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A Visit to the House of the Binns

26
Jul
2011

Last week I took an impromptu trip to The House of the Binns, an historic house near Linlithgow in Scotland, and seat of the Dalyell  family.

The house dates from the early 17th Century and is an attraction that’s been on my list of places to visit for some time.  I was glad I finally got the chance to go.   The house is magnificent and is set in beautiful surroundings enjoying panoramic views of Central Scotland: to the north, across the River Forth to the Highlands, and south over the Pentland Hills.The house contains a collection of porcelain, furniture, and portraits tracing the family’s lives and interests through the centuries.  The house is

On the way to the house you might have to wait for a few sheep to get out of the road before you can make your way through the field and to the house.  There are also quite a few peacocks roaming freely around the gardens of the house.  I was lucky enough to see some of them display their feathers and  I was a bit surprised at the loud honking noise they make!

I was given a quick tour around the inside of the house and even though it was brief, I managed to get a feel for just how much history you are surrounded by.  There are loads of family portraits adorning each wall in almost every room, and many interesting items and furniture.  As normal I took a handful of pictures that will do a much better job at describing the house than I can.

If you’re planning to visit House of the Binns, the House offers guided tours from June to September, 2pm – 5pm from Wednesday to Saturday each week.  The estate is open 7 days a week, all year round.

The House of the Binns

This peacock kindly posed for me for a minute or two.  It’s great to see them roaming around so freely like they own the place!

The House of the Binns

The House of the Binns

General Tam Dalyell's boots

The house’s most famous piece of history is the fascinating life of General Tam Dalyell (1615–1685) who reportedly played cards with the devil!  You can find out more about him in this wiki article.

The House of the Binns

Eve who was on a tour of the house with her parents kindly tested out this 17th century torture device for me.  No one was hurt!

The House of the Binns

The peacock showed a magnificent display of colour.   He kept turning his back to me so it was really hard to get a good shot of him.  I do have a few nice snaps of his rear view but I didn’t think anyone wanted to see that!

The House of the Binns

The House of the Binns

General Tam Dalyell of the Binns

The House of the Binns

Thomas Dalyell 1571 - 1642

The House of the Binns

The House of the Binns

The House of the Binns

Sir William Dalyell 7th Baronet 1784 - 1865

The House of the Binns

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Written by Visit West Lothian at 08:36

Tags: Walks , family , linlithgow , summer

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