Kemnay House has been home to the Burnett family for over 300 years.
With direct links to the Burnett's of Leys, from Crathes Castle, their home's history interlinks with many of the great country estates of Aberdeenshire.
As a fine example of Scottish architectural progression from the 16th to 19th Century, the house also offers a unique space to enjoy, with light and airy Georgian rooms as well as twisting turrets, filled with archives and artefacts collected by the family.
For the past 3 generations artists have lived and worked here, so it only seemed fitting to turn some of the beautiful interiors into a shop and gallery, celebrating Scottish art and promoting local craftspeople.
The grounds include woodland walks and a nature trail that takes visitors through the collection of venerable trees planted by George Burnett, an avid horticulturalist, in the 18th Century.
The gardens also include a fine collection of rhododendrons, planted by Susan Burnett, which is especially beautiful in late Spring.
The gallery, garden and house are managed by the family and the Friends of Kemnay House (a voluntary community group that helps make opening and events possible). All profits go into restoration projects and the development of public access.
Groups are welcome by appointment. Please contact:
Kemnay House is 16 miles form Aberdeen and 5 miles from Inverurie, off the B993 that runs through Kemnay, between Kintore and Monymusk.
There are regular buses (Nos. 220, 221, 420 and 421) from Aberdeen, Inverurie, Oldmeldrum and Alford. Please see local timetables for further details as these are subject to change.
- Offers bike storage
Car park on site
- Car parking is available at both sides of the main drive, with disable space at the back of the house. It is free for those visiting the house, gallery and garden.
Bailey's taxis 07533 998969
£10 per adult
£6 per child
£24 for a family of 4.
Includes guided tour and tea with cake in the panelled parlour.
- Accessible toilets
- Accessible parking
- Guide dogs welcome
A word from the owner
The family live in the old tower house and top floor flat. Life is extremely hectic and everyone has to muck in and help with the running of the House and Estate. We look forward to welcoming you!
Thomas Burnett, the 2nd Laird of Kemnay was a friend and courtier to Sophia Electress of Hanover. In 1702 he was imprisoned in the Bastille, while carrying documents to the British Court, and trying to secure the succession of George I. He was also a philosopher and close correspondent with Leibnitz and Locke.
George Burnett the 2nd developed the gardens at Kemnay extensively, employing Francis Masson as a young apprentice. he later went on to be a renowned plant hunter for Kew Gardens.
Alexander, the 3rd Laird, also served at the court of Fredrick the Great and was Charge D'Affaires for Sir Andrew Mitchel, the British Ambassador. He was an avid letter writer and friend to James Boswell. Detailed accounts and correspondence remain in the family archive today.
The surrounding woodland has paths and a trail that, when followed, lets visitors explore the natural habitat of our red squirrels, as well as view George 2nd of Kemnay's tree collection.
School tours are available on request, and the grounds can be used for local school events.