One of the oldest and finest inhabited castles in Scotland
Thirlestane Castle nestles in the hills of the beautiful Scottish Borders just 35 minutes south of Edinburgh in the charming town of Lauder.
The castle was originally a great stone keep but over the years became a grand ducal palace and then a grand country mansion. It is the ancient seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale, and today it continues to be the Maitland family home.
There are so many fascinating things to see in this splendid building. Exquisite 17th century plasterwork ceilings, fine furnishings, pictures and Maitland family treasures.
Explore the Entrance Hall, with a collection of weapons dating from 1745, and the Duke’s Grand Bedchamber, one of the most impressive rooms in the castle.
In the State Dining Room you will find one of the largest collections of family portraits in the country.
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.
The Toy Museum 'School Room' will open for its first full year in 2022. Featuring an impressive collection of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian toys, it offers a fun and fascinating insight into toys throughout the ages.
Guided tours of the castle led by expert local guides are also available from 31st May-September (booking recommended), Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00am - 3:30pm. All guests will be invited to enjoy a complimentary cup of tea and a treat with their guide once the tour is complete.
If you would like to spend longer in the local area then the castle has five luxury apartments that can either be taken individually or as a group for up to sixteen people.
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