House of Dun

House of Dun The National Trust for Scotland's House of Dun and Montrose Basin Nature Reserve is located just 3 miles from Montrose.
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The House of Dun is a beautiful Georgian house, overlooking Montrose Basin, with later Victorian influences both structurally and decorative. The house is situated within the Dun Estate which has been in the possession of the Erskine family since 1375. The House of Dun is the third house in which the Erskine’s have lived in over the course of 21 generations till the last Laird, Mrs Millicent Lovett (nee Erskine), died in 1980. Construction began in 1730, following the finalisation of the design by William Adam, and was completed in 1744. The design follows the popular neo-classic style of a Palladian mansion which was all the rage back in the Georgian era. The house features superb plasterwork, by Joseph Enzer, including Jacobite themes and ancient gods. The house was modernised in the Victorian era by John Erskine Kennedy Erskine and his wife Lady Augusta Kennedy Erskine (nee Fitz Clarence). Lady Augusta left a legacy in the from of several stunning pieces of needlework ranging from curtains to fire screens. Outside, enjoy the attractive walled garden, woodland walks, children’s adventure playground or visit the historic family graveyard and mausoleum. There is the chance to play croquet on our traditional croquet lawn from June to the end of August. And in the autumn months fairy trails outside and later on reindeer hunts too!

07/02/2020

⚠️Please be advised-

The met office have issued a warning of high winds 🌬 for Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th February. There are wind gusts of over 40mph from 4pm TODAY until Monday morning with winds peaking and easing at various times.

Due to the increased risk of branches and debris we have decided to close the Estate over the weekend.

We trust you understand and look forward to welcoming you back once the weather has improved.

Come along to the Angus Member's Centre talk on the 13th of February and hear our Regional Gardens & Landscape Manager, ...
04/02/2020

Come along to the Angus Member's Centre talk on the 13th of February and hear our Regional Gardens & Landscape Manager, Chris Wardle, talk about what it is like Gardening for the Trust!

Angus Member's Centre latest talk is taking place on the 16th of January at 2.30pm at the Guide Hall, Forfar.
13/01/2020

Angus Member's Centre latest talk is taking place on the 16th of January at 2.30pm at the Guide Hall, Forfar.

13/01/2020

Pleased be advised-

The met office have issued a yellow warning of high winds 🌬 for Monday 13th January.

As visitor safety is our number one priority we would ask that you avoid any walks around House of Dun and it's nearby woodlands due to potential damage it may cause to trees and buildings. This is especially prudent from 15:00- 20:00 wherein winds gusts exceed 50mph.

We trust you understand and look forward to welcoming you back once the weather has improved.

06/01/2020

Due to the Met Office weather warning of high winds on Tuesday 7th of January, the House of Dun Estate will be Closed.

This is to ensure the safety of our visitors. We appreciate your understanding.

31/12/2019

Happy New Year everyone🎉🎊!!

Here's to another great year where we'll be seeing exciting new developments at the House of Dun, watch this space 👀.

25/12/2019

Just wanted to say Marry Christmas to everyone 🎁🎄! It's been a great year full of events and we'd like to wish everyone who has been along to see us a very merry Christmas!🥰

Santa is here!! 🎅We have limited spaces left for Santa tomorrow but Mrs Claus will be reading stories all day! 🤶🎄
14/12/2019

Santa is here!! 🎅

We have limited spaces left for Santa tomorrow but Mrs Claus will be reading stories all day! 🤶🎄

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Wreath making workshops the other week! A massive thank you to Sharon For Pl...
09/12/2019

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Wreath making workshops the other week!

A massive thank you to Sharon For Plants, Local Seasonal Flowers, Weddings and Handmade Wreaths for showing us a traditional way of making our wreaths!!

Keep a look out for flower and wreath making sessions next year 🤩

Don't miss our CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING workshop, Sat 30 Nov & Sun 1 Dec 🎄✨Forage in our stunning grounds for the perfect...
14/11/2019
Wreath making at House of Dun | National Trust for Scotland

Don't miss our CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING workshop, Sat 30 Nov & Sun 1 Dec 🎄✨
Forage in our stunning grounds for the perfect greenery 🌿, warm up with a tasty hot drink ☕️, and make your own beautiful and unique Christmas wreath! 😍
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Forage in our stunning grounds for the perfect greenery, warm up with a tasty hot drink, and make your own beautiful and unique Christmas wreath.

13/11/2019

Afternoon talk - Update on Angus Folk Museum Collection

Unfortunately the original speaker for the NTS Angus Members' Centre talk on Thursday 14th November is now unavailable. This does, however, mean that Cameron Hinde, the National Trust for Scotland Visitor Services Manager for the Angus Region, will be able to update us on the plans for the collection from the Angus Folk Museum.

