Fascinating, Lively, Entertaining

The friendly and flexible team at Thirlestane prides itself on a warm welcome to group tours. We'll do our utmost to tailor tours to suit any group and requirements. The local, experienced and entertaining guides have a wealth of knowledge about the Castle and really bring the fascinating history to life. Allow an hour and a half to take in the ambience and learn the importance of one of the oldest and finest castles in the country. 

We also welcome group tours, by prior arrangement, when the Castle is closed. So whatever the season, we look forward to seeing you. Contact us on enquiries@thirlestanecastle.co.uk or give us a call on +44 1578 722430 for more information.

Thirlestane is fantastically located at the gateway to the Highlands and Edinburgh. It is a stone's throw from the pretty town of Lauder, known for its stylish shops and art gallery. It is also surrounded by other fascinating properties in this exquisite part of southern Scotland.

The castle offers:

  • a number of catering options which include the cosy tea room, or fine dining in the State Dining Room
  • beautiful grounds for walks
  • easy access and parking for coaches
  • free entrance and refreshments for the coach driver
  • specialist tours
  • refreshments in the Tea Room for coach parties without entry to the castle (please pre-book)
  • catering in the Tea Room out-with the opening times for a minimum of 20 people

Case Study 1
A day out for the partners of delegates attending an international conference.
60 guests
Private tour
Pre-lunch drinks in the State Drawing Room
Fine dining lunch menu in State Dining Room
Lunch £50.00 per person

Note: if you would like to entertain in the state reception rooms, please contact us to discuss the facility fee

Case Study 2
Bus tour for members of an archaeological society. This group had a specific interest in art and Scottish history.
40 guests
One and a half hour tour of castle with two guides
High tea in the castle Tea Room
Group tour of castle £6.50 per person
High tea £15.00 per person

Case Study 3
40 guests
Part of an itinerised larger tour of properties in the Scottish Borders.
Group tour of castle £6.50 per person
Coffee or tea with homemade traybakes £4.00 per person