The house

Newhailes is a beautiful 18th-century villa set in the outskirts of Edinburgh. It was the home of the Dalrymple family for several centuries, and has been in the care of the National Trust for Scotland since 1997. Careful conservation techniques have frozen the property in time, preserving the house as it was when it was acquired by the Trust.

The house and the wider estate tell the fascinating story of over 300 years of history, touching upon the minutiae of family life as well as major international events. Over the centuries, Newhailes has played host to royalty, politicians and major figures of the Scottish Enlightenment.

It was once famous for having one of the largest private libraries in Europe, and the incredible collection it contained remains one of the most important private collections in Scotland. The contents of the library were offered to the National Library of Scotland in lieu of death duties in the 1970s, and the library now stands bare.


Newhailes is accessible by guided tour (or a self-guided visit once a month). Book on one of our amazing tours today:

Book tickets for the Story of Newhailes tour

Book tickets for the Newhailes House and Collections tour

Book tickets for the Behind the Scenes tour

Book tickets for the self-guided visit