National Trust for Scotland, Newhailes

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Newhailes in Musselburgh, just outside Edinburgh, is an amazing survival story. From the moment you pass through the gateway you are in one of the most intriguing properties in the care of the National Trust for Scotland. This fascinating multi-layered house and historical landscape took centuries to evolve and still remain remarkably intact. From 1709, Newhailes was home to the influential Dalrymple dynasty, who gave the house its important library and superb interiors, and created the intricate designed landscape. Much of the original decoration and furnishings have survived intact, retaining the mellowness of its interiors, rather than being an immaculately restored dwelling. The picture collection includes an exceptionally fine series of portraits, including examples by Allan Ramsay and John Baptist de Medina.

Newhailes Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian EH21 6RY Scotland

0844 4932125

The House is open 6th to 9th April, Friday to Monday 12pm–5pm; 3rd May to 30th September, Thursday to Monday 12pm–5pm. The Shop, Stables Cafe and Visitor Centre are open 6th to 9th April, Friday to Monday 11am–5pm; 3rd May to 30th September, Thursday to Monday 11am–5pm; 1st to 31st October, Saturday to Sunday 11am–4pm. Tours last approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, starting every 30 minutes from the Visitor Centre.