Traquair Grounds & Woodlands

The natural beauty of Traquair’s grounds are a perfect complement to the intimate nature of the house

A Designed Landscape

The natural beauty of Traquair’s grounds are a perfect complement to the intimate nature of the house. There are no formal gardens here but a designed landscape of over 100 acres including woodlands, grounds and a large hedged maze planted in 1981.


Traquair was originally built in part of the Ettrick Forest and today it continues to be surrounded by ancient woodlands and more recent plantings. Some of the oldest yew trees in Scotland can be found on a woodland walk as well as striking examples of Scots Pine,Douglas Fir, Horse Chestnut, Limes, Ash and Beech.

There are woodland trails around the house including Lady Louisa’s walk which takes you past the Quair water and on to the River Tweed.

The Old Walled Garden & Cupid's Garden

The old walled garden is now mainly grassed over but with some surviving apple trees and a herbaceous border which has been developed here. It is situated next to the Garden Cafe where you can eat outside in the summer. There is also a small pond and fountain and is popular venue for weddings and events.

At the west side of the house you will find Cupid’s Garden tucked away and where the planting theme is whites and greys. Near Cupid’s Garden there is the Croquet Lawn where a Heather Hut still stands, built in 1834. Croquet sets can be provided on request.

Wildlife & Other Animals

The woodlands are rich in birdlife as well as other wildlife including otters, deer and other small mammals. Red Squirrels have been sighted in 2013 and we hope they will continue to live here.

Other more domestic wildlife include Peacocks, ducks, rare breed poultry, kune kune pigs, pygmy goats and not forgetting the King Charles Spaniels, Daphne and Delilah.

Dogs are welcome in the grounds as long as they are on leads at all times (this excludes Traquair Fair which takes place every other year in August). For a map of the grounds click here.