I was out on my own and decided to walk to Dalmeny House from the Train Station. Here's some advice: Don't use Google Maps to find this place!
On my return (after getting horribly lost on the way to the house), I determined that the best way to get to Dalmeny house from the train is to take a shortcut through a wooded area near the station which takes you down 120+ steps near the Hawes Restaurant back parking lot (in South Queensferry). Just walk along that main road, up the hill away from S. Queensferry,. The road is bordered by a stone wall on the firth side which runs the entire way until you get to Dalmeny house where the sign and entrance will be on your left. It is another 1.6 miles down the drive to the house, where you actually walk right along the sheep and the grouse.
The house is only open two months out of the year, and for only 3 hours on Sun through Wednesday. The family still lives in the house so the visiting hours are minimal.
The tour only goes through a few rooms, but the collections in them are amazing. I had a wonderful tour guide who highlighted all of the important features of the house, including the history of the owners, and the vast collections that were inherited by the Rothbury connection.
The final room of the tour is the dining room, which overlooks the firth for a lovely view. Since the tea room was closed due to water damage, I was asked if I would enjoy a cup of complimentary tea. I thought that was a wonderful idea, and I was surprised to receive a cup of tea long with some fabulous home baked tea breads for my enjoyment only, since I was the lone guest remaining. Wonderful hospitality!
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