Halloween Ghosts & Spooky Fun At Traquair

Friday 24th October & Saturday 25th October
Friday 31st & Saturday 1st November
7pm & 9pm.


Sunday 26th October.
11am – 4pm.

Traquair will be celebrating Halloween this year by bringing back some ghosts from the past for their spooky Halloween Tours and then having some spooky fun and games for all ages for a Halloween Fun Day.

The very popular ghostly evening tours of Traquair will return by popular demand. If you want a truly atmospheric visit to this ancient house, these are the nights to come. Ghosts of the past come to life and guide you through the house telling the stories of their lives and the trials and tribulations they faced as Catholics and Jacobites.

Be on your guard for the odd unexpected surprise and then relax in the comfort of the eighteenth century Dining Room with a glass of mulled wine. Not for those with a nervous disposition.

On Sunday 26th October, the Halloween Fun Day will suit families and for children of all ages. Get dressed to kill and enjoy the wide variety of entertainments from traditional Halloween Games including Apple Dookin’ and Spooky Lucky Dip to a ghostly chocolate treasure hunt in the Maze, Spooky Scavenger Hunt, Spooky face painting and a Wizard and Witches workshop. For those who dare, take a trip down the Spooky Passage for a very ghostly experience or listen to some ghoulish tales in the library. There will also be magic shows throughout the day with Kramus Nexifus, the Magical Wizard and for adults, tarot readings in the house.

The 1745 Cottage Restaurant will be serving Halloween Suppers on the nights of the ghost tours as well as delicious lunches and teas every day until the end of October.

Additional Notes for editors:  Ghost tour prices - Adults: £12.00 Children £8.00
Tours suitable for 8yrs and over. Combined tour and supper ticket £24.00
Halloween Fun Day. Adults; £7.00 Child/Conc £4.00 Family £18.00
(2 adults and up to 3 children) Tickets on the Gate only for this event.
Box Office 01896 830323
For further information and photographs contact Catherine Maxwell Stuart Tel; 01896 830323

Traquair Launches Referendum Brew





Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd August 2014

11am – 8pm

Traquair House Innerleithen Peeblesshire

Traquair’s new beer and food festival, Beyond Beer, is releasing its programme this week and unveiling details of a new beer to be launched at the Festival – Referendum Ale.

Beyond Beer will host all the breweries in the Borders – Traquair, Borders, Tempest, Broughton and new addition, Freewheelin’  as well as neighbouring brewers Stewart Brewing, Knopps and Top Off and from a little further a field, Arran Brewery.  

Around 25 cask ales will be available over the weekend as well as Traquair’s new brew Referendum Ale (ABV 4%). Visitors to the festival will be invited to choose between two pumps  “A Strong Ale for A Strong Union” or  “For the Independent Drinker”  and a straw poll will be taken at the end of the weekend as to which pump was the most popular.

A programme of talks and events will take place throughout the weekend with some of the UK’s best known beer writers and bloggers. They will include a session with Jane Peyton and Sophie de Ronde on Women in Beer which will entice women who thought they never liked beer to give it a try. There will a workshop and tasting looking at new beer and food matchings, and an innovative Beer & Music matching session with Pete Brown, the UK’s best know beer blogger. You can meet the brewers for all the breweries taking part and hear their stories as well as tasting their beer and listen to one of the world’s best known beer writers and tasters, Roger Protz give his views on the future of Beer. For those that want a behind the scenes tour of the Traquair Brewery these will also be taking place throughout the event.

A Home Brew competition has also been launched by Traquair and is still open for entries with the judging taking place on Sunday 3rd August.

As well as beer there will plenty of delicious foods to try and local producers including The Juicy Meat Company, Peelham Farm, Breadshare, Overlangshaw Ice Cream, The Sunflower, The Secret Herb Garden  as well as a Pizza Oven, Vegetarian and vegan foods and a Borders’ food producers’ shop.

For children attending the event there is free and there will be plenty to keep them amused with a make your own pizza workshop and a food related arts and stories workshop.

Music will run all day and into the evening with jazz and blues from the Dias Quartet, the Nova Scotia Band, Hot Tin Roof, the Duck Pond Beer Band and the Border Boogie Band.

