We visited as part of a tour group, so our time was limited. Two very knowledgeable guides set an easy pace through the common living areas of the home. There were many personal items on display, as well as many historical family artifacts. Most of the rooms were staged, so it wasn't as personal as we had expected, but the guides more than made up for it. Whenever we stopped to study a painting or family picture, we were given as much information and friendly conversation as we could stand. Being on a tight schedule, we skipped the cafe and walked the grounds. The castle and grounds were interesting but nothing that we hadn't seen before, although I must say the sheer size of the estate is rather impressive. We found our visit enjoyable, and a nice change of pace from Edinburgh and Hampton Court.