Traquair

Scotland's Oldest Inhabited House

Traquair House

Traquair House is now closed to the public until April 1st 2019. The grounds remain open and payment can be made via Honesty Box on main drive. Group tours of the house by appointment  and our accommodation in the house remains open throughout the year.

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, Garden Cafe 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.

Events

The Mighty Deerstalker

16th March 2019

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

21st April 2019 at 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Easter Eggstravaganza is back once more for a fabulous day of egg hunting, egg painting and lots of other activities.

Ruff Dugger in the Grounds of Traquair

18th May 2019 at 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

Traquair Medieval Fayre Weekend

25th May 2019 at 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on 26th May 2019 at 11:00am

The Traquair Medieval Fayre is Scotland’s only authentic Medieval Fayre and is an unbeatable mix of medieval entertainment from jousting to jesters in the grounds of Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited House.

Shakespeare at Traquair

29th May 2019 at 7:30 pm - 1st June 2019 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 29th May 2019

Shakespeare at Traquair – Love’s Labour’s Lost. A unique promenade production in the grounds of Traquair celebrating their 24th annual production.

A Dogs’ Day Out at Traquair

21st July 2019 at 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

A day out for dogs an their owners. Bring your dog along for some fun activities, competitions, displays and demos as well as doggy treats and organised walks.

Beyond Borders 2019

24th August 2019 at 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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One event on 25th August 2019 at 11:00am

Bringing together internationally renowned broadcasters, writers, thinkers, artists, diplomats and politicians to meet, talks and exchange ideas with the public about some of the most interesting and pressing issues of our time.

Ghostly Castle Tour Friday 7pm

25th October 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Halloween Ghost Tours at Traquair! Come to Traquair at night, if you dare, and experience a ghostly tour when inhabitants of the house will come to life to tell you their stories.

Ghostly Castle Tour Friday 9pm

25th October 2019 at 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Halloween Ghost Tours at Traquair! Come to Traquair at night, if you dare, and experience a ghostly tour when inhabitants of the house will come to life to tell you their stories.

Ghostly Castle Tour Saturday 7pm

26th October 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Halloween Ghost Tours at Traquair! Come to Traquair at night, if you dare, and experience a ghostly tour when inhabitants of the house will come to life to tell you their stories.

Ghostly Castle Tour Saturday 9pm

26th October 2019 at 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Halloween Ghost Tours at Traquair! Come to Traquair at night, if you dare, and experience a ghostly tour when inhabitants of the house will come to life to tell you their stories.

Halloween Fun Day

27th October 2019 at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for our family fun day at Traquair perfect for all ages if you want a fright or just some fun and games we have something for everyone.

Christmas Fayre Weekend

23rd November 2019 at 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Saturday and Sunday 10.30am to 4.00pm

Come to Traquair and enjoy a wonderful weekend of Christmas Cheer.

Reviews

We enjoyed a lovely walk around the grounds and then played in the maze before going for a walk up to the Bear Gates. We didn’t go into the house as we had a dog with us but still had a very enjoyable day.

J & H October 2018

Beautiful house and gardens. Great architecture and I loved the maze at the back of the house was lots of fun! The food in the Cafe was delicious, the burger was amazing, would definitely recommend!

Jonny June 2018

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

The woodland walks are really good with some amazing trees. We really enjoyed the challenge of the maze. There are small craft workshops. A real highlight was the cafe and the outstanding lunch…Cullen skink, vegetable tempura & cock a leekie followed by very, very good coffee and home-made cake (not easy to choose from such a wonderful selection). All staff friendly and welcoming.

Michael October 2018

We travelled quite a distance to see this house, on the advice of our guidebook. It was well worth the time and trouble. It is advertised as the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and the present owners do actually live in the one wing. The current laird, who is a woman, had made many of the presentations we heard. The house is full of interesting nooks and crannies, and steep winding staircases. There is some lovely old furniture and wallpaper. The tea room provided lovely home made cakes and good coffee.

Helen October 2018