Borders, EH44 6PW
Dating back to 1107, Traquair was originally a hunting lodge for Scottish kings and queens, and is Scotland's oldest continually inhabited house.
Traquair was founded in the 12th century, but the present house was completed in 1695. Visitors are invited to relive its colourful past, and discover links with Mary Queen of Scots, the Jacobites and Bonnie Prince Charlie. The house has a strong Catholic tradition, and Mass was once said in secret in a small chamber on the top floor. A secret escape route for the priest was hidden behind a concealed cupboard and led down the old stairs.
The collection includes the bed where Mary Queen of Scots slept when she visited the house in 1566 and the cradle where she rocked her baby son James, as well as some of her possessions. Traquair's other treasures include the 17th-century painted beams in the High Drawing Room, remarkable tapestries and needlework, and a superb collection of Jacobite glass.