History, Mystery and Discovery while exploring the far-reaching lands of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers, join us for an enthralling 500 years of Clan Armstrong History at Gilnockie Tower Reiver Centre.
Gilnockie Tower is a stunning example of a 16th century Scottish pele tower. Built some 500 years ago, it was home to Johnnie Armstrong of Gilnockie, a notorious Border Reiver. In 1530 this powerful chieftain was hanged by a Scottish king, his story romanticised by Walter Scott.
Gilnockie Tower has five floors, including a vaulted chamber, banqueting hall and spiral staircase. The entrance stone is thought to be two thousand years old. Once a roofless ruin, the tower has been completely refurbished and is open as a clan and visitor attraction. The Clan Armstrong Centre houses reiving artefacts and the world’s largest collection of Armstrong archives.
Many times recognised by historians, students and visitors alike as the Gilnockie Tower or Johnnie Armstrong's Tower it is believed to have been built around the period circa 1490-1520 and is known as rubble built, carved stone, Medieval Period Scots Tower House.
Gilnockie Tower is also a marriage venue, a 16th century setting where your special day take place. A simply striking rural location on the edge of the River Esk two miles north of Scots Dyke. Your ceremony can be arranged inside or outside the 500 year old tower, all supported by locally sourced victuals and an exceptional service.’
Gilnockie Tower is open all year round.
Our hours are 11.00am until 3.00pm 7 days a week.
Relevant hygiene and social distancing remains in place to protect customers and staff.
Last tour 30 minutes before advertised closing time.
Personalised guided tours of the tower are not available at the moment.
If possible please book through our phone number 013873 71373.
Cafe not open for the moment.
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
For groups of eight or more we will reimburse the lowest cost ticket in the group.