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Thirlestane Castle is a magnificent 16th-century castle set in a quiet meadow landscape in the Scottish Borders, just over half an hour south of Edinburgh.

We are taking bookings for later in the year for small group guided tours of the castle. Tickets must be pre-booked in advance. Please note that our Tearoom and grounds will remain closed to the public until May 2021. Find out more about our Guided Tours

Our 5-star accommodation in the South Wing offer the ultimate retreat for a post lockdown family gathering or romantic couples’ getaway. Our accommodation consists of eight bedrooms split over five apartments which can either be taken individually or all together by a group of up to sixteen people.  Each apartment has its own kitchen, bathroom and living space to relax in and there are acres of grounds to explore. We offer a menu of delicious food such as breakfast hampers & pre-cooked meals which can be delivered right to your door and can help arrange a variety of experiences such as horse riding, spa treatments and other activities in the grounds. A fully catered and exclusive use option is also available. 

To reassure you – we have undertaken a comprehensive risk analysis in accordance with Government Covid-19 guidelines, and have developed a full range of measures to ensure guest and staff safety, and have been accredited the ‘Good To Go’ certificate.

Neighbourhood information

The Castle is just 10-minutes’ walk from the charming town of Lauder. Here you will find a number of shops including convenience stores, butcher, bakery, delicatessen and fruit and veg shop. There are also several pubs, a cafe/gallery and a restaurant. The Scottish Borders is so popular because of the sheer range of activities packed into such a small and accessible region – historic houses and castles, exciting festivals, arts and crafts, delicious local produce and miles of rolling hills, beautiful valleys and the Berwickshire coastline. For those that love the outdoors there is a variety of different activities available close at hand including horse riding, exhilarating cycling routes, fishing, golf and spectacular walking – the Southern Upland Way crosses the Thirlestane Estate. There is a small community leisure centre in Lauder which has a fully equipped gym that is available on a ‘pay as you go’ basis. The Scottish Borders is also renowned for its variety of crafts and is famous for producing quality textiles such as tweed, cashmere and tartan. Take a visit to a traditional workshop and workers will be more than happy to demonstrate their skills.

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