Tickets are £10 per adult and all children under 18 years are free (but must be accompanied by an adult).  Book your tickets in advance and claim your first half pint of Referendum ale free!  Tickets can be purchased online:

For those that want to have a very special experience the Beer Banquet in the 18th century Dining Room at Traquair House will be taking place on Saturday night with a 6 course tasting menu accompanied by different beers for each course.  The price for a place at the Beer Banquet is £46.00 per person and as numbers are limited for this event places should be booked separately by contacting the office on 01896 830323 or

Contact Details: Catherine Maxwell Stuart  Catherine@traquair,

Tel; 01896 830323

Editors Notes:

Biographies of Participants:

Roger Protz

Roger is one of the world's leading beer writers and tasters. He is the author of 20 books on the subject, including the World Guide to Beer, The Ale Trail, The Taste of Beer and the best-selling 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He has also edited 20 editions of the annual Good Beer Guide. He was named Glenfiddich Drink Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2004 and in 2003 was presented with the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award by the British Guild of Beer Writers. He has won two Gold and six Silver tankard awards from the guild and 13 awards from the North American Guild of Beer Writers. Roger broadcasts regularly and gives many public tutored beer tastings, including the annual Great British Beer Festival in London and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.

Jane Peyton

As founder (and Principal) of the School of Booze Jane has expertise in something that makes millions of people very happy - alcohol. Not just in the subject of modern alcohol and what best to drink but also the cultural history of alcohol.

Beer is a particular passion and Jane is Britain's  Beer Sommelier of the Year.  Jane has been invited to create and brew beers in a number of breweries around the country including Fuller's, Brewster's, and Ilkley Brewery where her spruce beer 'The Norseman' is an award winner.

She is the author of several non-fiction books including 'Brilliant Britain'; 'School of Booze' and 'Beer o' Clock'. Her writing work has appeared in magazines and newspapers including the Guardian and Independent.  Jane has appeared on TV and is a regular guest on BBC radio programs.

Jane hosts tours of historic London pubs and in recognition of a year of 5 star reviews from customers, the international tour operator Viator awarded her the accolade of Best Local Operator (London) 2012 and again in 2014.

Jane is also the founder of Operalicious - unique music events where the food & drink served is themed and complemented by a professional opera singer and pianist.

Pete Brown

Pete Brown is a British writer who specialises in making people thirsty. He is the author of five-and-a-half books as well as the annual Cask Report, and numerous articles in the drinks trade press and consumer press. He appears regularly on TV and radio, and is a judge on the BBC Food and Farming Awards and the Great Taste Awards. He is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers, and was named Beer Writer of the Year in 2009 and 2012.

Sophie De Ronde – Brentwood Brewing

I first got the beer bug when I was working in a well known real ale pub in Essex after I finished my degree in Equine Science. I was a bit lost in what direction I wanted to take my life, trying to find a job in the science and equine community was difficult to say the least so I continued in my bar job. Eventually I was running the cellar and fell in love with beer even more. From here I grew my interest in beer and decided I wanted to get to know the brewing side of it and so I asked the Brentwood Brewing Company, who at the time were expanding, if they needed an employer. Much to my joy they were over the moon with my request.

So I have now been with the BBC for 7 years and have grown a lot in that period with many ups, downs and steep learning curves. Through my own experiences I have also obtained my General Certificate in Brewing, and attended numerous seminars, most of all I am successfully using my degree (well the science part anyway!) and I have found a life in brewing.

In recent times I spearheaded the International Women’s Brew Day, 8th March 2014, creating the ‘Unite Pale Ale’ that was brewed in 70 breweries across the world. Along with this repertoire, I have created many wonderful and award winning beers with my proudest beer, being a mere 2.5% beer, having been voted champion beer of Cambridge and Belfast.

Beyond Beer - A feast of fine ales, fine food and craft brewing



Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd August 2014

11am – 8pm

Traquair House Innerleithen Peeblesshire

An innovative new Beer and Food festival is being launched at Traquair this August at the Home of Scotland’s Oldest Micro Brewery featuring the best of Scotland’s Craft Beers, Fine Food & Eating Experiences, Events, Talks and A Beer Banquet held in the Dining Room at Traquair House.

The event will focus predominantly on breweries in the Scottish Borders that include Traquair, Broughton, Borders, Tempest and newcomer The Freewheelin’ Brewery Co, as well as some guest ales from further afield.

In addition to being able to sample ales there will be a host of local food producers from Whitmuir Organics, Cocoa Black Chocolate, Peelham Farm Produce, The Juicy Meat Company and Breadshare to name but a few.

The event will aim to educate and entertain on the subject of beer and food matching. Catherine Maxwell Stuart, organiser commented;

“ We are really keen to get people to enjoy great food and great beers, explore matching food and beer and try things they may not have tasted before.  Beer is definitely the new wine and the breadth and variety of beers now available is stunning”.

