Historic Scotland

Opening times

Open summer only, from 1 April to 31 October.

 

Overview

Explore an ancient underground passage and trace the remains of long-abandoned buildings.

Ardestie is an example of an earth house or souterrain, ancient underground structures common to the British Isles and Brittany.

Ardestie Earth House was likely built in the first two centuries AD, and is in a remarkable state of completeness – both in terms of the earth house itself, and the complex of buildings at ground level.