The Grounds

The estate at Duns Castle resides in the perfect tranquillity of the Scottish Borders, just an hour from Edinburgh. This magnificent verdant gem covers 1900 acres of private grounds, sheltered from the hurly-burly of urban living, yet in close proximity to the market town of Duns. Views and seclution make it suitable for a wide variety of special activities

Duns Castle Nature Reserve


Within these hallowed grounds lies Duns Law, a historic site of special interest, where the famous rising against King Charles I, known as the Scottish Covenant, took place in 1639. General Leslie, under whose guidance this epic struggle was choreographed, made his quarters in the castle during that bloody and turbulent time. Today, you can stroll through the reposing tranquillity of the grounds surrounding this remarkable family home, and luxury venue, to your hearts content. Throughout the year, season after season, you’ll see an array of local birds and wildlife in their natural habitat; including spotted and green woodpecker, red squirrel, redstarts, goldcrests, badger and roe deer.

Duns Law

duns law

Contained within a glacial drainage channel from the last ice age, the nature reserve also comprises The Hen Poo and Mill Dam, which were created as part of the extensive landscaping work commissioned by the Hay family in the 18th century. Home to many spectacular mute swans, and various species of duck, these pools are a fascinating spot for twitchers, photographers, and artists alike. The numbers and species of bird are ever changing as the days glide by, with feathered visitors arriving and departing with pleasing regularity.
The ancient woodland of the estate has borne witness to many a historic struggle, but is today home to a special variety of wildlife specific to the region. Simply a pleasant diversion for an hour, or the subject of a full days exploration, the grounds merit further inspection to benefit from the glorious tranquillity of this setting.