One of the seven ‘Great Houses of Scotland’, Thirlestane Castle boasts a beautiful fairytale like exterior and dates as far back as the 13th century.
Please note that Thirlestane Castle will not be open to visitors in 2013 owing to remedial works. The grounds will be open as usual, for which parking charges will apply.
Thirlestane Castle is the ancient seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale, and today it continues to be the Maitland family home. Famous for its unrivalled 17th century plasterwork ceilings, the castle has fine furnishings, pictures, Maitland family treasures, historic toys and a country life exhibition.
Explore the Entrance Hall, with a collection of weapons dating from 1745, and the Duke’s Grand Bed Chamber, one of the most impressive rooms in the castle.
In the Dining Room you will find a large collection of family portraits, and the kids will love the old family nurseries which are home to many Edwardian, Victorian and Georgian toys.
Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed at the castle in 1745, after the victory at the Battle of Prestonpans, and you can admire the room he stayed in for yourself.
Facilities include free parking for castle visitors, a woodland walk and a gift shop. Coffees, light lunches and teas are served in the Old Servants Hall.