The collection, depicting over two hundred years of Angus rural life, was originally gifted to the Trust as a regional collection and was housed in Kirkwynd, Glamis. Latterly the condition of the cottage buildings was considered no longer suitable to prevent deterioration of the collection and everything was removed in 2017. After recording, collating and packing, all the items were relocated to a temperature controlled unit in the Brechin Business Park where each item was examined, conserved and added to the NTS central database with photos, measurements and full description. It has now been agreed to relocate the collection to a new interpretation area at House of Dun and the plans have gone out to tender, with work expected to start next year. Cameron will share the Trust's visions for the future display of the collection and the progress to date.

The talk takes place in the Guide Hall, Myre Car Park, Forfar at 2:30pm on the Thursday 14th. The event is open to everyone and non members would be very welcome, so come along to learn more. The admission charge of £4 includes light refreshments after the meeting.

This is one of a number of events run by the Angus Members' Centre. For further information contact the Membership Secretary on 01674 676783 or email [email protected].

Looks like it's going to be a cool craft fair at the mill on the 23rd!!  🎁🛍🎄Got to be thinking about those Christmas gif...
13/11/2019

Looks like it's going to be a cool craft fair at the mill on the 23rd!! 🎁🛍🎄
Got to be thinking about those Christmas gifts 🤔

If you make your own crafts or sell Christmas goodies, you may wish to book a stall and join in with the Barry Mill Christmas Fair & Santa's Grotto event on Sat the 23rd Nov.

Please private message or email; [email protected] for details

27/10/2019
On Saturday the 2nd Angus Member’s Centre is having a Coffee Morning in the Old Parish Church Hall, Kirriemuir. Come alo...
23/10/2019

On Saturday the 2nd Angus Member’s Centre is having a Coffee Morning in the Old Parish Church Hall, Kirriemuir. Come along and pick up some home baking and Christmas Cards!

Coffee Morning in Kirriemuir – Saturday 2nd November

On Saturday 2nd November, the Angus Members' Centre of the National Trust for Scotland is holding a Coffee Morning from 10am to 12noon in the Old Parish Church Hall, Kirriemuir. Arrange to meet your friends for "a cuppie" and a chat. Try your luck with our tombola, raid our books and Bric-a-Brac stall, pick up plants and some lovely home grown produce from Charles or goodies from the cake & candy stall. (Donations to any of the stalls will be gratefully received.) There will also be NTS Christmas cards and calendars on sale.

This is always a friendly event and visitors from outside Kirriemuir would be most welcome. Come along and help us raise funds for the special National Trust for Scotland properties in our local area! We look forward to seeing you.

This is one of a number of events run by the Angus Members' Centre. For further information contact the Membership Secretary on 01674 676783 or email [email protected].

We are getting ready for a weekend filled with Art, Crafts and Tasty food! Exclusively Highlands 10am-4pm Sat & Sun
23/10/2019
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We are getting ready for a weekend filled with Art, Crafts and Tasty food!

Exclusively Highlands 10am-4pm Sat & Sun

House of Dun is every bit the perfect 18th-century laird’s home. Visit the Art, Craft and Food Fair next weekend to see a showcase of beautiful artwork, gorgeous textiles, aromatic candles, quirky ceramics, stunning glass work and furnishings, delicate jewellery, fine home furnishings, tasty preserves,a range of gins, spices and more in this stunning setting.

It's a pretty spooky place indeed, all sorts of odd bumps and noises if you're walking through the House of Dun in the d...
21/10/2019
10 of Scotland’s spookiest forgotten ghost stories

It's a pretty spooky place indeed, all sorts of odd bumps and noises if you're walking through the House of Dun in the dark on your own 👻🎃💀
Even heard someone say they've felt something pull their hair in one room 😐.

We all know about the Mackenzie Poltergeist and the Pink Lady of Stirling Castle, but what about Scotland's lesser-known ghost stories?

Pop down to Erskine's Cafe this weekend (10:30-15:30) and pick up a jar or our gorgeous Jam or Chutney!
03/10/2019

Pop down to Erskine's Cafe this weekend (10:30-15:30) and pick up a jar or our gorgeous Jam or Chutney!

