is a great house to visit, so full of history and interesting objects. The guide we had was very knowledgable and had a wealth of stories to tell. The house is in a fantastic setting with views all around, from the Pentland Hills to the south to Fife and the various Forth Bridges to the north. The house is still lived in by Tam Dalyell and his family, and is full of his political life.
The property is managed by the National Trust and they are continuing to upgrade and preserve the property, including curtains from the 17C.
Well worth a visit.

Thank Iain1949
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

I went to visit The House of the Binns with friends. I absolutely loved it and it had such a fascinating history. Such a hidden gem of a place. The guide was marvellous (so often the guides at historic houses don't know much but she did). So amazing to see the house as a family home and not a static historic house. Delighted to see the various little family items in the Kings Bedroom and Morning room. Such an honour to meet Lady Dalyell at end of tour. Spectacular views over the river. It is so wonderful to visit a place which has not been over developed as a tourist attraction. Had lovely picnic in grounds. So interesting so see sheep at each side of avenue without fences.

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