Scotland's Oldest Inhabited House

Traquair House

Traquair House is now closed to the public for the winter except for groups by appointment.  We still welcome Bed & Breakfast guests throughout the year.  We open again to the public on 30th March 2018.

Welcome to Traquair, Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited House. Visited by 27 Scottish Kings and Queens Traquair dates back to 1107 and has been lived in by the Stuart family since 1491.

Originally a royal hunting lodge, Traquair played host to Mary Queen of Scots and later as staunch Catholics they supported the Jacobite cause without counting the cost.

Today, we welcome visitors from all over the world. Enjoy the extraordinary history of this lived in family home. Visit the house, grounds, maze, craft workshops, 1745 Cottage Restaurant and the world famous Traquair House Brewery situated in one of the wings of the house and sample the ales in our brewery shop and museum.

We also provide a magical and romantic venue for weddings, celebrations, corporate events and throughout the year there is an inspiring programme of events and exhibitions for all ages. You can even live like royalty and stay at Traquair in one of our luxurious antique furnished rooms.


The Mighty Deerstalker

3rd March at 12:00 am

An adventure running event with a difference! This is probably the hardest off-road-Tweed-clad-pipe-lit-plus-four-and-headtorch-wearing run that exists….

Easter Eggstravaganza

1st April at 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Grounds open 11.00am, with activities from midday The Biggest egg hunt in the Borders and…

Ruff Dugger in the Grounds of Traquair

19th May at 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ruff Dugger is trail / mud / obstacle runs you can take part in with…

Traquair Medieval Fayre

26th May at 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on 27th May 2018 at 11:00am

A superb weekend that will transport you back to ancient times Jousting, a Medieval Tournament,…

Shakespeare at Traquair

30th May at 7:30 pm - 2nd June at 10:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until 30th May 2018

Shakespeare at Traquair – Much Ado About Nothing A unique promenade production in the grounds…

A Dogs’ Day Out at Traquair

15th July at 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

It’s going to be doggy heaven again as Traquair holds its second Dogs’ Day Out Event in July this year.

After the great success last year we will be welcoming all dogs, their owners and those who love them.

Living History at Traquair

18th August
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One event on 19th August 2018 at 12:00am

A weekend when the past will literally come alive as characters from Traquair’s history re-enact…

Beyond Borders 2018

25th August - 26th August

International Festival of Literature & Thought Returning for its 9th year Beyond Borders is delighted…

Ghostly Castle Tour Friday 7pm

26th October at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

SPIRITS & SPOOKS AT TRAQUAIR THIS HALLOWEEN! Friday 26th October Tour 7pm-8pm (Halloween Supper after…

Ghostly Castle Tour Friday 9pm

26th October at 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

SPIRITS & SPOOKS AT TRAQUAIR THIS HALLOWEEN! Friday 26th October Tour 9pm-10pm (Halloween Supper 7.30pm)…

Ghostly Castle Tour Saturday 7pm

27th October at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

SPIRITS & SPOOKS AT TRAQUAIR THIS HALLOWEEN! Saturday 27th October Tour 7pm-8pm (Halloween Supper after…

Ghostly Castle Tour Saturday 9pm

27th October at 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

SPIRITS & SPOOKS AT TRAQUAIR THIS HALLOWEEN! Saturday 27th October Tour 9pm-10pm  (Halloween Supper 7.30pm)…

Halloween Fun Day

28th October at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday October 28th 11am – 4pm Ghouls, Games and Ghostly Tales for all the family!!…

Free Christmas Opening

24th November at 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Saturday and Sunday 10.30am to 4.00pm

24th and 25th November – enjoy a wonderful weekend of Christmas Cheer at our FREE…


Spent a few hours with two children today and we had a great time. The children loved the grounds and exploring. The highlight being the maze (we actually did get lost..oops). We took a picnic to eat but treated ourselves to hot chocolate and milkshake in the cafe before we left.

Amy Y - Oct '16

I have been going here since childhood. I love it & never tire! Stunning atmospheric house with stunning Scottish history! The maze is fab! We ran around giggling like children & joked with people entering it that we’d been in there lost for days! The Staff are the most friendly professional & knowledgeable of any Stately Home I’ve been to. The shop & little craft shops are a great added bonus. Go! Its well worth it. A Jacobite Residence with fantastic history.

Anonymous - Oct '16

Lovely gardens and House: One of our first stops of our long weekend trip and well worth it. We had a lovely walk through the gardens first before the house was open. Nice sunny morning through the peaceful gardens and woods before entering the maze. First visitors there so lots of time to enjoy the house grounds.

Alexander T - Aug '16

A short but fascinating visit that was full of so much history and information. Amazing to think that it is still in the same family through so much turmoil. The brewery adds an interesting story also. Make sure to visit the tearoom as the food is very good and reasonable.

Des M - Oct '16

Can’t believe we haven’t been here before! What a beautiful and interesting place. Make sure that you try the restaurant – lovely food. Oh, and grab some of their ale before you leave

Ian R - Oct '16