Allison Cargill House

Allison Cargill House
EH41 4QA

The House is situated within its own walled, well maintained grounds with a large grassed playing area at the back of the house. This area contains a  fixed barbecuing facilities.  

The House Committee look forward to welcoming you and know your stay will be filled with fun, friendship and new opportunities.

The House is 3 miles south of East Linton, surrounded by farmland and many historic points of interest. The location of Allison Cargill House provides extensive opportunities for outdoor pursuits, walks etc. It is also within easy reach of Haddington, Dunbar and North Berwick which offer swimming pools, beaches and The Scottish Seabird Centre. Please note that the access to Whittingehame is via the A199 to East Linton from where Whittingehame is signposted. There is no access from the new A1

The House is equipped with all the essentials for an indoor holiday – including industrial cooker, microwave, toaster, large larder, fridge, freezer, utensils, crockery, cutlery and kitchen equipment. There are some simple musical instruments, song books and a variety of small games equipment, i.e. skipping ropes, parachute.
There is a barbecue – please bring your own charcoal.
There is an outside laundry/drying room suitable for storage of outdoor clothes and footwear. 


We are currently fundraising to create a new play area in the grounds of the house. Please support us as a Co-op local cause .  We are looking forward to creating an exciting new play area this year.



The house accommodates 24 – 26 people.  There are 3 rooms with bunks to sleep 6, 1 room with bunks to sleep 4 (can be adapted for disabled use) and 1 room with bunks to sleep 3 and 1 folding bed.

All beds are supplied with mattress, bottom sheet, pillow and pillowcase. (please remove sheets and pillowcases from beds for collection by housekeeper)
Every individual must bring a duvet with cover or a sleeping bag.

Toilets / Showers 3 single toilets in the house, one of which is suitable for disabled use. There is a shower room which includes showers that can be modified for disabled use and a further single shower room.

Large Hall / Dining room
Outside Laundry room / Drying room
Flat grassed area for play area
Tarmac area for parking

Remember to bring these items as they are not provided -
First Aid equipment
Washing and cleaning cloths, dusters, dish and hand towels, bin liners (please use)
Charcoal for barbecue

NOTE:    Please note that the grounds of the house are not a campsite and that fires are not allowed.

We have a small selection of pocket money souvenirs.


Why not visit the Yew Tree during your stay?

The Whittingehame Yew (Taxus baccata) is one of Scotland’s Heritage Trees. It lies in the grounds of Whittingehame Estate, close by Whittingehame Tower, and is a remarkable example of a “layering yew”, in which the branches sweep down to the ground and root themselves, forming a conical chamber with the original trunk as a central pillar. It has historical connections with Mary Queen of Scots, as Bothwell confessed to having planned the murder of Darnley in the courtyard at Whittingehame Tower, and local tradition has it that the plotting was conducted within the Yew Tree.

Complete the booking form and return it to the Whittingehame Estate before your visit.

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County Bookings  £150 per 24 hours   External Bookings £175 per 24 hours.

The house sleeps a maximum of 26 people. There will be a levy of £2.50 per person per night for each person over that maximum staying overnight (indoors or outdoors). This charge will be added to your final balance.

Check availability on our calendar below and contact us to make a booking.

Please note camp forms from other counties should be sent to  -


Denise McCandlish,  Brownie Adviser
20 Kellie Place
EH42 1GF


Amanda-Jane Thomson, Outdoor Adviser

(Click on the name to contact the Adviser)

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