Traquair brings history up to date

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New Exhibition for 2014

Traquair opens for the season this year with an exhibition on the twentieth century history of the house.

From the early years when the house was used mainly as a shooting lodge; its interesting connection with some visiting suffragettes to the Borders and its tragic family losses during the First World War to its opening to the public in the 1950s, the rediscovery of the brewery, and its development into the major tourist attraction it is today.

The exhibition will include film clips from taken from home movies in the early 1960s, a BBC appearance on Nationwide in the 1970s and an opening sequence from the film Tamlin starring Ava Gardner from 1969.

New App

Traquair is also launching its very own app this year to be used to guide you around the house and grounds, explore the brewery and find out as much detail as you want about the history of the house, the paintings, furniture and objects of art.

It has been created over the past 9 months by GuideMe tours, a Glasgow based company whose recent work has included an app for Kelvingrove Museum.

Clare McLeod commented,

“The apps we are producing at Guide Me Tours are helping heritage properties like Traquair to gain access to the digital market whilst generating an income and as the tour is available on both the Apple and Android platforms they will be able to reach a global audience”.

The Traquair app includes a guided tour by Catherine Maxwell Stuart, 21st Lady of Traquair who  has written and researched much of the material. She commented:

“ This is a brilliant additional tool to tell the story of Traquair. Some visitors may use it as an audio tour when they visit the house and overseas visitors who want a flavour of the history if they are unable to visit themselves. It is great to use such new technology in such an ancient house”.

Traquair has also installed a free wi-fi hot spot in the 1745 Cottage Restaurant and for those who haven’t got a smartphone, a tablet can be hired at the Gift Shop ready with the app installed.

Traquair House opens top the public on Saturday 5th April for the summer season and thereafter will be open every day until October 31st. For full details visit the website on

For any further information please contact Catherine Maxwell Stuart Tel; 01896 830323 or 07734 208356

Fantastic B&B offers for January and February!

Why not remove some of those winter blues and come and stay the night at Traquair House, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland?!  We've a couple of offers to entice you for the next couple of months - our Winter Discount and our romantic Valentine offer.  Take a look below for more details and contact the office to check availability.

Warming Winter Discount!

For the months of January and February stay in Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited House for two nights or more and receive 25% off our regular room rate and receive a bottle of Traquair’s own Cuvee Catherine to enjoy whilst you relax in our sumptuous antique furnished rooms.

Romantic February!

Celebrate Valentine's Day throughout February and receive a FREE Valentine meal for two and a bottle of our own Cuvee Catherine when you book a Double Room. The meal, held in the House's Still Room is produced by our House Keeper and is normally £42.00 per person.  Take a look at our romantic Valentine menu!

For details of all our prices and offers take a look at:

Email: or phone 01896 830323

Christmas Meals At Traquair

1745 Cottage Restaurant open for Christmas meals, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  Take a look at the Christmas menu:


 Baked Strathdon Blue cheese Tart served with homemade pickle

Glen Estate Game & Haggis  pate  served  with a red onion  marmalade  & oatcakes

Salad of Roasted Home Smoked Salmon  bound with Rocket & Mandarin Oranges

Pan Fried Eyemouth Smoked Haddock & Brocolli fish cake

served with a chive cream

Minestone Soup with Parmasan cheese


Fillet of Scottish Cod served with Char Grilled Vegetables & a herb butter sauce

Braised Shin of Scotch Beef served with our red onion marmalade in Traquair Ale set on mustard crushed potatoes

Breast of Glen Estate Pheasant carved onto local haggis with a whisky sauce

Hand Carved Fresh Turkey Parcel served with Apricot Stuffing & Chipolata’s

Simply grilled Sirloin of Scotch Beef served with grilled Tomato & Mushroom(£5 extra)

Stuffed Portobello mushroom with tomato courgette & aubergine glazed with Scottish Brie


Traquair Spiced Cake Crème Brulee served with a shortbread biscuit

Home Made Christmas Pudding with a Brandy Sauce

Baked Traquair Bannock & butter Pudding served with butterscotch sauce

And  Langshaw  ice cream

Selection of Over Langshaw Ice Creams

Scottish cheeseboard with grapes & home made chutney

2 courses = £12

3 courses = £15

Events for 2014 Confirmed

Below are the highlights of our events calendar. For further details about all our events visit

THE MIGHTY DEERSTALKER – Saturday 15th March

An adventure running event with a difference! 5km and 10km runs start and finish at Traquair.

