The grounds are open, but the house remains closed for renovation work.
The House of the Binns (house of the hills) is a 17th-century historic house set in 200 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland with panoramic views of central Scotland.
The house has been the seat of the Dalyell family for centuries, and the collections tell the story of the family’s lives and passions. Marvel at the ornate plaster ceilings commissioned for a visit from King Charles I and see the rare Scottish Renaissance-painted wood decoration.
Of particular interest are the artefacts and stories surrounding General Tom Dalyell, founder of the Royal Scots Greys. Hear how he escaped from the Tower of London to Russia and discover intriguing tales about his dealings with the devil.
In 1944, the Dalyell family gifted the house, its contents, and the parkland, along with an endowment, to the National Trust for Scotland, retaining the right of the family to live in the house. In more recent times, the house was home to Tam Dalyell, Scottish Labour Party politician and Lord Rector of the University of Edinburgh. He died in 2017.
The walking trails are open while the house undergoes restoration. Please note there are no public toilets. Parking is available.
The parkland was designed for dramatic visual impact with contrasting landscapes and new views at every turn. It makes for a lovely walk and is perfect for a picnic. There is a trail which takes in the sights of Blackness Castle, the House of the Binns, Binns Tower, the Hopetoun Wood boundary, Paddy’s Cottage, Errick Burn Wood, the old south approach bridge, the walled garden, old stable block and sergeants pond.
It’s a fairly gentle 2-mile walk with some steep sections.
Find out more about the parkland trail.
The woodland walk offers wildlife, ancient trees and fantastic views. Look out for General Tam’s Smokehouse which he used as an indoor retreat. You’ll also see Binns Tower. This is a 1-mile walk which takes about 30 minutes. There are some steep sections.
Find out more about the woodland walk.