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. 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 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

Operating as usual

16/03/2021

It's lovely to see so many people out and about walking at House of Dun.
We are incredibly grateful to our members and visitors who continue to support the work of the National Trust for Scotland.
The income from our car park as well as donations go towards the upkeep of house and estate. As a charity this income is vital to enable us to create and maintain the wonderful visitor experience for everyone to enjoy.
So it is always disappointing to see so many cars owners not paying to park (non members). If you are planning a visit, please remember to pay at the machine in the car park or display your members sticker.

Thank you for your support!

It's International Women's Day 2021 and we would like to spend it recognising the brilliant Violet Jacob  Violet Jacob w...
08/03/2021

It's International Women's Day 2021 and we would like to spend it recognising the brilliant Violet Jacob

Violet Jacob was born at the House of Dun in 1863. She was described later in life by Hugh MacDiarmid as "by far the most considerable of contemporary vernacular poets". She was particularly known for her poems in the Angus dialect. Her poetry was associated with that of Scots revivalists like Marion Angus, Alexander Gray and Lewis Spence, who drew their inspiration from early Scots poets such as Robert Henryson and William Dunbar, rather than from Robert Burns.
Jacob is commemorated in Makars' Court, outside the Writers' Museum, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh. Selections for Makars' Court are made by the Writers' Museum, The Saltire Society and The Scottish Poetry Library. In 1936 she was awarded an honorary LLD degree by Edinburgh University.

Baltic Street by Violet Jacob

My dainty lass, lay you the blame
Upon the richtfu’ heid;
‘Twas daft ill-luck that bigg’d yer hame
The wrang side o’ the Tweed.
Ye hae yer tocher a’ complete,
Ye’re bonny as the rose,
But I was born in Baltic Street,
In Baltic Street, Montrose!
Lang syne on mony a waefu’ nicht,
Hie owre the sea’s distress,
I’ve seen the great airms o’ the licht
Swing oot frae Scurdyness;
An’ prood, in sunny simmer blinks,
When land-winds rase an’ fell,
I’d flee my draigon on the links
Wi’ callants like mysel’.
Oh, Baltic Street is cauld an’ bare
An’ mebbe no sae grand,
But ye’ll feel the smell i’ the caller air
O’ kippers on the land.
‘Twixt kirk an’ street the deid fowk bide,
Their feet towards the sea,
Ill neebours for a new-made bride,
Gin ye come hame wi’ me.
The steeple shades the kirkyaird grass,
The seamen’s hidden banes,
A dour-like kirk to an English lass
Wha kens but English lanes;
And when the haar, the winter through,
Creeps blind on close and wa’
My hame micht get a curse frae you,
Mysel’ get mebbe twa.
I’ll up an’ aff the morn’s morn
To seek some reid-haired queyn,
Bauld-he’rted, strang-nieved, bred an’ born
In this auld toon o’ mine.
And oh! for mair I winna greet,
Gin we hae meal an’ brose,
And a but an’ ben in Baltic Street,
In Baltic Street, Montrose!

#internationalwomensday

❤️ Happy Valentines Day ❤️  Planning your wedding?We’ll make your special day very special here at beautiful House of Du...
14/02/2021

❤️ Happy Valentines Day ❤️

Planning your wedding?

We’ll make your special day very special here at beautiful House of Dun.

From micro weddings & elopement packages to wedding for up to 500 at House of Dun we will be delighted to accommodate your special day. For more details on our range of perfect wedding packages email [email protected]

https://www.nts.org.uk/venue-hire-information/weddings?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIx66s0f3o7gIVGOvtCh2gmQSqEAAYASAAEgLGCvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

#ScottishWeddings
#WeddingVenueScotland
#Anguswedding
#IntimateWedding
#WeddingInspiration
#ForTheLoveOfScotland

Some winter scenes @ House of Dun.
08/02/2021

Some winter scenes @ House of Dun.

House of Dun
04/02/2021

House of Dun

Bring nature to your doorstep by keeping wild birds fed with a home-made bird feeder.Follow Chris Wardle, Gardens & Desi...
03/02/2021
How to make your own bird feeder

Bring nature to your doorstep by keeping wild birds fed with a home-made bird feeder.

Follow Chris Wardle, Gardens & Designed Landscapes Manager for the North East east steps to make a perfect bird feeder.