EASTEREGGSTRAVAGANZA – Easter Sunday 20th April

From 1.00pm

The Biggest egg hunt in the Borders and lots more fun activities all day. 

TRAQUAIR MEDIEVAL FAYRE – Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th May. 11am – 5pm

A superb weekend that will transport you back to ancient times. Royal Medieval Pageant, falconry, archery, equestrian displays, living history, early music, jesters and children’s entertainment.

SHAKESPEARE AT TRAQUAIR – “The Comedy of Errors”

Wednesday 28th – Saturday 31st May and Wednesday 4th – Saturday 7th June. 7.30pm

A unique promenade production of the Comedy of Errors in the grounds of Traquair. 

TWEED RIDE – Sunday 8th June 11am – 6pm

A new event for 2014 – celebrating all things Tweed and Bikes!

NEW BEER AND FOOD FESTIVAL - details coming soon!


A unique literary festival bringing international writers, thinkers and politicians together.


The history of Traquair really will come to life with these spectacular historical ghost tours. No gimmicks here but an authentic retelling of the past!

Historical ghost tours:        Friday 24th & Saturday 25th October and Friday 31st Oct & Saturday 1st November.   Tours at 7pm & 9pm

Halloween Fun Day:           Sunday 26th October 11am – 4pm

FREE CHRISTMAS OPENING – Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November 11am – 4pm

Free entrance to House and Grounds.  Santa’s sumptuous grotto, festive activities and fun!

Hallowe'en Happenings Traquair


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Friday 25th October & Saturday 26th October

Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd November

7pm & 9pm



Sunday 27th October

11am – 4pm

Traquair will be celebrating Halloween this year with some spine tingling tours of Traquair at night and some and ghostly fun for all little monsters!

Experience the atmosphere of this ancient house at night with a historical ghost tour which take place over two weekends and bring history to life as never before.

Characters from Traquair’s past will guide you through the house and uncover the secrets from of their lives, of the trials and persecutions they faced as Jacobites and the Catholics and the terror of being discovered.

Tours finish in the eighteenth century Dining Room where you can soak up the atmosphere with a glass of mulled wine. You can also combine your tour with a Halloween Supper at the 1745 Cottage Restaurant if you dare.

On Sunday 27th October it is time for all little monsters, ghouls and ghosties to come and play at the Halloween Fun Day at Traquair.

There are lots of activities for all ages including ghost stories in the house, magic shows, tarot readings, Halloween Games, Spooky Face Painting, a Witches and Wizards workshop to make your own wand or hat. If you are brave enough you can walk through the Spook Passage Experience – not for the faint hearted.

This year there is Chocolate Ghost Hunt which sends out ghost hunters to the Maze and Woodlands to find some ghouls for Chocolate prizes!

Come dressed to kill and enter our Best Dressed Halloween Character competition.

Additional Notes for editors: 

Ghost tour prices - Adults: £12.00 Children £8.00

Tours suitable for 8yrs and over. Combined tour and supper ticket £24.00

Halloween Fun Day. Adults; £7.00 Child/Conc £4.00 Family £18.00

(2 adults and up to 3 children) Tickets on the Gate only for this event.

Box Office 01896 830323

For further information and photographs contact Catherine Maxwell Stuart Tel; 01896 830323

Sixties Icons Set to Rock Traquair


Sixties Icons Set to Rock Traquair

Two of the most iconic bands of the 1960s – The Animals and The Troggs - are set to headline at this year’s Traquair Fair at Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July.

The bands will perform as part of a special Sixties theme for the family-friendly weekend festival which is set in the grounds of Scotland’s oldest inhabited house. In addition to an impressive line-up of Sixties music, Traquair Fair also includes a programme of children’s entertainment ranging from appearances by Sixties comic book hero Spiderman to storytelling of classic Sixties children’s books in a special Children’s Area which will celebrate the moon landings.

