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!

Progress from the House of Dun Gardens...stay safe all!😁
20/04/2020

Progress from the House of Dun Gardens...stay safe all!😁

09/04/2020

We’re going to have to sign-off for a while because of the Coronavirus shut-down. Thank you so much for all your support.

You can still keep up to date on the continuing work of the Trust at nts.org.uk, on Facebook @NationalTrustforScotland, Twitter @N_T_S and on Instagram nationaltrustforscotland - Take care and stay safe – see you again soon.

06/04/2020
The National Trust for Scotland

Who do you think will win this round?

🏆SCOTTISH ANIMAL WORLD CUP🏆
Round 1: Match 3
PTARMIGAN vs MOUNTAIN HARE
Vote for your favourite ⬇️
#ScottishAnimalWorldCup #ForTheLoveOfScotland

Today is the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath. Although the celebrations of Arbroath 2020 have been post...
06/04/2020
Does one of Scotland's landmark events, the Declaration of Arbroath, still resonate 700 years on?

Today is the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath. Although the celebrations of Arbroath 2020 have been postponed until next year it is important to remember an important moment in Scotland's history.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/does-one-of-scotland-s-landmark-events-the-declaration-of-arbroath-still-resonate-700-years-on-jg0nc3stv

It is the claim of right to Scottish independence that still resonates seven centuries after it was signed.The Declaration of Arbroath, signed by 50 nobles and high-ranking officials in 1320, was sent

03/04/2020
The National Trust for Scotland

We're Kingfisher for this round, but if it comes down to it we're still routing for the Red Squirrel.

🏆SCOTTISH ANIMAL WORLD CUP🏆
Round 1: Match 2
SOAY SHEEP vs KINGFISHER
Vote for your favourite ⬇️
#ScottishAnimalWorldCup #ForTheLoveOfScotland

Some exciting news!
02/04/2020
The National Trust for Scotland

Some exciting news!

BREAKING NEWS!
We're delighted to announce Philip Long OBE, currently Director of V&A Dundee, is being appointed as Chief Executive of the National Trust for Scotland.
More ⬇️ #ForTheLoveOfScotland

Our North East Rangers have put together an activity sheet for people to do! Keep a look out in your garden and on your ...
01/04/2020

Our North East Rangers have put together an activity sheet for people to do! Keep a look out in your garden and on your daily walk and see if you can spot these items.

01/04/2020
The National Trust for Scotland

Round 1!

🏆SCOTTISH ANIMAL WORLD CUP🏆
Round 1: Match 1
BASKING SHARK vs ADDER
Vote for your favourite ⬇️
#ScottishAnimalWorldCup #ForTheLoveOfScotland

🏆SCOTTISH ANIMAL WORLD CUP🏆32 Scottish animals. 31 matches. 1 winner 🥇🙌Starting tomorrow, every Mon, Wed and Fri you can...
01/04/2020

🏆SCOTTISH ANIMAL WORLD CUP🏆
32 Scottish animals. 31 matches. 1 winner 🥇🙌
Starting tomorrow, every Mon, Wed and Fri you can vote for your favourite.
Will it be the Highland Cow? Otter? Puffin? Grouse? YOU DECIDE! 🤔 #ScottishAnimalWorldCup #ForTheLoveOfScotland

House of Dun's choice is the Red Squirrel! What's yours?

27/03/2020

Question 3 from “QUEST”

What is a Croft?

26/03/2020

For our second “QUEST” question..

Which NTS property has the best remnants of an ancient Caledonian pine forest?

26/03/2020

The answer to yesterday's question...

Which clan chief is the Duke of Montrose?

Clan Graham!

Spring bedding and bulbs are beginning to show a bit of life bringing cheer and joy to the garden...thanks again to the ...
25/03/2020

Spring bedding and bulbs are beginning to show a bit of life bringing cheer and joy to the garden...thanks again to the Angus Members centre for their generous contributions!

25/03/2020

We will be posting a trivia question from the National Trust for Scotland boardgame "QUEST" every day! The answers will be posted the following day. Are you keen to test your trivia?!

Which clan chief is the Duke of Montrose?

24/03/2020

A message from our chief executive, Simon Skinner, “As I have said before, our absolute priority is to ensure the wellbeing of our visitors and workforce. It is this that has led us to today’s very difficult decision.

To support non-essential travel instruction, we are closing all our remaining open properties, including gardens, grounds and country parks along with our car parks and holiday let properties. I am truly sorry for the disappointment and inconvenience this is causing but for the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff this is the right course of action.”

Due to the closure of our sites this has been posponed, we hope to have another volunteer day later in the year.
20/03/2020

Due to the closure of our sites this has been posponed, we hope to have another volunteer day later in the year.