Not only do bird feeders bring more local birds into your garden so you can see them up-close, they provide an invaluable food source, particularly during times of year when resources might be scarce.

https://youtu.be/GLAsyFx_pEw

08/01/2021

If you are planning a visit House of Dun over the next few days, please be aware that some areas are slippy due to the recent weather. Whilst we are trying to keep the main visitor areas ice free, please be careful while driving and out for your walk around our beautiful estate. Stay safe.

31/12/2020

As we come to the end of a year like no other, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting us.

We can’t wait to welcome you all back to House of Dun in 2021.

Most importantly, we want to wish you and your loved ones a happy new year.

Best wishes,

House of Dun
#ForTheLoveOfScotland
#hogmanay
#HappyNewYear2021

25/12/2020

Merry Christmas from all at House of Dun

Super excited to announce that House of Dun and the works of Violet Jacob will be featured in Episode 6 of Secret Scotla...
21/10/2020

Super excited to announce that House of Dun and the works of Violet Jacob will be featured in Episode 6 of Secret Scotland with Susan Calman Series 3 on Channel 5 this Friday (23rd October) at 8pm.

#houseofdun
#fortheloveofscotland
#SecretScotland
@SusanCalman (Twitter)
@officialsusancalman (Instagram)
https://www.facebook.com/Susan-Calman-44711520390
@channel5_tv (Instagram and Twitter)
@channel5uk (Facebook)

The National Trust for Scotland
08/10/2020
The National Trust for Scotland

The National Trust for Scotland

Discover the fascinating story of this beautiful centuries-old silk dress from our collections 👗😍 ⬇️ #ForTheLoveOfScotland

Have you visited us recently? Please tell us about your experience for a chance to win a £100 John Lewis voucher! 💷😍 ⬇️ ...
01/10/2020
The National Trust for Scotland

Have you visited us recently? Please tell us about your experience for a chance to win a £100 John Lewis voucher! 💷😍 ⬇️ #ForTheLoveOfScotland

Have you visited us recently? Please tell us about your experience for a chance to win a £100 John Lewis voucher! 💷😍 ⬇️ #ForTheLoveOfScotland

25/09/2020

Just to remind you of how beautiful our walled garden is here @HouseofDun ❤️
Why not come and see for yourself.

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

#fortheloveofscotland
#visitangus
@scottishgardens
@VisitScotland.

The National Trust for Scotland
09/08/2020
The National Trust for Scotland

The National Trust for Scotland

Get your boots on and Stride Out for Scotland! 🥾
Download your FREE walkers’ pack now and help us protect the places you love ❤️ ⬇️ #ForTheLoveOfScotland

Stunning day at House of Dun today for filming; stay tune for updates #ForTheLoveOfScotland#HouseOfDun
03/08/2020

Stunning day at House of Dun today for filming; stay tune for updates
#ForTheLoveOfScotland
#HouseOfDun

Massive thank you to everyone who came to the grounds and walled garden yesterday for the first day open. In the courtya...
07/07/2020

Massive thank you to everyone who came to the grounds and walled garden yesterday for the first day open.

In the courtyard we are very pleased to say that the Angus Members’ Centre have fully stocked the plant sales area, payment is cash only via the honesty box. Thanks goes to Charles, Joyce and all the members for their continued hard work to support the Angus National Trust for Scotland properties

We thank you for your patience whilst we make sure our facilities are safe and enjoyable.

#houseofdun
#fortheloveofscotland

06/07/2020
Welcome back!

WELCOME BACK to our garden and grounds! 🥳🙌🌳🌺 We've missed you ❤️ Please see here for up-to-date visit info: nts.org.uk/visit/places/house-of-dun
#ForTheLoveOfScotland

Here are some of the things that have been unfolding during lockdown here at House of Dun...we’ve been work away hard be...
05/07/2020

Here are some of the things that have been unfolding during lockdown here at House of Dun...we’ve been work away hard behind the scenes to get the gardens ready for the opening of the gardens and grounds this Monday, 6th July. We’ve missed you all and we hope you can find some time to come and enjoy the display or the peace and tranquility of our grounds....we’d love to see your smiling faces!😁🌈🙏🏻💐

We are looking forward to welcoming our visitors back as of the 6th July. Please follow Scottish Government advice. For ...
30/06/2020
Homepage | National Trust for Scotland

We are looking forward to welcoming our visitors back as of the 6th July.

Please follow Scottish Government advice.

For now all of our buildings (historic buildings, shops, cafes and toilets) remain closed - this includes our playpark.

