Welcome to Thirlestane Castle

“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 - the Scottish Borders are classed as a Covid Protection Level 2 area.

We are open for small group guided tours of the castle on Tuesdays and Thursdays (10:30am and 2pm), and Saturdays (10:30am). Tickets must be pre-booked in advance. Please note that our Tearoom and grounds will remain closed to the public until 2021. Find out more about our Guided Tours

Our 5-star accommodation in the South Wing is also open, offering 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. We have also updated our Terms and Conditions to give you more flexibilty. 

Stay safe and well."


Edward Maitland-Carew