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House of the Binns

Family portraits and furnishings from the heart of Scottish history grace the home of the Dalyells
The exterior of the House of the Binns, with a carpet of pale yellow daffodils on the lawn in front.
  • Admire the magnificent plaster ceilings from 1630, commissioned for the visit of King Charles I to Scotland in 1633.

  • A rich collection of family portraits, furniture and porcelain reveal the lives and interests of the family through the centuries.

  • 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.

Today’s Opening Hours

Daily, 9.00–19.30
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Entry prices

One adult family
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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