Newhailes is one of the most impressive 17th century Palladian villas in Scotland. Home to peaceful woodland walks, extensive structural and decorative detailing and once one of the most impressive private libraries in Scotland, it is widely regarded as a prominent historical fixture in the Scottish Enlightenment.
With its origins in the 17th century, Newhailes was owned from 1709 by the influential Dalrymple family. Ownership was passed down over several generations of the family, with substantial additions in the first half of the 18th century. It was continuously inhabited by the Dalrymples for nearly 300 years, until it was acquired by the National Trust for Scotland in 1997.
Take a walk in the 86 acres of tranquil and stunning grounds to see if you can find the 18th century tea house, the mysterious shell grotto, the Ladies Walk an elevated promenade designed to lift both body and mind and the recently restored 18th century ha-ha separating the lawn from the traditional grazing parkland. Pick up a leaflet from our visitor hub, and learn more about our landscape. There are several paths and informative signage to help visitors take everything in.
The Newhailes Stables have recently undergone a major regeneration project; converting the old dairy into an amazing new takeaway coffee and ice cream shop, and the stables into a brand new cafe and a beautiful admissions space! Looking for a gift? Visit our brand new shop selling a range of Scottish and British gifts! Children will love running around Weehailes, the amazing adventure playpark inspired by the inside of Newhailes House. With slides, swings and climbing walls Weehailes is great fun for children between 3 and 12 years!