A Talks and Events Marquee will also host talks, demonstrations and workshops throughout the weekend with well known beer writers and  brewers  including  Roger Protz, one of the world’s leading beer writers and tasters and author of the best selling “300 Beers to Try Before You Die”. Jane Peyton, beer sommelier and booze historian, and Sara Barton, Britain’s Brewer of the year (2012-13) and head brewer of Brewsters in Grantham.

In addition a Home Brewers competition (now open for entries) will be held with the chance to have your home brew judged and tasted by  a panel of experts and potentially brewed by a local brewer.

Beyond Beer welcomes families and there will be some innovative food related workshops for kids as well as live music and entertainment in the garden all day.

On Saturday evening there will be a very special Beer Banquet to be held in the Dining Room at Traquair House where a 7 course sampling menu will be offered matched with beers and introduced by a beer sommelier to guide you through the different ales. Places are very limited for this event and places should be booked separately.

For further information or tickets please visit the website

Traquair brings history up to date

PRESS RELEASETraquair House Logo


For Immediate release….


New Exhibition for 2014

Traquair opens for the season this year with an exhibition on the twentieth century history of the house.

From the early years when the house was used mainly as a shooting lodge; its interesting connection with some visiting suffragettes to the Borders and its tragic family losses during the First World War to its opening to the public in the 1950s, the rediscovery of the brewery, and its development into the major tourist attraction it is today.

The exhibition will include film clips from taken from home movies in the early 1960s, a BBC appearance on Nationwide in the 1970s and an opening sequence from the film Tamlin starring Ava Gardner from 1969.

New App

Traquair is also launching its very own app this year to be used to guide you around the house and grounds, explore the brewery and find out as much detail as you want about the history of the house, the paintings, furniture and objects of art.

It has been created over the past 9 months by GuideMe tours, a Glasgow based company whose recent work has included an app for Kelvingrove Museum.

Clare McLeod commented,

“The apps we are producing at Guide Me Tours are helping heritage properties like Traquair to gain access to the digital market whilst generating an income and as the tour is available on both the Apple and Android platforms they will be able to reach a global audience”.

The Traquair app includes a guided tour by Catherine Maxwell Stuart, 21st Lady of Traquair who  has written and researched much of the material. She commented:

“ This is a brilliant additional tool to tell the story of Traquair. Some visitors may use it as an audio tour when they visit the house and overseas visitors who want a flavour of the history if they are unable to visit themselves. It is great to use such new technology in such an ancient house”.

Traquair has also installed a free wi-fi hot spot in the 1745 Cottage Restaurant and for those who haven’t got a smartphone, a tablet can be hired at the Gift Shop ready with the app installed.

Traquair House opens top the public on Saturday 5th April for the summer season and thereafter will be open every day until October 31st. For full details visit the website on

For any further information please contact Catherine Maxwell Stuart Tel; 01896 830323 or 07734 208356

Fantastic B&B offers for January and February!

Why not remove some of those winter blues and come and stay the night at Traquair House, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland?!  We've a couple of offers to entice you for the next couple of months - our Winter Discount and our romantic Valentine offer.  Take a look below for more details and contact the office to check availability.

Warming Winter Discount!

For the months of January and February stay in Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited House for two nights or more and receive 25% off our regular room rate and receive a bottle of Traquair’s own Cuvee Catherine to enjoy whilst you relax in our sumptuous antique furnished rooms.

Romantic February!

Celebrate Valentine's Day throughout February and receive a FREE Valentine meal for two and a bottle of our own Cuvee Catherine when you book a Double Room. The meal, held in the House's Still Room is produced by our House Keeper and is normally £42.00 per person.  Take a look at our romantic Valentine menu!

For details of all our prices and offers take a look at:

Email: or phone 01896 830323

Christmas Meals At Traquair

1745 Cottage Restaurant open for Christmas meals, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  Take a look at the Christmas menu:


 Baked Strathdon Blue cheese Tart served with homemade pickle

Glen Estate Game & Haggis  pate  served  with a red onion  marmalade  & oatcakes

Salad of Roasted Home Smoked Salmon  bound with Rocket & Mandarin Oranges

Pan Fried Eyemouth Smoked Haddock & Brocolli fish cake

served with a chive cream

Minestone Soup with Parmasan cheese


Fillet of Scottish Cod served with Char Grilled Vegetables & a herb butter sauce

Braised Shin of Scotch Beef served with our red onion marmalade in Traquair Ale set on mustard crushed potatoes

Breast of Glen Estate Pheasant carved onto local haggis with a whisky sauce

Hand Carved Fresh Turkey Parcel served with Apricot Stuffing & Chipolata’s

Simply grilled Sirloin of Scotch Beef served with grilled Tomato & Mushroom(£5 extra)

