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House of the Binns
The house and gardens at the House of the Binns makes an excellent visit for those who are interested in local history. The house is still occupied by the Dalyell family who have lived here since it was built in 1612.
One of the more colourful members from the history of the Binns is General Tam o’ the Binns who fought for the King in the Civil War and later in Russia for the Tsar. Many legends developed around the General including defeating the Devil himself at cards, who in turn promised to destroy his home.
Set amongst 200 acres of parkland and upon two hills named the Binns, this house enjoys stunning views and Binns Tower resides upon the highest point. Outwardly however, most of the house reflects the later additions made through family members, visible in the mock battlements and towers mounted upon the exterior.
Whilst ownership and upkeep is maintained by the National Trust for Scotland, members of the Dalyell family live within the house, in the western range.