2016 Summer Outing to Arniston House, Midlothian

On Monday 16th May thirteen members travelled to this William Adam, Palladian style mansion house set in acres of beautiful parkland just 11 miles from Edinburgh. It has been home to the Dundas family for over 400 years and its present owner and her daughter took us on an excellent tour of the principal rooms in the house. After the tour, which included paintings by Raeburn, rooms restored from the bricks up after the ravages of dry rot and a lovely warm and comfortable library, we were treated to an excellent afternoon tea with cakes galore and floods of tea. After extracting ourselves reluctantly from the latter, we emerged into lovely sunshine and strolled across the newly mown lawns to investigate the sunken gardens and the stone remains from the old Scottish Parliament. It was another excellent History Society day out.