More information can be found the individual property pages on nts.org.uk

During your visit, please:
- Remember our toilets are closed
- Take all of your litter home
- Observe social distancing
- Note our car parking machine is cash only
- Respect other visitors and our staff
- Stay safe and enjoy your visit

Thank you! ❤️ #ForTheLoveOfScotland

Castles and Battlefields, gardens and glens, islands and wildlife...enjoyed and protected.

10/06/2020
The National Trust for Scotland

Vote for the winner of the 🏆SCOTTISH ANIMAL WORLD CUP🏆! 👇

It's the FINAL of the 🏆SCOTTISH ANIMAL WORLD CUP🏆!
SCOTTISH WILDCAT🐈 vs OTTER🦦
Who will be crowned the nation's favourite? Vote for your winner now! ⬇️
#ScottishAnimalWorldCup #ForTheLoveOfScotland

29/05/2020
The National Trust for Scotland

Vote now in the #ScottishAnimalWorldCup
Who's your favourite? 👇

The SCOTTISH ANIMAL WORLD CUP Quarter Final 🏆
Match 2 of 4: RED SQUIRREL vs OSPREY
Vote for your favourite below! ⬇️
#ScottishAnimalWorldCup #ForTheLoveOfScotland

ℹ️ LIVE: ASK THE EXPERTS 🌳🌺🌿 The Trust's GARDENS experts are here 12-1pm. Click on the post below and ask your questions...
14/05/2020

ℹ️ LIVE: ASK THE EXPERTS 🌳🌺🌿 The Trust's GARDENS experts are here 12-1pm. Click on the post below and ask your questions in the comments 👇

ℹ️ LIVE: ASK THE EXPERTS 🌳🌺🌿 Our GARDENS team is here 12-1pm to answer your questions in the comments below 👇

- Ann Steele, Head of Heritage Gardening (Policy)
- Simon Jones, Gardens & Designed Landscapes Manager (Glasgow & West)
- Ed Walling, Head Gardener (Brodie Castle & Estate)
- Colin Wren, Gardens & Designed Landscapes Manager (Edinburgh & East)
#ForTheLoveOfScotland

House of Dun's cover photo
22/04/2020

House of Dun's cover photo

More beauties from the Den at Dun.
22/04/2020

More beauties from the Den at Dun.

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.

Address

A935
Montrose
DD10 9LQ

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I have been overwhelmed by the messages of love and support after my recent health scare. Its not often this Big Guy gets emotional but I thank you all for that. The response to our Bonnie Montrose competition has been amazing on Social Media and people getting behind our charitable book of the same name. The book celebrates its 120th year since the author wrote it and the 2014 republication does it proud in It's authenticity and supporting charities close to every family with all the profits. #Morethanjustagift 📗🎀📖🎁📗 So from me Thank you, from my family Thank you and on behalf of British Heart Foundation Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK a huge huge Thank You. If you can enter then please do so, as the book will make wonderful gifts for people with connections to Montrose, and Scotland. All my Love Bob and Family 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Competition 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Update 2 More fantastic News and Thank you Rug Bug Bennys for the £100 voucher. Scott and team ### 🥂🍴🍧🥘🌮🍹 You can buy the book from Scott too. X Update 1 just received wonderful news that the 2 night stay is now being donated by Links Hotel thanks to Anne and the team. You can buy the book from The Links or Park Hotel Montrose x The Links is closed until March 2021, but the winner can choose to stay at their sister hotel Park Hotel Montrose just across the road from them if required before reopening. Please share and get involved in our wee Competition 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟COMPETITION 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 To say thank you to you all for the love and support of our book Bonnie Montrose by William F McHardy (written in 1899) and our chosen Charities, and for your well wishes due to my recent health, making me cry - I decided a wee competion is in order. The Prize - 2 night stay Links Hotel Montrose, donated by the hotel, thanks Anne ###, £250 for YOUR chosen charity. £100 Gift Voucher for Rug Bug Bennys and a wee copy of our book signed by our family x How to enter.... 1 Like our page Bonnie Montrose 2 Buy the book (Bonnie Montrose)in 2020 3 Share the Competion 4 Invite your friends to like our page 5 Follow us on Twitter and Instagram if you can. Probably the easiest competition you will ever enter with all Profits raised still going to British Heart Foundation Cancer Research UK Diabetes UK and a special donation to NHS Lanarkshire nhs.uk after my own recent care. Thank you and love you all. Bob and Family ### 💙📖📗🌍💰💰💰 www.bonniemontrose.co.uk #BonnieMontrose #morethanjustabook
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 😱👻🎃