The Hirsel & Homestead Museum
The Hirsel & Homestead Museum
The Hirsel Estate bursts to life in Spring with early flowers and in summer with rhododendrons. Extensive walks lead through the 500 acre park and around Hirsel Lake, where you can watch birds from the safety of viewing hides.
The Hirsel estate was made famous by Henry Douglas-Home (aka 'The Birdman'). The lake and woodland are home to some 170 species of birds.

Estate Walks
The grounds of the Hirsel Estate are open every day of the year and offer excellent walks around Dundock Wood and throughout the estate.

Seasonal Highlights
The estate is worth exploring for early Spring flowers including daffodils, aconites, and snowdrops. From May the azaleas and rhododendrons in the woodlands are in bloom, then as Autumn comes on there is a wonderful display of red and gold colours in the woodland. Another Autumn highlight is watching the geese and gulls return to their winter nesting grounds on Hirsel Lake.

Homestead Museum
This attractive small museum houses displays of life on the estate in days gone by. The museum is located in the original stables and loose boxes. Exhibits include blacksmithing, fishing, forestry, and a wash house. Local artisans have craft shops, and there are signposted walks around the estate.

Entry to the museum and estate itself are free, but there is a charge for parking.