There will be wonderful theatrical performances and colourful street theatre as well as static and living models throughout the house showcasing some of the great designers and fashion created in the Scottish Borders at the time. The Fair also includes a special screening of Tamlin, a 1968 film located at Traquair that starred Ava Gardner, Joanna Lumley and Ian McShane.  Other archive footage from the era will also be shown.

As one of the two headline music acts of this year’s Traquair Fair, The Animals will take to the stage on Sunday 28th to perform a host of iconic numbers including House of the Rising Sun, We Gotta Get Out of this Place and Don’t Let me be Misunderstood.  Chris Britton, original founding member of The Troggs will lead his band on Saturday 27th, performing a set that includes Wild Thing, Love is all Around and Anyway You Want Me. The stage will also see performances from Sixties musician, John Renbourn, one of the founding fathers of contemporary British folk, plus new music with a Sixties influence from Glasgow band, Hidden Masters. There will also be international talent from South African acapella group Africa Antsha who won Best Live performance at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012.

The Traquair Fair also features craft stalls, workshops and complementary therapies as well as a choice of delicious food and drink including Traquair’s own Fair Ale brewed exclusively for the weekend.

Traquair Fair organiser Catherine Maxwell Stuart said;

“The Sixties was an amazing period that featured a host of exciting cultural changes.  Our Traquair Fair will celebrate this in sensational Sixties style with a colourful programme of events that will appeal to all ages.  We’re particularly thrilled that two of the decade’s most iconic and influential bands will be attending and believe that when combined with the rest of our entertainment line-up, this year’s Traquair Fair will offer one of Scotland’s most exciting family days out.”

The Traquair Fair has again benefitted from funding from EventScotland, the national events agency, through their National Funding Programme.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said;

“Scotland is the perfect stage for events and Traquair Fair has a colourful, carnival atmosphere with entertainment ranging from live music to outdoor theatre and dance.  With such a strong programme this year, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained including great activities for children. What better way to make the most of one of Scotland’s most spectacular historic houses?”

The Traquair Fair takes place at Traquair, Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July from 11am until 6pm.   Discounts are available for advance bookings and tickets can purchased online at or at the Box Office, Tel: 01896 830323

Advance ticket prices Adult £19, Concession £13, Family ticket (2 adults and 3 children, 5-14) £46.  Children under 5 go free, and get a free balloon.

Standard ticket Prices on the day: Adult £21, Concession £15, Family ticket (2 adults and 3 children, 5-14) £48. Children under 5 go free, and get a free balloon.


For further media information, please contact Karen Finlay or Yvonne Bruce at Artisan PR on Tel: 01578 722690.

Notes to Editors: 

EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors.

1745 Restaurant now open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings

1745 Cottage Restaurant

We are delighted to announce that from the 9th May the 1745 Cottage Restaurant will be open on a Thursday, Friday & Saturday evening from 6pm –9pm for supper.

Chef Gary Moore will be serving the best locally sourced Border’s food, with a weekly changing menu.  Cooked from the best seafood, game, lamb, beef & cheese the Border’s larder has to offer, not forgetting Traquair Ale.

We offer either a 2 course or 3 course menu priced at only
£12.00 for 2 courses & £15.00 for 3 courses

Booking advisable.
01896 830777


Trio of Salmon

(Poached, Gravalax & Smoked) with a Fennel & Lemon vinaigrette

Pheasant & Haggis pate served with a red onion marmalade & oatcakes

Flakes of home Smoked Chicken & Duck tossed with Berries, Orange Fillets, Rocket & Smoked Cheese

Glazed Stitchill Cheese set on a char grilled vegetable salad

Cullen Skink (made with local smoked haddock)


Fillet of Scottish Cod grilled accompanied with a Prawn Barley Risotto

Chump of Border Lamb, set on a Wild Mushroom & Pea Ragout

Slow cooked Shin of Border Beef with a mustard seed mash & Traquair Ale gravy

Breast of Chicken stuffed with Scottish Goats Cheese & Sun dried Tomato wrapped in Bacon drizzed with a Lemon & Olive dressing

Stuffed Portobello mushroom with Tomato Courgette & Aubergine glazed with Scottish Brie


Broken Cranachan

Spiced Traquair Cake Créme Brulée with crisp shortbread, complimented with fresh berries

Baked Traquair Bannock Pudding served with butterscotch sauce & vanilla ice cream

Local cheeseboard with grapes & homemade chutney

Traquair Medieval Fayre Marks Flodden Anniversary with Spectacular Pageant Re-enactment

PRESS RELEASE 15 April 2013

Traquair Medieval Fayre Marks Flodden Anniversary with

Spectacular Pageant Re-enactment

A spectacular re-enactment of James IV’s visit to Traquair near Innerleithen will form the centrepiece of this year’s Medieval Fayre at the historic Scottish Borders attraction on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May.

