Bowhill House & Grounds

Aristocratic mansion amongst winding glens and heathery hills.

Selkirk, TD7 5ET

Bowhill House
Free for members
  • Accessible parking
  • Bike storage facilities
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
for the latest information.
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
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Bowhill House has been the principal home of the Scotts of Buccleuch for over two centuries. The House’s history gives it many great tales.

It also houses one of the world’s greatest private art collections including masterpieces by Canaletto, Raeburn, Reynolds and Gainsborough.

You’ll find stunning French furniture, Mortlake Tapestries, antique porcelain and portrait miniatures. A new exhibition, Love and Respect in the Victorian Age, opened in 2017 and features many new items on display from the renowned Collection.

Outside the House you’ll find beautiful walks, gardens and an adventure playground for the little ones. The café serves a tasty selection of cakes, coffees and light lunches to treat yourself to.

Opening Times

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

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Sadly Bowhill House will be closed for the 2024 Season as the House is undergoing maintenance.

We look forward to welcoming the public and groups back in 2025.

Grounds and Adventure Playground 2024
30 March – 14 April (includes Horsebox)
4 – 6 May (includes Old Kitchen Café and Victorian Kitchen)
1st June to 31st August (includes Horsebox, Old Kitchen Café and Victorian Kitchen)
10.00 – 17.00


Historic Houses members visit for free. Please use the online booking system through their website and select a free ticket. Visitors will be asked to enter their membership number online and Bowhill will check the booking on arrival and record the membership numbers on site as well.

Adults: £11.00
Concession: £10

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Group Visits

Your group will love a visit to Bowhill House and Grounds. We understand that every group is different, so we aim to make your visit as enjoyable as possible by providing facilities to suit your requirements.

We welcome groups for tours of the House all year round. All tours must be pre-booked and include guided tour of the House where you can learn about the wonderful art collection and Buccleuch family history.

Educational Visits

We have an education service which can offer educational visits to both the House and the Country Estate with our in house rangers. These are available all year round. We also offer a travel subsidy for schools.

for the latest information.
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Does our information need updating?
Let us know here

Getting here

Selkirk, TD7 5ET

Bowhill lies three miles west of Selkirk on the A708 Moffat/St Mary’s Loch Road.

Reach us by train on the Borders Railway, alight at Galashiels Station and Bowhill is just five miles away via the A7 (15 minutes by car). You can cycle in around 45 minutes, or get a taxi from the station.

The Buccleuch Collection has been created over five centuries. It is internationally recognised as one of the most important in the country. We hope you enjoy your visit.

Bowhill House sculpture

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