Organised by the Edinburgh Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Visit to Newhailes

Guided Tour | Newhailes

Saturday 4 October 2014 - 10:00

Dr Samuel Johnson is said to have remarked that the Library at Newhailes was ’the most learned drawing room in Europe’. Indeed Newhailes, seemingly untouched since the time of Boswell and Johnson’s visit to Scotland in 1773, is the prime example of the Scottish Enlightenment house. It still displays the portraits of Sir David Dalrymple, Lord Hailes and his family; many among the greatest masterpieces of Allan Ramsay. The plasterwork by Thomas Clayton is some of the best in Scotland. Eighteenth-century furniture, china and other works of decorative art create an exceptionally complete experience of Rococo artistry.

The group are fortunate to be taken around Newhailes by Ian Gow, Chief Curator Emeritus of the National Trust for Scotland. He was responsible for the restoration of the house after its acquisition by the Trust in 1997 and his work there initiated a new, highly sensitive approach to the restoration of a Scottish historic interior.

To reserve your place please contact Helen Ruthven for details on how to send a cheque. You will not receive a ticket for this event but we shall notify you by email that your name has been added to our list of guests.

Car parking is available or there is a Lothian bus number 30 to the gate. The café will be open.

If there is sufficient demand there will also be an 11 am tour.

This event has been organised by the Edinburgh Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue information


National Trust For Scotland, Newhailes, Musselburgh, Midlothian, EH21 6RY

Entry details


To book, please contact Helen Ruthven on or call 0131 226 7489

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