Rediscovering Dunglass and the Origins of the Picturesque Landscape,

a conference at Dunglass, East Lothian, 13th/14th July 2022

The cost of attending the two-day event will be

£60 per head, including catering. 

To book your place: Eventbrite

Representatives from Scotland’s Garden & Landscape Heritage, (SGLH), the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) and Berwickshire Naturalist Club (BNC) are collaborating on a project to share knowledge and to raise public awareness of the significance of the Dunglass Estate, which is situated on the border of Berwickshire and East Lothian.


Dunglass was one of Scotland’s finest examples of the late 18th century picturesque style of landscape design, and although many of the core features have been lost, the basic structure can still be recognised. The landscape contains several other features of interest including a Pre-Reformation Collegiate Church (now in the care of Historic Environment Scotland) and a French Fort surmounted by a C18th Gazebo. The Dunglass Dene which borders the estate to the south has recently been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its botanical interest.


Because the (major) house was demolished in the 1950s’ the significance of the estate has become overlooked. Geographically Dunglass is at the pinch point of the Great North Road between the capitals of Scotland and England, where the hills come down to the sea, in an area of deep ravines leading to innumerable towers and fortifications. Culturally it is the border between the Merse and the Lothians. Historically the Halls of Dunglass were major figures of the Enlightenment.


A conference at a venue on the Dunglass Estate is planned for July 2022, at which delegates will be provided with a mixture of lectures and visits to sites of interest on and around the estate. The lectures will form the basis of a book which the Berwickshire Naturalist Club plans to publish following the event.

Come to the conference to explore the natural history, ornithology and geology of the area.