Welcome to Thirlestane Castle

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

We are delighted to be able to take bookings again for accommodation stays from Wednesday 15th July - in line with the government’s Route Map - Phase 3.

Thirlestane is the ultimate 5-star retreat for a post lockdown family gathering or romantic couples’ getaway. Our unrivalled accommodation in the South Wing offers guests the unique opportunity to stay in a castle just 35 minutes south of Edinburgh.

Our luxury accommodation consists of eight bedrooms split over five apartments which can be taken individually or all together by a group, and sleep up to sixteen people.

Each self-contained apartment has its own kitchen, bathroom and living space to relax in, and with acres of grounds to safely explore and a menu of experiences to choose, such as a delicious meal or picnic hamper delivered to your door, Thirlestane is the perfect - post lockdown haven.

We have, however had to make the very difficult decision to not open to the day visitor this year.
We plan to re-open the castle, tearoom and grounds to all in May 2021.

In the meantime, stay safe and well"


Edward Maitland-Carew

Thirlestane Castle featured in Best Castle Wedding Venues in the UK article on Bridebook