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Great Estates Scotland

Inveraray Castle exterior, Scotland. Visited by thousands every year, the castle was the stand-in for “Duneagle” in the DOWNTON ABBEY Christmas episode.
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Inveraray Castle exterior, Scotland. Visited by thousands every year, the castle was the stand-in for “Duneagle” in the DOWNTON ABBEY Christmas episode.

Airs Mondays, Nov. 16, Dec. 21 & Dec. 28, 2015 & Jan. 4, 2016 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

GREAT ESTATES SCOTLAND, a four-part series, takes an in-depth look at the workings of some of Scotland’s most magnificent country estates through the eyes of the current owners, the ghillies, the gardeners and the housekeepers, not forgetting the paying guests who frequent these stunning country estates. The programs, filmed entirely in Scotland, tell the fascinating stories behind these magnificent buildings.

“Dumfries” airs Monday, Nov. 16 at 10 p.m. - Tour the interior of the fabulous Dumfries House, an architectural gem that boasts one of the largest collections of Chippendale furniture in the world. This once-neglected mansion was dramatically brought back to life and saved for the nation by HRH The Prince of Wales.

“Kincardine” airs Monday, Dec. 21 at 10 p.m. - The 70-room Kincardine Castle is home to only two people, Andrew and Nicky Bradford. In a little over a century, the castle and its surrounding 3,000-acre estate have gone from being a trifling extravagance for its fabulously rich owners to presenting a passionate but ongoing struggle to keep it afloat for its present-day occupants.

“Rosslyn” airs Monday, Dec. 28 at 10 p.m. - Uncover myths and legends of mysterious Rosslyn Chapel, where part of "The Di Vinci Code" was filmed. Many believe it to be home to the Holy Grail, the skull of St. Matthew or John the Baptist or even of Jesus Christ. The program seeks answers and makes breathtaking discoveries.

“Inveraray” airs Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 at 10 p.m. - For more than 500 years, Inveraray Castle has housed the chieftain of one of the world’s best-known family clans, the Clan Campbell. It is now the home to the 13th Duke of Argyll, His Grace Torquhil Ian Campbell, and his young family. Visited by thousands every year, the castle was the stand-in for “Duneagle” in the DOWNTON ABBEY Christmas episode.

GREAT ESTATES SCOTLAND was produced by B4 Films.