Thirlestane Castle

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Award Winning
Free WiFi
Dog/Pet friendly
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One of the oldest and finest castles in Scotland, Thirlestane Castle is the ultimate in luxury retreats.  

With its rose-coloured stone and enchanting turrets surrounded by tranquil, flourishing Scottish Borders parkland, you know you’re going to be in for a majestic stay.  

Whether you’re gathering your favourite people to celebrate something special, or you’re simply in the mood for a unique family escape – even including the dog – you’ll discover the perfect accommodation in Thirlestane’s grand South Wing. Boasting five sumptuous suites finished to a five-star standard, you can choose between booking individual suites or the entire accommodation wing, which sleeps up to a total of sixteen. 

Thirlestane Castle is located just 30 minutes drive south of Edinburgh.

What makes a stay at Thirlestane Castle unique?

Luxury meets history in these unique castle suites, which have been spectacularly decorated in keeping with the castle’s rich history and surroundings. Featuring distinctive antiques, captivating artwork and even artefacts from the castle’s own collections, this exquisite accommodation is truly one-of-a-kind.  


What is the capacity for Thirlestane Castle?

The castle accommodation offers a mixture of one, two and three bedroom self-contained suites which can be booked either individually or by a group of up to sixteen people.

The suites all have self-catered facilities and catering can be arranged for group bookings. 

What can guests enjoy when staying in the Lauder area?

Thirlestane Castle is located within an hour’s drive of Edinburgh near the town of Lauder, a quaint Scottish Village with plenty of local offerings.  

Upon request, the Thirlestane team can organise a range of unforgettable experiences for guests. There is a wonderful selection to choose from, including horse riding, spa treatments, afternoon tea, whisky tasting and curated tours of the Borders. You can also enjoy the vast Lauderdale Estate, which has beautiful walking routes leading directly from the castle.  

Outside the estate, a visit to Melrose Abbey, a 12th century monastery, is highly recommended by the Thirlestane team. The Rosslyn Chapel, a 15th century chapel made famous by the Dan Brown novel 'The Da Vinci Code'. Being in the Scottish countryside, guests are encouraged to explore the beauty that Scotland has to offer. Scott's view is where you will be able to take in the famously beautiful vista across the Tweed valley. Walk part of the Southern Upland Way and explore the wonderful Scottish Borders countryside. For those that love to mix the outdoors with some sport then you will have fishing on the River Tweed or River Leader or partake in a round of Golf at the Roxburghe Championship Course near Kelso. Whatever you choose to do this neighbourhood will not leave you struggling for ideas 

Where can guests enjoy food and drink?

Guests can either self-cater or be catered for by award-winning caterers in the castle’s Victorian Kitchen or in one of the State Rooms.

In nearby Lauder guests will find a good range of eateries including the Flat Cat Gallery & Coffee shop or the Spotty Dog Deli. The Firebrick Bakery offer a delicious selection of breads, cakes and pastries. There's also a butchers shop and a small Co-op supermarket on the edge of the village. There is also the brilliant Black Bull restaurant which is just a short walk from the castle. 

There is a fine selection of eateries nearby, including Michelin-recommended Provender, which is located in Melrose and Hoebridge, which is located in Gattonside. 

Other Information

Their Ultimate Castle Experience has been created to deliver an unforgettable 3 night stay at Thirlestane, with the extra wow factor of a luxury dining experience in the castle’s state rooms.

Groups of up to 16 guests can enjoy the entire South Wing of accommodation, comprising of eight luxury bedrooms across 5 castle suites. Each room is tastefully decorated with antiques and artwork from the castle’s collection adding a touch of history and elegance. Guests will receive a complimentary tour of Thirlestane during their stay, luxury breakfast hampers and a delicious welcome pack full of Scottish treats.

Enjoy complimentary use of the Victorian Kitchen, featuring the original 19th century range and beautiful views across the Rose Garden - perfect for relaxed brunches and afternoon teas. Guests can also enjoy the Vaulted Cellar, complete with a wood burning stove and rustic bar - the ideal place to kick back and relax after an adventure-filled day.

The Ultimate Castle experience will also allow guests to enjoy a dining experience in the dramatic portrait-lined State Dining Room. Dine like an Earl or Countess within this breath-taking room which boasts intricate plasterwork ceilings and one of the largest collections of family portraits in the country.

Award-winning chefs will work with you to design your perfect three course menu. The dedicated Thirlestane team can further personalise your dining experience by organising a bagpiper to pipe you into dinner or pairing wine to compliment each course. A magnificent finale to your ultimate castle stay experience.

Country pursuits such as highland games, 4x4 experiences, fishing on the River Tweed or horse riding across the breathtaking Border moorland can also be arranged so that you can experience the very best that Scotland has to offer during your stay.

Get in touch with the Thirlestane Castle team directly to learn more about the Ultimate Castle Experience or Exclusive Use of the entire castle. 

Facilities & information


16th century buildings

Parking (free)

Child friendly

Dog/Pet friendly

5 Star Official Rating

Historic property


Free broadband access (wifi)

Electric Vehicle Charging

Activities, Recreations, Games, Sports

1-4 People Capacity

5-9 People Capacity

Award Winning

Conference & Meetings

Bathroom & Laundry

Woodland walks



Corporate bookings welcome

Kitchen Facilities

Parking Available

Linen included

Towels included

10+ People Capacity

Sitting room

Iron/ironing board

Central heating

Electric heating



Horse Riding, Equestrian

Shooting, Clay Shooting, Stalking

Other Activities (generally outdoor)

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)


Picnic area

Electric oven

Electric hob




Extra info

Nearest Airport: Edinburgh
Open Times: All year
Gas & Electric Included:
Star Rating: 5

Arrival information & directions

Address: Lauder, Berwickshire, LauderTD2 6RU, United Kingdom

Driving from Edinburgh:

Take the A68 south towards Jedburgh. Drive through the centre of Lauder and look out for the 30mph signs as you leave the town. Directly after these signs, take the first left onto the B6362 following the brown tourist signs for the castle. Approximately 200m further on you will see the castle’s Eagle Gates on the left. Turn into these gates and follow the drive to the front of the castle. Driving from the south:

Take the A68 north towards Edinburgh. Right before you reach the town of Lauder turn right onto the B6362 following the brown tourist signs for the castle. Approximately 200m further on you will see the castle’s Eagle Gates on the left. Turn into these gates and follow the drive to the front of the castle.

Access & Parking

The castle has security gates. Upon booking, guests will receive further instructions of how to check-in. There is free guest parking at the castle.


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