IF you haven't been for a while, it's worth a flutter on a return trip to Kailzie Gardens this month.

The picturesque estate outside Peebles had been attracting visitors for years to savour its stunning gardens, view the region's osprey nests, dine in the cafe, or enjoy the range of family attractions.

But staff at Kailzie have hatched a plan for making the historic gardens even more of desirable - butterflies.

Dozens of the most colourful species have recently hatched in the conservatory.

And the fluttering creatures are already proving popular with guests of al ages.

Lady Buchan-Hepburn from Kailzie Gardens told us: "We have always been butterfly friendly at Kailzie Gardens with the types of plants we have but this year we decided to take it a stage further.

"We have hatched our own butterflies in the conservatory, which is now our butterfly house, and it is proving highly successful.

"We now have a fascinating and extremely beautiful collection - there must have been around 100 of them flying around when I was last in."

The new butterfly house is open throughout the summer.

Kailzie Gardens, which are situated just off the B7062 between Peebles and Cardrona, is open between 10am and 4.30pm every day.