The two-day, family-friendly event  pays tribute to James Stewart, the first Laird of Traquair who fought and died at the Battle of Flodden 500 years ago in 1513.  In addition to a Royal Pageant featuring horses and riders, the Traquair Medieval Fayre will also include a jousting tournament, displays of swordsmanship, a living history encampment, archery, falconry, early music, wandering minstrels and a jester.  The Perth Executioner will tell tales of history and horror and there will be workshops for children as well as a medieval market in the attraction’s Walled Garden selling medieval-style goods including clothing, candles, jewellery and hand-blown glass.

A special Fayre Ale will be brewed for the weekend and other culinary treats include a spit-roast, hot pies and home cooked lunches and teas from Traquair’s 1745 Cottage Restaurant.

Traquair Medieval Fayre organiser Catherine Maxwell Stuart said;

“This year’s Medieval Fayre is set to be a truly spectacular event with nights, horses, music, food and entertainment that recreate many of the sights, sounds and smells our medieval ancestors would have experienced.  It is set to be an extremely exciting Bank Holiday day out for all the family in a year that we remember  one of the most famous battles of the medieval period.”

The Traquair Medieval Fayre has benefitted from funding from EventScotland, the national events agency, through their National Funding Programme.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland said:

“Scotland is the perfect stage for events and we are delighted to be supporting the Traquair Medieval Fayre, which will explore a fascinating period of time, across the Bank Holiday weekend.”

The Traquair Medieval Fayre takes place at Traquair, Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May from 11am until 5pm. Tickets can purchased online at or at the Box Office, Tel: 01896 830323

Day Ticket Prices: Adult £12, Concession £10, Family ticket (2 adults and 3 children, 5-14) £38.


For further media information, please contact Karen Finlay or Yvonne Bruce at Artisan PR on Tel: 01578 722690.

Notes to Editors: 

EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors.

For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews. EventScotland is part of VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland.

Traquair Prepares for a Summer of Activities 2013

Traquair House opens to the public on March 29th this year and on Sunday 31st March will hold its annual Easter Egg Extravaganza. With over 6,000 mini eggs hidden in the Traquair Maze for the under 10’s this is the biggest Easter egg hunt in the Borders as well as other activities including egg painting, easter bonnet making and scavenger hunts there is a fun to be had all afternoon.

Traquair will be open throughout the school holidays until April 14th when it will then close before re-opening on a daily basis from 1st May.

There is so much history to enjoy within the house from the association with Mary Queen of Scots to the Jacobite uprisings and the secret stairs built for priests to escape in times of persecution.

For those who like a little liquid refreshment you can also try the famous Traquair House Ales produced in the 300 year old brewery in one of the wings of the house which is also a fascinating visit.

Throughout the summer Traquair also hosts a number of other events including the Traquair Medieval Fayre on the 25th & 26th May which includes jousting, combat displays, living history, early music throughout the house and grounds.

In June, the grounds play host to the annual Shakespeare at Traquair production, this year King Lear involving over a cast of over 50 adults and children which have built up a very strong reputation over the years.

 Then on the 27th and 28th July the Traquair Fair returns with a Sixties theme with iconic bands’ The Troggs and The Animals as well a pop up cinema featuring the film “Tamlin” starring Ava Gardner filmed at Traquair in 1968.

Then, in August a literary theme takes over with the successful Books Borders & Bikes festival taking place on the 17th and 18th August with a superb line up of writers, thinkers and politicians as well as storytelling bike rides and literary walks.

Towards the end of the year there are Halloween Ghost tours and activities and finally a Christmas Opening at the end of November proving this is a great family attraction with plenty of reasons to return more than once in a year and a great day out.