Wednesday 10th of February 2016
Are you flying into Edinburgh Airport and looking for the perfect way to familiarise yourself with the local area and its culture? Then why not make the most of your Easirent hire car and head to some of the grandest stately homes in Scotland? Here at Easirent we have selected our favourites for you to explore and enjoy.
1. Drummond Castle Gardens
Located 48 miles from our Easirent branch at Edinburgh Airport, Drummond Castle Gardens is one of the most scenic choices on our list. Park up your hire car in the on site car park, and take a turn around the stunning landscaped gardens, which are sure to take your breath away. One of the most breathtaking aspects of the gardens is the St Andrew’s Cross and multiplex 17th century sundial. Drawing upon Mediterranean influences, you could be mistaken for being anywhere in the world, it’s a truly mesmerising garden.
Rammerscales is located slightly further away from our Easirent branch at Edinburgh Airport, and will take you around 90 minutes to reach by hire car – but it’s definitely worth the drive. The pretty, Georgian house has been left untouched since it was constructed in 1760, but the beautiful house has been perfectly preserved and offers lovely views across Annandale. The house is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 13:00 to 16:00 from May until June.
3. Ardchatten Priory Garden
Archatten Prior was founded by Valliscaulian monks in the 13th century, and the gardens have been there ever since. It’s worth taking the drive out to Ardchatten Priory Garden to take in a bit of Scottish heritage, and learn all about the monastic origins of the house.
4. Blair Castle
Just 74 miles away from our Easirent branch at Edinburgh Airport you’ll find Blair Castle. Nestled on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park, this stunning castle dates back over 700 years and has welcomes visiting and Scottish royalty through its doors over the years. Visitors can explore the 30 rooms, which are open to the public between March and October each year. There is currently an exhibition commemorating the centenary of the Great War, which includes letters, photos and documents from the family.
5. Hopetoun House
Located in South Queensferry, Hopetoun House is less than 20 minutes from our Easirent branch at Edinburgh Airport. A stunning feat of architectural significance, it has been called Scotland’s finest stately home. Visitors flock to the house for its famed opulent interiors and aristocratic grandeur. Built by Sir William Bruce between 1699 and 1707, Hopetoun House is not to be missed if you’re in the area.