Former home of James Boswell opens to public

On Sunday 2nd September 2012, building preservation charity the Landmark Trust is opening Auchinleck House, Ayrshire. This free open day is part of the annual Ayrshire Doors Open Days programme and will give the public an opportunity to see inside this interesting local building and learn more about its history. The building will be open between 10am and 4pm.

Auchinleck House was built between 1755 and 1760 by Alexander Boswell, 8th Laird of Auchinleck and the father of James Boswell, the celebrated diarist and biographer of Samuel Johnson. It is one of the finest examples of an eighteenth-century country villa to survive in Scotland and its historical association makes it of national importance.

All are welcome to attend the open day and there is no need to book. A free information leaflet will be available which explains the building’s architecture and restoration by The Landmark Trust.

For directions please contact the Landmark Trust on 01628 825925 (office open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm) or email

The restoration of Auchinleck House was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and the Royal Oak Foundation. The Landmark Trust rescues and restores historic buildings and makes them available as inspiring places to stay. The letting income then pays for the on-going maintenance of the building, giving it a secure future. Auchinleck House is available to rent for holidays and sleeps up to thirteen people.

Details about other Landmark Trust buildings and open days can be found at