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 castle and grounds are now closed for the season, however should you wish to arrange a private guided tour (subject to availability) please email events@thirlestanecastle.co.uk. You can find out more information about our guided tours on the visit page of our website.

Our 5-star accommodation in the South Wing offer the ultimate retreat for a 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, vegetable baskets and butchers breakfast packs which can be delivered right to your door. We 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. 

We look forward to welcoming you here"


Edward Maitland-Carew