About Us

The Burn is run as a charitable trust to enhance education by providing a unique study and short-break centre to student groups from all parts of the world.

The Burn is situated at the foot of Glenesk,  one of Scotland’s most scenic glens, approximately 1 mile (2km) north of the village of Edzell and 6 miles (10km) north of the town of Brechin, and the River North Esk forms the western boundary of the site. Surprisingly close to major towns and cities, but still removed and serene in its own estate, The Burn is uniquely positioned in Scotland and affords visitors a peaceful environment and the chance to reflect and relax.

The Burn is the name of a small estate containing an attractive Georgian mansion house that was originally built for General Lord Adam Gordon between 1791 and 1796. During the intervening years the house and grounds were steadily extended until, in the 1930s, the house was completely remodelled and modernised by Mr George Herbert Russell.

The mansion house has 18 bedrooms and a capacity to accommodate 44 guests in shared rooms. An additional 6 bedrooms and 11 beds are available in the adjacent and recently refurbished Courtyard House. 

Surrounding the house are 190 acres (77 hectares) of spectacular grounds consisting of ancient woodland, parkland and gardens. A stunning riverside walk follows the North Esk river and crosses the Boundary Highland Fault Line. Standing at the foot of Glenesk, The Burn is ideally placed for exploring some of Scotland’s most striking scenery and for excursions to Royal Deeside and the many world-famous golf-links within the Scottish North-East region.

With its warm hospitality, first-class catering and relaxing environment, The Burn offers a home from home in the Scottish Highlands.

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