Lord Ancrum’s Wood
17th century architecture hidden in an ancient woodland
Explore Lord Ancrum's Wood and see if you can spot the magnificent carved gateway, the ice house and an intriguing cavern known as 'the priest hole' (named as it may have been a hiding place in the bitter struggles between the Covenanters and the established church) hidden amongst these ancient trees.
This is a rich environment full of wildlife. Visit in spring and smell the drifts of wild garlic, watch for nuthatches clinging to the tree trunks, or enjoy the stark shapes of the fine old trees in winter.
'Lord Ancrum' was one of the titles held by the Kerr family, Marquises of Lothian, who once owned this land. They built a stately home on the site of Newbattle Abbey, a large monastery that was founded here in 1140.
Facilities & access
There are no public toilets at Newbattle Abbey College, although there are some in nearby Dalkeith.
Lord Ancrum’s Wood is accessed from the grounds of Newbattle Abbey College, where a bridge crosses the River South Esk into the woodland. Newbattle Abbey College is on the east side of Newbattle Road (B703), on the south side of Eskbank.
There is a small visitor car park near the entrance to the college. Enter the main gates and turn left towards the business park.
EH22 3LL is the nearest postcode.
Bus service X95 from Edinburgh stops outside college. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.
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