Ben Reiss of the Morton Photography Project and Angus Members’ Centre AGM, 3rd October 2019On Thursday 3rd October there...
01/10/2019

Ben Reiss of the Morton Photography Project and Angus Members’ Centre AGM, 3rd October 2019

On Thursday 3rd October there will be a talk from Ben Reiss of the Morton Photography Project, funded by the Morton Charitable Trust. Started in 2014, the project aim was to catalogued, digitise, research and conserve the photographic collections held at National Trust for Scotland properties such as Robert Smail’s Printing Works in Innerleithen, the Tenement House in Glasgow, St Kilda and Angus Folk Museum. The collections included cameras, film and glass negatives, 35mm slides and printed photographs. The subjects involved were many and various - panoramas of glens and farmlands, pictures of aristocratic social gatherings, snapshots of daily life in the Hebrides, views of grand houses and castles, family portraits. Part of the project was to improve access to the Trust’s photographic collections and Ben was also involved with pupils at Langlands Primary School in looking at old pictures of Forfar in the Angus Folk Museum photography collection and comparing those with recent photos of modern Forfar.

The talk follows the AGM of the Angus Members’ Centre of the NTS (and the refreshments), which takes place at 2.15pm in the Guide Hall, Myre Car Park, Forfar. The meeting is open to everyone and non members would be very welcome, so come along and find out more. This is one of a number of events run by the Angus Members' Centre. For further information contact the Membership Secretary on 01674 676783 or email [email protected].

This Saturday Angus Members' Centre is having a coffee morning at the Guide Hall in Forfar, pop along between 10am-12pm ...
18/09/2019

This Saturday Angus Members' Centre is having a coffee morning at the Guide Hall in Forfar, pop along between 10am-12pm and treat yourself to a lovely cake and coffee!

We're Getting ready to welcome Dr Janusz Piotrowicz for this afternoons piano recital in the Saloon. It's not often we g...
12/09/2019
Piano Recital at House of Dun, with Dr Janusz Piotrowicz

We're Getting ready to welcome Dr Janusz Piotrowicz for this afternoons piano recital in the Saloon.
It's not often we get to hear a world renowned pianist 🤩.
Tickets still available, just follow the link below to get yours.

We’re delighted to welcome Dr Janusz Piotrowicz to the House of Dun! This renowned pianist and conductor will perfom a short programme on our Broadwood Grand in the stunning surroundings of the Saloon. 

11/09/2019
Piano Recital at House of Dun, with Dr Janusz Piotrowicz | National Trust for Scotland

Tomorrow we welcome Dr Janusz Piotrowicz for recital in the Saloon.

We can't wait to hear the house come alive with music! Don't forget to purchase your tickets as numbers are limited. 🎼😍

https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/events/piano-recital-at-house-of-dun-with-dr-janusz-piotrowicz-de-jagiellon

We’re delighted to welcome Dr Janusz Piotrowicz to the House of Dun! This renowned pianist and conductor will perfom a short programme on our Broadwood Grand…

Angus Members' Centre Plant sale is on this Sun 1:30-15:30.Come along early to avoid disappointment!
11/09/2019

Angus Members' Centre Plant sale is on this Sun 1:30-15:30.

Come along early to avoid disappointment!

Plant Sale at House of Dun, Sunday 15th September 2019

The Angus Members' Centre of the National Trust for Scotland is holding its Autumn Plant Sale at the House of Dun, by Montrose, on Sunday 15th September, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

There will be the usual wide variety of plants on sale - trees, shrubs, herbaceous, perennials, fruit bushes, etc. The majority are grown locally by the Members' Centre Gardeners or donated by members. Some plants are fairly common, but some are more unusual - all the plants will be good value and our regular customers know to come early for the best selection. As well as plants there will be some jams and other produce. The Members’ Centre Gardeners will also be on hand to help with purchases and offer advice. Why not come along and see what we have to offer. The House, cafe and shop will be open and the gardens and grounds are well worth a visit, so bring the family and make an afternoon of it.

Any donations of plants or produce would be gratefully received. If you have a bumper crop of apples or plums and don't know what to do with them, or any plants that are surplus to your needs they could be just what somebody else wants, so please bring them along or contact Charles on 01307 463860, Joyce on 01674 676783 or email [email protected].

For further information on this or other events organised by the Members' Centre, please contact the Membership Secretary on 01674 676783 or email [email protected].

Mr Penguin has arrived at Dun for a holiday!! He is getting ready for the Piano recital this Thursday, don't forget to g...
10/09/2019

Mr Penguin has arrived at Dun for a holiday!!

