Many parents visit to introduce their children to Scottish history and their heritage, which the knowledgeable guides, many of them retired teachers, highlight by pointing out objects and stories of particular interest to children.
There is a quiz book to stimulate their interest, and for younger children there is a challenge to find a peacock or peacock-related item in each room.
There is plenty more fun outside too. Pick up one of the woodland walk leaflets from the car park or the house. These show marked trails and some of the plants and wildlife that might be seen along the way. Ranger-led guided walks can also be booked and are advertised from time to time. The grounds provide a great outdoor space for children, with two picnic areas, a woodland walk up to the tower on the hill and a circular walk around the estate for the more energetic.
Fine herds of cattle and sheep graze in the parkland and peacocks and peahens proudly pace around the grounds, which is why visitors are advised to keep dogs on a lead at all times.
Did you know?
The property features parkland of over 200 acres with magnificent panoramic views of Central Scotland to the north across the Forth and to the south to the Pentland Hills