House of Dun

This week, we are visiting the House of Dun in Montrose.  Situated just a few miles outside of Montrose on the road heading towards Brechin, House of Dun is a beautiful Georgian house with wonderful gardens that is certainly worthy of a visit.  It is the second top thing to do in Montrose on Trip Advisor! When you drive into the grounds, you pass the House on your right hand side and head up to the car park just beyond.

History surrounding the House of Dun dates as far back as 1350, to a time before the house was built!  Sir Robert Erskine, from Renfrewshire, purchased the Dun Estate in 1375 and a tower house was built on the ground just to the west of where the current house stands today.  The tower house stayed in the Erskine Family as the family home until the early 1700’s when David Erskine, the 13th Laird of Dun, decided to pull the house down and build a more prominent one.

In 1730, work began on the House of Dun and it was built and designed by William Adam.  It took 13 years to build and generations of the Erskine Family continued to live in the house up until 1947.  The wonderful architecture can be seen right throughout the house, especially in the saloon.

We have visited several times and especially love taking a walk around the walled garden and woodland.  Great to admire the stunning scenery and see all the wildlife.  Finished off with a wee look around the gift shop and a hot drink and cake in the cafe, it is a great day out!  Check out the NTS Website for full details of opening times and ticket prices.

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