He is getting ready for the Piano recital this Thursday, don't forget to get your tickets as there is a limited number available.

https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/house-of-dun/events

Brechin Community Penguin @Brechin_Penguin

Some amazing end of season reductions to be found at the House of Dun right now!!🤩Perfect chance to grab some early Chri...
10/09/2019

Some amazing end of season reductions to be found at the House of Dun right now!!🤩

Perfect chance to grab some early Christmas gifts!😉

Not long now till our end of season plant sales, run by the Angus Members Centre. Next weekend on Sunday 15th September,...
06/09/2019

Not long now till our end of season plant sales, run by the Angus Members Centre.
Next weekend on Sunday 15th September, grab some bargains 😁

Plant Sale at House of Dun, Sunday 15th September 2019

The Angus Members' Centre of the National Trust for Scotland is holding its Autumn Plant Sale at the House of Dun, by Montrose, on Sunday 15th September, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

There will be the usual wide variety of plants on sale - trees, shrubs, herbaceous, perennials, fruit bushes, etc. The majority are grown locally by the Members' Centre Gardeners or donated by members. Some plants are fairly common, but some are more unusual - all the plants will be good value and our regular customers know to come early for the best selection. As well as plants there will be some jams and other produce. The Members’ Centre Gardeners will also be on hand to help with purchases and offer advice. Why not come along and see what we have to offer. The House, cafe and shop will be open and the gardens and grounds are well worth a visit, so bring the family and make an afternoon of it.

Any donations of plants or produce would be gratefully received. If you have a bumper crop of apples or plums and don't know what to do with them, or any plants that are surplus to your needs they could be just what somebody else wants, so please bring them along or contact Charles on 01307 463860, Joyce on 01674 676783 or email [email protected].

For further information on this or other events organised by the Members' Centre, please contact the Membership Secretary on 01674 676783 or email [email protected].

Today, among the many tasty bakes in our cafe, we have this delectable Vegan Chocolate & Hazelnut Torte 😍
01/09/2019

Today, among the many tasty bakes in our cafe, we have this delectable Vegan Chocolate & Hazelnut Torte 😍

Along with our amazing lunch menu we are selling Apple & Pear Chutney, made with the fruit from our gardens!!
31/08/2019

Along with our amazing lunch menu we are selling Apple & Pear Chutney, made with the fruit from our gardens!!

26/08/2019

Who knows what a flock of swallows is called 🤔. Here's a little video of one visiting the House just now!

Watch to the end for the full effect 🤩.

21/08/2019
House of Dun - visit today

Have you discovered the elegant House of Dun in Montrose yet? What do you love most about it? 🏰😍
Visit today: nts.org.uk/House-of-Dun
#ForTheLoveOfScotland

Heather's Here today until 3pm!! She's VisitScotland's Moooving tourist information point and she's a rare sight, so tak...
21/08/2019

Heather's Here today until 3pm!! She's VisitScotland's Moooving tourist information point and she's a rare sight, so take the chance to catch her while you can!!

#scotland #wildlife

Just one week till Heather arrives for her visit here!! She'll be stopping for a long lunch from 11am to 3pm on the 21st...
14/08/2019

Just one week till Heather arrives for her visit here!! She'll be stopping for a long lunch from 11am to 3pm on the 21st before she.... Moooooves on!

What a brilliant performance and thankfully the weather behaved itself! Thank you to all who came to see Wuthering Heigh...
13/08/2019

What a brilliant performance and thankfully the weather behaved itself! Thank you to all who came to see Wuthering Heights!!

Some real time proof that you can't trust the weather reports 😉
13/08/2019

Some real time proof that you can't trust the weather reports 😉

13/08/2019

As they say in show business 'The show must go on!' and despite some unpredictable weather, tonight's outdoor production of Wuthering Heights is all go!
The stage is being set and the actors are ready and willing, it'll be a night to remember.

Tickets will be available on the door at the last second should you wish to join us 😁.

On Friday the 16th of August, Angus Member's Centre are having their Summer Concert at St John's Church, Forfar. Tickets...
07/08/2019

On Friday the 16th of August, Angus Member's Centre are having their Summer Concert at St John's Church, Forfar.

Tickets £10 (includes finger buffet & refreshments)

As well as having a delightfully delicious menu Erskine's Cafe also does specials! This is our Courgette & Pea Fritters,...
07/08/2019

As well as having a delightfully delicious menu Erskine's Cafe also does specials!

This is our Courgette & Pea Fritters, with Broad Bean guacamole. Even more exciting is that the produced used in this dish was grown on the Estate! 😍🌿

Our talented Chef Charlotte has been inspired by Paris today, come along to Dun and cheer your self up on this damp day ...
04/08/2019

Our talented Chef Charlotte has been inspired by Paris today, come along to Dun and cheer your self up on this damp day with a delicious Chocolate Eclair and a strong coffee! 🤩

Just had confirmation that Heather, Visit Scotland's traveling Coo-Mooobile will be visiting us at House of Dun on the 2...
31/07/2019

Just had confirmation that Heather, Visit Scotland's traveling Coo-Mooobile will be visiting us at House of Dun on the 21st of August!! Come on over and see Heather when she visits!

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