Stuffed Portobello mushroom with tomato courgette & aubergine glazed with Scottish Brie


Traquair Spiced Cake Crème Brulee served with a shortbread biscuit

Home Made Christmas Pudding with a Brandy Sauce

Baked Traquair Bannock & butter Pudding served with butterscotch sauce

And  Langshaw  ice cream

Selection of Over Langshaw Ice Creams

Scottish cheeseboard with grapes & home made chutney

2 courses = £12

3 courses = £15

Events for 2014 Confirmed

Below are the highlights of our events calendar. For further details about all our events visit

THE MIGHTY DEERSTALKER – Saturday 15th March

An adventure running event with a difference! 5km and 10km runs start and finish at Traquair.

EASTEREGGSTRAVAGANZA – Easter Sunday 20th April

From 1.00pm

The Biggest egg hunt in the Borders and lots more fun activities all day. 

TRAQUAIR MEDIEVAL FAYRE – Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th May. 11am – 5pm

A superb weekend that will transport you back to ancient times. Royal Medieval Pageant, falconry, archery, equestrian displays, living history, early music, jesters and children’s entertainment.

SHAKESPEARE AT TRAQUAIR – “The Comedy of Errors”

Wednesday 28th – Saturday 31st May and Wednesday 4th – Saturday 7th June. 7.30pm

A unique promenade production of the Comedy of Errors in the grounds of Traquair. 

TWEED RIDE – Sunday 8th June 11am – 6pm

A new event for 2014 – celebrating all things Tweed and Bikes!

NEW BEER AND FOOD FESTIVAL - details coming soon!


A unique literary festival bringing international writers, thinkers and politicians together.


The history of Traquair really will come to life with these spectacular historical ghost tours. No gimmicks here but an authentic retelling of the past!

Historical ghost tours:        Friday 24th & Saturday 25th October and Friday 31st Oct & Saturday 1st November.   Tours at 7pm & 9pm

Halloween Fun Day:           Sunday 26th October 11am – 4pm

FREE CHRISTMAS OPENING – Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November 11am – 4pm

Free entrance to House and Grounds.  Santa’s sumptuous grotto, festive activities and fun!

Hallowe'en Happenings Traquair


For immediate release





Friday 25th October & Saturday 26th October

Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd November

7pm & 9pm



Sunday 27th October

11am – 4pm

Traquair will be celebrating Halloween this year with some spine tingling tours of Traquair at night and some and ghostly fun for all little monsters!

Experience the atmosphere of this ancient house at night with a historical ghost tour which take place over two weekends and bring history to life as never before.

Characters from Traquair’s past will guide you through the house and uncover the secrets from of their lives, of the trials and persecutions they faced as Jacobites and the Catholics and the terror of being discovered.

Tours finish in the eighteenth century Dining Room where you can soak up the atmosphere with a glass of mulled wine. You can also combine your tour with a Halloween Supper at the 1745 Cottage Restaurant if you dare.

On Sunday 27th October it is time for all little monsters, ghouls and ghosties to come and play at the Halloween Fun Day at Traquair.

There are lots of activities for all ages including ghost stories in the house, magic shows, tarot readings, Halloween Games, Spooky Face Painting, a Witches and Wizards workshop to make your own wand or hat. If you are brave enough you can walk through the Spook Passage Experience – not for the faint hearted.

This year there is Chocolate Ghost Hunt which sends out ghost hunters to the Maze and Woodlands to find some ghouls for Chocolate prizes!

Come dressed to kill and enter our Best Dressed Halloween Character competition.

Additional Notes for editors: 

Ghost tour prices - Adults: £12.00 Children £8.00

Tours suitable for 8yrs and over. Combined tour and supper ticket £24.00

Halloween Fun Day. Adults; £7.00 Child/Conc £4.00 Family £18.00

(2 adults and up to 3 children) Tickets on the Gate only for this event.

Box Office 01896 830323

For further information and photographs contact Catherine Maxwell Stuart Tel; 01896 830323

Sixties Icons Set to Rock Traquair


Sixties Icons Set to Rock Traquair

Two of the most iconic bands of the 1960s – The Animals and The Troggs - are set to headline at this year’s Traquair Fair at Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July.

The bands will perform as part of a special Sixties theme for the family-friendly weekend festival which is set in the grounds of Scotland’s oldest inhabited house. In addition to an impressive line-up of Sixties music, Traquair Fair also includes a programme of children’s entertainment ranging from appearances by Sixties comic book hero Spiderman to storytelling of classic Sixties children’s books in a special Children’s Area which will celebrate the moon landings.

