Edinburgh & The Lothians

House of the Binns

With spectacular views across the Scottish countryside, the home of the Dalyells boasts 400 years of fascinating family history.
The exterior of the House of the Binns, with a carpet of pale yellow daffodils on the lawn in front.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the house, filled with rich storytelling and an impressive collection of family portraits, furniture and porcelain that reveals the lives and interests of the family through the centuries.

  • Admire the magnificent plaster ceilings from 1630, commissioned for the visit of King Charles I to Scotland in 1633.

  • See the Scottish Renaissance painted wood decoration, a rare survival from the earliest period of the house.

  • Walk through woodland to the tower on the hill for a wonderful panoramic view of central Scotland.

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About this place

Set in beautifully landscaped parkland overlooking the River Forth, this fascinating laird’s house near Linlithgow has been the home of the Dalyells for over 400 years. The present house was built in 1612 by Thomas Dalyell, an Edinburgh merchant who made his fortune at the court of King James VI and I in London.

Thomas’s son, General Tam Dalyell, formed the legendary regiment of Royal Scots Greys. There are many mementos of him in the house, as well as colourful legends about his dealings with the Devil to discover.

The house contains an interesting collection of family portraits, furniture, porcelain and silver acquired over several generations.

Our accreditations and awards

  • 4 Star Visitor Attraction
  • Green Tourism Silver