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The Lorimer archives

This is a brief overview of the Lorimer archive collection held at Kellie Castle.

E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas – events

While our fantastic exhibition is closed, you can still experience it and our collections through the online exhibition events programme.

Susan, Duchess of Hamilton (1786–1859)

Join Regional Curator Sarah Beattie as she continues to explore the lives of the Hamilton family and the impact they had on the building, collections and interiors at Brodick Castle.

The first Burns Supper

Five years after he died, nine of Robert Burns’s close friends got together to remember him. They didn’t know it at the time, but this was the first Burns Supper.

Facing Our Past at Fyvie Castle

As part of our Facing Our Past project, we take a look at the Forbes-Leith family and their American connections.

What links Scotland’s National Bard to Bob Dylan?

Find out more about the connections between Robert Burns and one of America’s most famous songwriters.

Redeveloping the Great Garden at Pitmedden

Working with the landscape architect and Beechgrove Garden presenter Chris Beardshaw, we’re reinterpreting the classic parterre garden for the modern world.

Wildlife spotter’s guide: Goatfell

The wildest and highest parts of Arran are also home to an incredible range of amazing wildlife, including a number of Scotland’s most iconic species.

Wildlife spotter’s guide: Grey Mare’s Tail

Grey Mare’s Tail is one of the most spectacular landmarks in southern Scotland. As you venture through this hanging valley, a wealth of wildlife species are revealed.

Wildlife spotter’s guide: Inveresk Lodge Garden

A mixture of habitats, including a garden, woodland, a meadow and a pond, results in a wide variety of wildlife found in this pretty hillside garden.

Wildlife spotter’s guide: Mar Lodge Estate

Britain’s largest National Nature Reserve is truly a wildlife wonderland, home to many of Scotland’s most iconic species.

A path to the past

Craigievar Castle was once adjoined by a lower enclosing wall, known in Scots as a barmkin. Our installation of new paving and interpretation panels help to tell the story of this ‘lost wall’.

The Great Eight at Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park

Susan Mills, Head Education Guide at Brodick Castle, tells us about some of her favourite things to look out for at the property.

Many of our places are still open

Here’s our guide to which of our places are open, helping you make the most of the shorter days.

Burns Big Night In

Join us on Saturday 23 January as we take a cup of kindness in the company of friends for a celebration of Robert Burns and a showcase of Scottish talent.

Hogmanay in the Highlands

Find out more about the origins of our Hogmanay traditions and how this night may have been celebrated at Brodie Castle in the Scottish Highlands.

Welcoming back the ghost of the moor

In 2016, hen harriers returned to breed on Mar Lodge Estate for the first time in living memory.

A tale of two champions: the fight for freedom

In the second part of our blog, Regional Curator Sarah Beattie takes a closer look at the lives of Molineaux and his trainer, and their experiences as black boxers in Britain in the early 1800s.

A Georgian House Christmas

Did you know that in the late 18th and early 19th century Christmas was celebrated for a full month? Discover how Christmas might have been celebrated at the Georgian House.

The past in the post – a special delivery from yesterday!

In this second post about Agnes Toward’s letters, we take a closer look to learn more about life in Glasgow during the early and mid-20th century.

New traditions for Christmas 2020

As we approach a Christmas that’ll be like no other, we turn to our collections for inspiration and invent some new traditions for 2020.

Margaret Fay Shaw’s first Christmas in Britain in 1920

Folklorist Margaret Fay Shaw, from Pittsburgh and Canna, describes her first British Christmas in London, on holiday from school in Helensburgh.

A Canna Christmas

Join Canna archivist Fiona Mackenzie at her fireside in Canna House for a special insight into Christmas in the Hebrides.

Red squirrel success story at Inverewe

Inverewe is part of an exciting and highly successful red squirrel relocation project – find out more about the story so far.