This stunning series takes an in-depth look at the fascinating stories and inner workings of four of Scotland’s most magnificent country estates, through the eyes of not only the current owners and the ghillies, gardeners, and housekeepers that keep them running, but also from the viewpoint of the paying guests who frequent these sumptuous country estates.

Episodes Include…
Inveraray Castle – For more than 500 years, Inveraray Castle has housed the Clan Campbell, and is now home to the 13th Duke of Argyll, His Grace Torquhil Ian Campbell, and his young family.

Dumfries House – Boasting one of the largest collections of Chippendale furniture in the world, this once-neglected mansion was dramatically brought back to life by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Kincardine Castle – Home to only two people, the 70-room castle and its 3,000-acre estate was once merely a trifling extravagance to its wealthy owners, but now presents a passionate but ongoing struggle to keep it afloat.

Rosslyn Chapel – Rife with myth and legend, many believe the mysterious Chapel to be home to the Holy Grail or the skull of St. Matthew, John the Baptist, or even of Jesus Christ.


“Great Estates of Scotland” is a two disc compilation of great estates in Scotland. Sometimes, PBS doesn’t try to slip something past their viewers. It’s a nice travelogue that takes you around Scotland to look at old buildings. If you’re into that, then you’re set for a couple of hours.

The two discs are packed to the gills with content, but we don’t get any bonus material. I don’t know if this is an ongoing series or not. But, I assume that all the great estates in Scotland were covered. Maybe they could’ve did a Great Estates of Wales? Does Wales have Great Estates? I ask because I’m American and other countries all look like Narnia or Arrakis to me.

The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for standard definition. That being said, the transfer still doesn’t get much to do. The Dolby 2.0 track keeps all channels pumping. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.



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