Broomhall House, Charlestown and the Lime Kilns

Broomhall House, Charlestown and the Lime Kilns

Come join us on a tour of Broomhall House, the home of the Bruce family for more than
300 years, which is only open by special arrangement. It continues to be lived in, and
cared for, by the descendants of King Robert the Bruce. This will be followed by a visit
to the historic “planned” village of Charlestown, which pre-dates New Lanark, and sits
on the Broomhall Estate. The tour to Broomhall will end with a visit to the Charlestown
Lime Kilns, which are regarded as one of the most important Industrial Revolution
remains in the UK

Venue: Broomhall House, Charlestown and the Lime Kilns
Time: TBC
Cost: £39 including a light lunch

Broomhall House

Broomhall is one of Scotland’s grandest houses, originally designed by Sir William Bruce in 1703, then rebuilt to John Adam’s design in 1766. It was enlarged in 1798 by Thomas Harrison and finally completed in 1865 by the architect Charles Heath Wilson, a founding director of the Glasgow School of Art.

The tour of the house will be taken by Charles Bruce, the son of the current Earl of Elgin. The tour includes a museum laid out as a cabinet of curiosities, presenting exhibitions drawn from an extensive collection of photography, prints and drawings, architectural plans, letters and journals, ceramics and textiles, arms and armour.

Charlestown and The Lime Kilns

We shall have a light lunch at the Inn at Charlestown, followed by a walking tour around the designed village. Charleston was established in 1756 by Charles Bruce, 5th Earl of Elgin, 30 years before New Lanark. We will finish the tour at the fourteen lime kilns that were built between 1777 – 1792 and produced lime until the site closed in 1956.


Limited numbers so please book early. The cost of £39.00 pp includes coach travel from central Glasgow and a pickup at Inverkeithing Park-and-Ride, a light lunch at the Inn at Charlestown, and guided tours of Broomhall House, Charlestown Village and the Lime Kilns. Download the booking form here

NOTE: The event will be subject to compliance with any restrictions/requirements in relation to Covid-19.


Image © Broomhall House