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Discover the Magic of Thirlestane Castle

Thirlestane, one of the oldest and finest castles in Scotland, is set in lovely Borders countryside 28 miles south of Edinburgh and 68 miles north of Newcastle.

Located in the Scottish Borders at Lauder, Thirlestane Castle was originally built as a defensive fort in the 13th century. It was rebuilt as the Maitland family home in 1590 and greatly enhanced by the Duke of Lauderdale in the 1670s. In 1840, it was extended and refurbished with the addition of two new wings.

The Maitlands are a famous Scottish family who first came to Britain from France with William the Conqueror. As the seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale, the Castle has at times held a central role in the history of Scotland. Now in the care of a Charitable Trust, Thirlestane has been carefully restored to its former splendour.

There is much much more to see at Thirlestane than in many historic homes, so allow plenty of time for your visit.

Facilities include:

  • Free parking for castle visitors
  • Castle Tours
  • Woodland Walks
  • Woodland Picnic Tables
  • Adventure Playground
  • Tea Room
  • Gift Shop


For more information visit: www.thirlestanecastle.co.uk, or follow us on Facebook.