Private Dining

Thirlestane has many exciting dining options for your event – from grand State Rooms for a more formal experience to underground vaulted cellars and original kitchens for something more relaxed. 

With a series of recently refurbished spaces we can also offer some unique areas for drinks receptions and after dinner entertainment.

We work with the finest caterers from Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders to make sure your event leaves a lasting impression on your guests.


For the grandest of occasions, the State Drawing Room offers opulent surroundings. The breath-taking 17th century ceilings are by the same craftsman as the ones in the Palace of Holyroodhouse.




Lined with portraits of the Maitland family, the State Drawing Room is perhaps the most formal setting at the castle. Banquet like the former inhabitants around a table laden with silverware as their portraits surround you.




For a more rustic, contemporary event, our newly refurbished Old Kitchen offers a less formal but equally memorable venue for your meal. The original Victorian range will provide a talking point for your guests while they eat.





Our Cobbled Courtyard is the perfect alfresco dining space on a summer's evening. If you don't trust the weather we can add a transparent marquee to create a unique conservatory space





If you are looking for an atmospheric space for dinner then we can offer our Vaulted Cellars. The former coal storage for the castle is now a unusual space with an original cobbled floor and vaulted ceiling.





The Old Servant's Hall is used by visitors to the castle on open days but can be hired for exclusive use at other times if you are looking for a more cosy setting.




Please contacts us at or ring us on +44 1578 722430 to discuss your ideas.

You can also download our Events Brochure to see more of what we can offer.

Events Brochure

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BVAC Classic - Festival of Motoring

BVAC Classic - Festival of Motoring

Sunday 3rd June 2018 - 11am

Join us for the BVAC Classic - Festival of Motoring with over 1,000 vintage vehicles on display. A great family day out with a Craft and Gift Fair and displays during the day.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Open-Air Theatre

A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Open-Air Theatre

Sunday 1st July 2018 - 6pm

Chapterhouse Theatre Company are returning to Thirlestane for another open-air performance. Join us for as they present Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy.

Civil War Re-Enactment Weekend

Civil War Re-Enactment Weekend

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th July 2018

The oldest re-enactment society, the Sealed Knot, is coming back to Thirlestane Castle to once more bring to life the history of Scotland's involvement in the Civil Wars.

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Our Events Team are here to help

Whether it’s for a special occasion, a charity auction, a sporting event, wedding, car rally, music festival, whatever the event may be, Thirlestane Castle is the perfect venue. Our events team will bend over backwards for you.