The Scottish aristocrats we wish we were staying with this Burns Night

Burns Night – a key date in any Scot’s diary. Traditionally a celebration of Scottish poet Robert Burns’s life, when the finest castles host an evening full of blasting bagpipes, haggis-cutting and whisky-fuelled poetry recitals. Although this year’s celebrations may look slightly different, here are the Scottish socialites you should keep in mind when looking for a glamorous Burns Night invitation for next year.

  • The Duke and Duchess of Argyll

    You may recognise Inveraray Castle, Eleanor and Torquhil Campbell’s magnificent 18th-century pile, after binge watching Downton Abbey – they have now even installed a helipad for American enthusiasts to land and take a grand tour of where the Crawleys spent Christmas. While Torquhil, Chief of Clan Campbell, and Eleanor have been isolating in their grand Gothic castle, the family has been busy maintaining the 16 acres of formal gardens and polishing 21-metres worth of 16th-Century armour in the Armoury Hall.

  • Inveraray Castle

  • The Earl and Countess of Hopetoun

    The Earl of Hopetoun, Andrew Hope, uses his skills as a former engineer for high-tech projects within the army (specialising in nuclear and particle physics) to run one of the largest houses in the country, Hopetoun House. Set in 6,500 acres a stone’s throw away from Edinburgh, Andrew and his wife Skye manage some 60,000 visitors each year. Although, once the crowds disappear, the couple host dazzling dinners for daughter Lady Gina and her Edinburgh friends in their magnificent 17th-century State Dining Room. There, silver candlesticks glisten alongside large pink ostrich feathers and guests slip into silk dresses and black tie, followed by dancing to Calvin Harris in the Drawing Room.

    The Earl and Countess of Hopetoun with Prince Michael of Kent and Princess Michael of Kent at Royal Ascot

  • Hopetoun House

  • Petra Palumbo and Lord Lovat

    Society beauty and homeware designer Petra Palumbo cherishes her morning walks through her husband’s childhood home, Lovat Estate, nestled in Inverness. Whether she’s foraging flowers from the garden, planting bulbs or watching the geese fly in, Petra reflects the majestic Highland landscape in her elegant hand-painted designs. Spot Lord Lovat and Petra hiking on the Isle of Skye during the summer with fashionista, Tatiana Hambro.

    Petra Palumbo and Lord Lovat on their wedding day, 2016

  • Idina and Alexandra Moncreiffe

    The Moncreiffe sisters, Idina and Alexandra, are just as central on the social scene in Scotland as they are in London. The two models are descendants of Clan Moncreiffe – the prestigious Highland clan formed in Perthshire in 1248. Although the model sisters may not take part in the clan’s annual Highland Games, they host active weekends for the artsy crowd – where singer Birdy, model Olympia Campbell and artist Henry Hudson pile into a rowing boat to drift across the loch at Easter Moncreiffe.

    Idina and Alexandra Moncreiffe, photographed for the September 2017 issue of Tatler

  • Idina and Alexandra Moncreiffe, photographed for the September 2017 issue of Tatler

  • The Duke of Roxburghe

    When the current Duke, Charles Innes Ker, inherited Floors Castle (the largest and grandest inhabited castle in the country) he became one of the youngest landowners in the country. Two years on, the castle is flourishing more than ever – locals flock to the immaculate Victorian Gardens, Daylesford-esque deli and farm shop, as well as exploring the spectacular State Rooms. The 39-year-old former Household Cavalry Officer also runs Capstar Services, a chauffeuring and security company which recruits men and women wounded in combat. When Charles isn’t manning the 50,000 acre estate, find him hanging out at 5 Hertford Street.

    The Duke of Roxburghe (right) with his late father, the 10th Duke

  • Floors Castle

  • Viscount Stormont

    Scone Palace in Perthshire is undoubtedly one of the many gems of Scotland. Scottish kings throughout history would ride on horseback to be knighted at the Perthshire palace, and centuries later modern-day aristocrats congregate here on the polo field for chukkas on balmy summer days. When Viscount Stormont, William Murray – Old Etonian and business enthusiast – isn’t hosting Mary Berry (who enjoys cooking in Scone’s Victorian kitchen), he’s organising The Scone Project, an annual invitation-only conference dedicated to guiding the next generation of landowners.

    Scone Palace


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