Come along to our volunteer day on the 21st of March and find out all about our wonderful volunteering opportunities!

Day 2 🤔Em how many have we got left to do? Approx 1650!😕
19/03/2020

Day 2 🤔Em how many have we got left to do? Approx 1650!😕

Day 1 of potting up the tiny wee baby plants...loads eh space!😁
19/03/2020

Day 1 of potting up the tiny wee baby plants...loads eh space!😁

Due to the Coronavirus emergency, we have taken the difficult decision to keep gated properties closed and cancel events...
18/03/2020
Coronavirus emergency: all events suspended and restrictions on… | National Trust for Scotland

Due to the Coronavirus emergency, we have taken the difficult decision to keep gated properties closed and cancel events from 20 March to protect our visitors, supporters and staff. We’re sorry for the disappointment caused – but we’re keeping our country parks, gardens and landscapes open where possible, so the nation can relax and rejuvenate. Find out more -

Following national advice concerning social distancing and mass events and gatherings, we’ve taken the difficult decision to close all our gated properties…

Today we were installing our bespoke staging fabricated by master builder and full time gardener Andrea. Despite a small...
12/03/2020

Today we were installing our bespoke staging fabricated by master builder and full time gardener Andrea. Despite a small hiccup in the middle we found our rhythm and managed to straighten everything out!

The garden team and volunteers at the House of Dun have been very busy this week assembling the new poly tunnel in prepa...
12/03/2020

The garden team and volunteers at the House of Dun have been very busy this week assembling the new poly tunnel in preparation for this years summer bedding due to arrive next week. This has been possible thanks to the generous donation from the Angus Members Centre without whom new developments to the garden and infrastructure would not be happening! Thanks to them and our dedicated, hardworking and talented garden team and volunteers! More developments to follow!😁

Come along to our volunteer day on the 21st of March and find out all about our wonderful volunteering opportunities!
09/03/2020

Come along to our volunteer day on the 21st of March and find out all about our wonderful volunteering opportunities!

On the 12th of March Angus Member's Centre are hosting a talk by Dr Alix Power-Jones, Property Manager at Hugh Miller's ...
04/03/2020

On the 12th of March Angus Member's Centre are hosting a talk by Dr Alix Power-Jones, Property Manager at Hugh Miller's Birthplace Cottage & Museum. Go along and find out what happens when "The Museum Sleeps?"

This Sunday Angus Member's Centre are having their Snowdrop Tea at the House of Dun! Come along and enjoy the lovely gro...
18/02/2020

This Sunday Angus Member's Centre are having their Snowdrop Tea at the House of Dun! Come along and enjoy the lovely grounds and warm up with a home baked scone and hot drink in the House!

Snowdrop Afternoon at House of Dun on Sunday 23rd February 2020

Over recent years the Scottish Snowdrop Festival has gained momentum as more and more people enjoy the opportunity to shake off the winter blues by getting out and about to see the wonderful displays of these harbingers of spring. As the days lengthen their little white flowers push up through the cold ground and soon clumps can be seen in our gardens, lifting our spirits with their delicate nodding heads. Even more impressive are the vast carpets of snowdrops and other spring flowers which can be seen locally at the House of Dun, by Montrose. Although the house is currently closed, the garden & estate are open daily from 9am to dusk. As an added incentive, the local Angus Members' Centre of the National Trust for Scotland has organised their annual Snowdrop Afternoon at House of Dun on Sunday 23rd February. After exploring the policies, visitors will be able to enjoy tea/coffee and freshly baked scones in the wonderful setting of the Saloon from 1:30pm to 4pm. As last year, visitors will once again be entertained by Isobel Luke on piano and Heather Crabbe on flute. If you want to take some of the magic home to your own garden, the Members' Centre Gardening Group will have snowdrops, irises, aconites, fruit bushes and home grown produce for sale.
House of Dun is 3 miles west of Montrose on the A935 to Brechin. Stout footwear is advisable as it can get muddy underfoot on some of the paths around the estate. 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].

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; barrywate[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].

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Today we had lovely coffee and scones in the tearoom. Maisie our beagle sends her thanks for the bowl of dog biscuits which were very much appreciated! Excellent service, thank you.
Another wonderful visit , and actually inside on this occasion . Very impressed with our tour guide , friendly , knowledgable and a sense of humour . Excellent alfresco lunch and Ruby once again enjoyed her biscuits served on a plate. Thank you again
An amazing place to stay.
Hi what are your opening hours as facebook and NTS website give different details?
Halloween fun at the House of Dun, a fantastic day was had.
Second picture of Jason - aarrgghhh!!
Halloween fun at House of Dun. We even saw a photo of Jason from Friday 13th (below) - scary stuff 😱👻🎃