Unfortunately, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are sadly not opening the castle to the day visitor this year. We plan to re-open the castle, tearoom and grounds to all in May 2021.

We are however, really looking forward to welcoming accommodation guests to the castle from 15 July, and will continue to look ahead to next May when we can warmly welcome our day visitors again.

Until then, please be inspired by our virtual tour that we are sharing on our social channels:

Twitter - @ThirlestaneBuzz
Facebook - @thirlestanecastle
Instagram - @thirlestanecastle


Nestled in an idyllic part of the Scottish Borders, Thirlestane Castle is a magnificent 16th Century Castle set in a meadow landscape.

Family Home to the Duke of Lauderdale, Thirlestane Castle is one of the oldest and finest castles in Scotland and still remains home to the Maitland family today.

Located just off the A68 in Lauder, Thirlestane Castle is easily accessible and has plenty of parking.


The castle, tearoom and grounds will re-open in May 2021.
For information on our facilities, admission prices and opening times please follow the link below.

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The Tea Room will re-open in May 2021.

Choose from a selection of light meals, home baking, and hot & cold drinks. Treat yourself to our delicious Afternoon Tea Experience.

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There are always exciting things going on at Thirlestane Castle from upcoming events to new collections.

Check what's been happening in our news section or read archived articles.

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Maintenance of the castle and vital restorative work would not be possible without your generous support.

We're always looking for volunteers to help share Thirlestane's stories.

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Thirlestane Castle is a member of the Big Houses in the Scottish Borders - a group that works together to promote and represent the historic houses and castles across the region.

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