There will be wonderful theatrical performances and colourful street theatre as well as static and living models throughout the house showcasing some of the great designers and fashion created in the Scottish Borders at the time. The Fair also includes a special screening of Tamlin, a 1968 film located at Traquair that starred Ava Gardner, Joanna Lumley and Ian McShane.  Other archive footage from the era will also be shown.

As one of the two headline music acts of this year’s Traquair Fair, The Animals will take to the stage on Sunday 28th to perform a host of iconic numbers including House of the Rising Sun, We Gotta Get Out of this Place and Don’t Let me be Misunderstood.  Chris Britton, original founding member of The Troggs will lead his band on Saturday 27th, performing a set that includes Wild Thing, Love is all Around and Anyway You Want Me. The stage will also see performances from Sixties musician, John Renbourn, one of the founding fathers of contemporary British folk, plus new music with a Sixties influence from Glasgow band, Hidden Masters. There will also be international talent from South African acapella group Africa Antsha who won Best Live performance at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012.

The Traquair Fair also features craft stalls, workshops and complementary therapies as well as a choice of delicious food and drink including Traquair’s own Fair Ale brewed exclusively for the weekend.

Traquair Fair organiser Catherine Maxwell Stuart said;

“The Sixties was an amazing period that featured a host of exciting cultural changes.  Our Traquair Fair will celebrate this in sensational Sixties style with a colourful programme of events that will appeal to all ages.  We’re particularly thrilled that two of the decade’s most iconic and influential bands will be attending and believe that when combined with the rest of our entertainment line-up, this year’s Traquair Fair will offer one of Scotland’s most exciting family days out.”

The Traquair Fair has again benefitted from funding from EventScotland, the national events agency, through their National Funding Programme.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said;

“Scotland is the perfect stage for events and Traquair Fair has a colourful, carnival atmosphere with entertainment ranging from live music to outdoor theatre and dance.  With such a strong programme this year, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained including great activities for children. What better way to make the most of one of Scotland’s most spectacular historic houses?”

The Traquair Fair takes place at Traquair, Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July from 11am until 6pm.   Discounts are available for advance bookings and tickets can purchased online at or at the Box Office, Tel: 01896 830323

Advance ticket prices Adult £19, Concession £13, Family ticket (2 adults and 3 children, 5-14) £46.  Children under 5 go free, and get a free balloon.

Standard ticket Prices on the day: Adult £21, Concession £15, Family ticket (2 adults and 3 children, 5-14) £48. Children under 5 go free, and get a free balloon.


For further media information, please contact Karen Finlay or Yvonne Bruce at Artisan PR on Tel: 01578 722690.

Notes to Editors: 

EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors.

1745 Restaurant now open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings

1745 Cottage Restaurant

We are delighted to announce that from the 9th May the 1745 Cottage Restaurant will be open on a Thursday, Friday & Saturday evening from 6pm –9pm for supper.

Chef Gary Moore will be serving the best locally sourced Border’s food, with a weekly changing menu.  Cooked from the best seafood, game, lamb, beef & cheese the Border’s larder has to offer, not forgetting Traquair Ale.

We offer either a 2 course or 3 course menu priced at only
£12.00 for 2 courses & £15.00 for 3 courses

Booking advisable.
01896 830777


Trio of Salmon

(Poached, Gravalax & Smoked) with a Fennel & Lemon vinaigrette

Pheasant & Haggis pate served with a red onion marmalade & oatcakes

Flakes of home Smoked Chicken & Duck tossed with Berries, Orange Fillets, Rocket & Smoked Cheese

Glazed Stitchill Cheese set on a char grilled vegetable salad

Cullen Skink (made with local smoked haddock)


Fillet of Scottish Cod grilled accompanied with a Prawn Barley Risotto

Chump of Border Lamb, set on a Wild Mushroom & Pea Ragout

Slow cooked Shin of Border Beef with a mustard seed mash & Traquair Ale gravy

Breast of Chicken stuffed with Scottish Goats Cheese & Sun dried Tomato wrapped in Bacon drizzed with a Lemon & Olive dressing

Stuffed Portobello mushroom with Tomato Courgette & Aubergine glazed with Scottish Brie


Broken Cranachan

Spiced Traquair Cake Créme Brulée with crisp shortbread, complimented with fresh berries

Baked Traquair Bannock Pudding served with butterscotch sauce & vanilla ice cream

Local cheeseboard with grapes & homemade chutney