Private Dining

Thirlestane has many exciting dining options for your event – from grand State Rooms for a more formal experience to underground vaulted cellars and original kitchens for something more relaxed. 

With a series of recently refurbished spaces we can also offer some unique areas for drinks receptions and after dinner entertainment.

We work with the finest caterers from Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders to make sure your event leaves a lasting impression on your guests.


For the grandest of occasions, the State Drawing Room offers opulent surroundings. The breath-taking 17th century ceilings are by the same craftsman as the ones in the Palace of Holyroodhouse.




Lined with portraits of the Maitland family, the State Drawing Room is perhaps the most formal setting at the castle. Banquet like the former inhabitants around a table laden with silverware as their portraits surround you.




For a more rustic, contemporary event, our newly refurbished Old Kitchen offers a less formal but equally memorable venue for your meal. The original Victorian range will provide a talking point for your guests while they eat.





Our Cobbled Courtyard is the perfect alfresco dining space on a summer's evening. If you don't trust the weather we can add a transparent marquee to create a unique conservatory space





If you are looking for an atmospheric space for dinner then we can offer our Vaulted Cellars. The former coal storage for the castle is now a unusual space with an original cobbled floor and vaulted ceiling.





The Old Servant's Hall is used by visitors to the castle on open days but can be hired for exclusive use at other times if you are looking for a more cosy setting.




Please contacts us at or ring us on +44 1578 722430 to discuss your ideas.

You can also download our Events Brochure to see more of what we can offer.

Events Brochure

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