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Fit for a King!

It was originally owned by the kings of Scotland, and today (Monday 27 June) Traquair House near Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders was once again the location for another gold crown when it was awarded the Four Star Gold Quality Assurance (QA) Award from VisitScotland.

The Bed and Breakfast accommodation, situated within Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, received the award in recognition of its high standards from VisitScotland Chief Executive Malcolm Roughead, who made a special stop-off at Traquair as part of a ‘Listening Tour’ to the Scottish Borders to meet with some of the leading tourism businesses in the region.

Accepting the award was Catherine Maxwell-Stuart, 21st Lady of Traquair, who lives with her family in the stunning ancestral home which was gifted to the 1st Laird of Traquair, by the Earl of Buchan in 1491.

The Four Star Gold B & B grading recognises the extremely high standards of Traquair House’s visitor accommodation at its latest grading. The ‘gold’ part of the QA award represents the continuing attainment of outstanding customer service and hospitality.

Traquair House, which dates back to 1107 and is still lived in by the descendants of the Maxwell Stuart family, is itself graded a Five Star Visitor Attraction in the VisitScotland Visitor Attraction Scheme.

The accommodation was also awarded the Ancestral Welcome in recognition of its appeal to visitors with an interest in ancestral research and it retained its Taste Our Best award for its use of local and quality Scottish produce.

Set in beautiful, romantic countryside and boasting extensive grounds with a maze and a stretch of private fishing on the River Tweed, Traquair House offers three spacious double bedrooms – the Pink Room, the Blue Room and the White Room – all of which are elegantly furnished with antique furniture, canopied beds, private bathrooms, central heating and Wi-Fi. 

B & B guests are also able to use the Lower Drawing Room and its residents’ bar in the evenings after the gracious period property has been closed to the public.

Catherine Maxwell-Stuart of Traquair House said:

We are delighted to have been awarded the Four Star Gold Award from VisitScotland for our Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Adding this award to our Five Star Visitor Attraction status demonstrates the high standards and commitment we offer our visitors to ensure their experience is the very best. The B&B accommodation at Traquair House offers visitors the unique opportunity to experience a piece of living history.”

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said:

It is fantastic to get the opportunity to meet face to face with businesses like Traquair House, an excellent example of a business capitalising on its unique heritage and ancestry to develop a visitor experience of the highest quality in the region.

“Tourism is at the heart of economic success in the Scottish Borders – creating jobs and supporting communities. The industry currently supports over 3,200 jobs in the area and generates £71million in revenue. The aim of today’s tour is to meet with industry leaders and discuss how we can continue to capitalise on the wealth of opportunities in the region and maximise the visitor economy.”

Building on the success of the 2015 Chief Executive Listening Tour, Mr Roughead met with tourism leaders across the region, speaking directly to emerging talent in the industry while making lasting connections and forging new partnerships in the area.

For more information about VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance Schemes, visit

For more information about Traquair House, visit

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Amelia Whittaker

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