Set in beautifully landscaped parkland overlooking the River Forth, this fascinating laird’s house has been home to the Dalyells' for over 400 years. Admire the rich collection of paintings, furniture and porcelain, or enjoy a tranquil woodland walk to the tower for a panoramic view of central Scotland.

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.

A warm welcome awaits visitors at the home of the Dalyells', with rooms rich in family history and personality – access to the house is by guided tour only.  Access to the house can be arranged by calling 01506 830175 for further details. 

Outside, there is extensive landscaped parkland to explore, which has sheep, cattle and a peafowl colony of about 30. Children can take the challenge to find a peacock, or a peacock-related item in each room of the house. The grounds remain open all year.


This place is run by the National Trust for Scotland

Please go to their website for more information:

Further information

Opening Hours

1 Jan - 31 Mar
1 Apr - 31 May
Thu-Mon, 10.00-16.00 (pre-booked tours only)
1 Jun - 31 Aug
Daily, 10.00-16.00 (pre-booked tours only)
1 Sep - 30 Oct
Wed-Mon, 10.00-16.00 (pre-booked tours only)
31 Oct - 31 Dec


One adult family
Young Scot

The house is open for pre-booked tours only but visitors are welcome to explore the extensive landscaped parkland on one of the waymarked trails.


Accessible access
Dog friendly
Dog walking
Educational opportunities
Family friendly
Family friendly path
Point of interest
Landscaped Area

Useful information

Accessibility info

The House of the Binns offers level access to the ground floor, but the upper storey is inaccessible for wheelchairs. The surroundings feature smooth tarmac drives and pathways, with available Blue Badge parking. Assistance dogs are welcome in both the house and estate.

There is a detailed accessibility guide on the NTS website.

Food and drink

There are no food and drink facilities available on-site.


Assistance dogs are welcome in the house and estate. All dogs are welcome on the wider estate but must be kept on a short lead and under control.