Located 40 minutes south of Edinburgh in the Scottish Borders, Thirlestane Castle is situated on the edge of the small market town of Lauder.
Stay within the South Wing of the castle in one of five uniquely decorated castle apartments.
What makes a stay at Thirlestane Castle unique?
Each apartment is finished to a 5-star standard with exceptional views of the parkland and estate. The rooms have high ceilings and are decorated in a classic and luxurious style with portraits and furniture from the castle collections. All bedrooms are ensuite and offer comfortable king or super king-sized beds, with some that can be twinned. The apartments have a well-equipped kitchen with own living/dining space.
Choose from a menu of guest experiences including food and cocktail deliveries, private guided tours, Afternoon Tea in the Victorian Kitchen, spa treatments and outdoor activities.
What is the capacity for Thirlestane Castle?
The castle accommodation offers a mixture of one, two and three bedroom self-contained apartments which can be booked either individually or by a group of up to sixteen people.
What can guests enjoy when staying in the Lauder area?
One of the best ways to explore the town and learn about local history is to explore the Lauder Town Trail. This fascinating town trail is approximately 2 km (1.25 miles) long and takes about one hour to complete.
One of the town’s most popular summer festivals is the Lauder Common Riding. Held on the first Saturday in August, highlight events include the Annual Election of the Cornet, the Kirking of the Cornet, and the ‘Night afore the Morn’ Concert.
Soutra Isle is the remains of the House of the Holy Trinity one of the most important institutions in medieval Scotland. Founded in 1160 AD, this complex comprised of a church, hospital and Friary.
The area is a popular choice with walkers as the Southern Upland Way long distance routes passes by the town, and takes in part of the castle grounds.
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.
For eating out, the Firebrick Brasserie has a fantastic reputation and a favourite eateries the Maitland family. Alternatively try the Black Bull Hotel, the Lauderdale Hotel or nearby Carfraemill Hotel.