Exploring our surroundings and finding a new favourite

Finding a gem that's only a few miles away

Sometimes some of the prettiest places are those right on your doorstep and we just found one of the most wonderful places is right down the road from us - The House of Dun, Montrose. A perfect way to spend Mother's Day.


Just the other day we decided to join the Scottish National Trust as for just £7 a month we can visit as many NTS properties as well as many on England and Wales. One of the reasons we had not visited the House of Dun was that when we had considered it we realised I never had any change for parking and if we wanted to visit the House we would have to pay over £20. We now have no excuse.


Even though this is just 5 miles down the road we had no idea how extensive the grounds were or that there was a waterfall in the area which had a lovely picnic bench right next to it - guess where we are having lunch this week if the weather is dry!


Today we did not visit the House as we had the dogs and it was a nice day so we fancies a wander round the grounds. I don't actually think you can visit the House until later in the month anyway so I don't think we missed out.


The House of Dun is set amongst the splendid Victorian gardens and woodlands and the were spectacular. At this time of year there is a Scottish Snowdrop Festival which the House of Dun has taken part in meaning much of the woodland walk was through carpets of snowdrops and various information points throughout the walk. Perfect in later years when we ca really talk to M and F about things.


With the woodland being very hilly there was no way that a pram could have been used. Luckily we had carriers for both children or we might have gone home disappointed. It was hard to navigate some of the steps as they were steep and slippy but with care we roamed, a small portion, of the extensive grounds. This meant F was a bit grumpy to begin with as he tends to want to sleep lying down but he dropped off after 10 minutes or so after much protesting and we soon enjoyed a quiet walk! It's also the first time I have ever wrapped him and at first I had not managed to wrap him correctly which I think caused much of the moans as he dropped off only a few minutes after I readjusted the wrap.


M is becoming interested in plants and so we spoke about the flowers and the branches that were all starting to grow - which adds in with some of the messages we have been talking about with the plants we have planted just this week.


Now we have the passes we can go to so many places in the area that we haven't been to before - now just for some warmer weather so we can spend longer outside before M starts to complain about the cold (she really struggles with the cold).


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10 comments :

  1. Sounds like you all had a lovely day out! We have not been to this place yet, although Scotland has loads of beautiful places worth visiting which is ideal for kids too. #WhateverTheWeather

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  2. I hope you managed to get back for your picnic by the waterfall. That sounds so beautiful!!! The grounds look so big! So much to explore. It's great you've got a pass now and you can go back anytime. I've just invested in a NT pass and it really does prove worth it doesn't it. Your pictures are really lovely. Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with #whatevertheweather xx

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  3. Aww looks like an amazint trip! Love the carpet of snowdrops! So stunning there! #countrykids

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  4. What a beautiful adventure! All the snowdrops! Stunning! :) Also loving the monkey hat!

    Thanks for linking up to #MyWildOnes xx

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  5. Looks beautiful. What carrier are you using with your older one? My 18 month old is outgrowing his toddler carrier rather quicker than he should be!

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    1. Hey. It is just a Baby sized Tula, she turned 2 last month, dainty but average height for age.

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  6. I think you will love your National Trust Membership, we had it last year and I feel we missed out not doing it when the kids were younger. They usually have beautiful grounds like this with plenty of places to explore and natural pay areas for the children. I think you are probably right about the house, Easter is the usual opening time. I hope you get to return for your picnic. Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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    1. Yeah we didn't realise they closed for winter but just getting a walk on the grounds of these places is great!

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  7. Ooh, I have been meaning to look into getting passes too, they seem great value! Hope you got back for your picnic with this sun we've been having and a look round the house when it opens. It looks like a great place to visit with lots of areas for kids to play in and chat about! Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x

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  8. It looks like a beautiful place, the snowdrops look amazing! A National Trust membership is definitely on the cards for us sometime soon. (I love your wrap too by the way - looks like you did a great job!) #mywildones

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