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Traquair House Scotland : Innerleithen Architecture
Historic Scottish Property in The Borders: Former hunting lodge for the Royal Family
Location: Innerleithen, Scottish Borders (5 miles from Peebles)
Date built: 1107
Scotland’s oldest inhabited house
Former hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland
This palatial building was built on the site of a hunting seat used by the Scottish kings from the 12th century, though no part of the present building can be dated with certainty before the 15th century. Alexander I was the first Scottish king to stay and hunt at Traquair. At that time it was a remote “castle”, surrounded by forest.
Upon Alexander III’s death, in 1286, the peace of the Borders region was shattered and Traquair became a key link in the chain of defence that guarded the Tweed Valley against English invasion.
Over the next two centuries, Traquairs ownership changed often, at times coming under the control of the English, and at others, the Scottish throne.
Luxurious Bed & Breakfast accommodation is available at this grand property in Innerleithen.
The Traquair House Brewery was started in 1965 by owner Peter Maxwell Stuart.
The Traquair Fair is held annually on the first weekend of August.
Location: Traquair House, Innerleithen, Scotland, UK, north western Europe
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