Welcome to Traquair, Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited House. Visited by 27 Scottish Kings and Queens Traquair dates back to 1107 and has been lived in by the Stuart family since 1491. Originally a royal hunting lodge, Traquair played host to Mary Queen of Scots and later as staunch Catholics they supported the Jacobite cause without counting the cost. Today, we welcome visitors from all over the world. Enjoy the extraordinary history of this lived in family home. Visit the house, grounds, maze, craft workshops, Garden Cafe and the world famous Traquair House Brewery situated in one of the wings of the house and sample the ales in our brewery shop and museum. We also provide a magical and romantic venue for weddings, celebrations, corporate events and throughout the year there is an inspiring programme of events and exhibitions for all ages. You can even live like royalty and stay at Traquair in one of our luxurious antique furnished rooms.
Scotland prides itself on its huge array of castles, stately homes and its history in general and here, hidden perfectly on the Scottish Borders, is Traquair House, Scotland’s most famous house of all. With history seeping out of every fibre of this building, Traquair is the oldest inhabited house in Scotland and I’m so pleased it is still inhabited, someone needs to protect the history and legacy, stored within its very walls. Catherine Maxwell Stuart, her husband Mark and their two daughters, Isabella & Charlotte are the most present custodians of Traquair and all are very passionate about its ongoing success. From the house to the parkland, the family chapel to the largest hedge maze in Scotland, Traquair has all you need for an amazing day out, but you shouldn’t just take my word for it, 27 monarchs and over a million people who’ve visited Traquair clearly thought so, now it’s your turn!