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House of the Binns

Family portraits and furnishings from the heart of Scottish history grace the home of the Dalyells

Planning your visit

Since 1944, this grand home has been in the care of the National Trust for Scotland on the proviso that ‘the history, legend and memory of the family’ are preserved and that subsequent generations retain the right to live there.

The house is open for pre-booked tours only and visitors are welcome to explore the extensive landscaped parkland on one of the waymarked trails. Keep an eye out for the sheep, cattle and a peafowl colony of about 20.

Book your tour

Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead due to livestock (sheep, peafowl and more).

For more information about planning your visit, please see the drop-down facilities below or our frequently asked questions.

If you need to get in touch, please telephone 01506 830175.

Facilities & access

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development.

The house tour features uneven flooring and a number of stairs throughout. A video of the upper floor, alongside detailed photographs, has been created for those who remain on the ground level.

We have also created a detailed accessibility guide for House of the Binns.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.

3G/4G coverage

Disabled parking is available at the main door by arrangement.

We are approximately 2 miles from NCN76 at Blackness, via the B9109.
There are bike racks opposite the car park.

Buggy access

There is a holiday cottage in the grounds of House of the Binns:

Gate Lodge (sleeps 2)

Booking a holiday with the National Trust for Scotland helps us to protect this special place, now and for the future.

Parking is available a short distance from the house and is free for members of the National Trust for Scotland.


Outside, there is extensive landscaped parkland to explore, which has sheep, cattle and a peafowl colony of about 20. There are ranger-guided walks and activities as advertised on our Events page.

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

Opening times


1 Sep–30 Oct, Thu–Mon, 10.00–16.00 (pre-booked tours only) Current period31 Oct–31 Mar 2024, closed

Current period1 Jan–31 Dec, daily, 9.00–19.30

Entry prices

House tour
One adult family
Young Scot

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

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