Dalkeith Palace was finished in 1711 for Anna, 1st Duchess of Buccleuch. The Palace sits in over 1,000 acres of wild woodland and countryside. It’s been in the Buccleuch family for over 300 years and they have cared for it through restoration and careful development over this period to make it one of the most stunning privately owned estates in the world.
In 2016 the park, stable yard and courtyard were redeveloped to create a world class visitor attraction. This project encompassed the development of the Fort Douglas Adventure play centre with its impressive Fort Treehouse, complete with stairs, tunnels and a high rise walkway.
Our brief with this project was to extend this adventure play to offer even more for visitors young and old and add some additional challenges and play elements.
The initial phase of the development was the new Orangerie Zip Hub, modeled on the 12 sided Orangerie, complete with Doric columns and central chimney that sits alongside the stables. This is accessed from the existing Fort Treehouse if you complete a difficult maze inside the fort.
Photos by Lindsey Mackenzie Parker at Mack Photo.