Experiences

At Thirlestane Castle, we want to make your stay as personal and memorable as possible as you enjoy your time in the Scottish Borders. To compliment your stay, we offer a range of experiences to make your time with us even more memorable.

The following options are available to all guests who book a stay at Thirlestane Castle. These can be included in your initial booking or added at a later date:

Guided Tour with a Member of the Maitland Family
Hear what it was like to grow up at the castle from Edward Maitland-Carew as he takes you around the family home he still lives in. Learn about his forebears and their links to Scottish and UK History as you tour the historic building. (Subject to availability)


 

Spa Packages
Why not turn your stay into a spa break with one of our 'Spa-to-You' packages. Our therapist will come to your apartment and spend at least two hours pampering you with your choice of treatments.

 

 

Food Hampers
Let us do the shopping for you before you get to the castle. We have a range of delicious food hampers to make your stay even easier. The produce is all sourced from local suppliers and will be waiting in your apartment for when you arrive. Options include a breakfast hamper or fruit and vegetable basket.


 

Bouquet of Flowers
If you are celebrating while staying then we can arrange for a beautiful bouquet of flowers to be waiting for you. Our displays use locally sourced blooms, each is unique and handmade especially for you.

 

 

Private Chef/Catering
Our award-winning caterers will work with you to provide perfect menu. Our chefs can either cook for you in your apartment, serve you in the Victorian Kitchen or, for a real show-stopper, help you create a 3-course dinner in the castle’s portrait-lined State Dining Room.


 

Bagpiper
Enjoy a traditional Scottish welcome and have your guests greeted by a bagpiper as they arrive. Our piper is also available for dinners or other special occasions.

 

 

Whisky Tasting
Our whisky expert will take you through a selection of regional whiskies, letting you explore the differences with each and giving you the opportunity to learn about the production of Scotland’s favourite tipple.

 

 

Exclusive Tour of the Borders
We can arrange tailored and unique chauffeur driven experiences through the Scottish Borders. This could include options such as mill tours, behind-the-scenes visits and shopping. These experiences can be anything from a full-day tour to just a few hours.


 

Outdoor Activities
We can arrange a number of different activities in the grounds of the castle including a falconry display, archery, laser or clay shooting and axe-throwing. Our activity providers can design a programme to keep you and your guests entertained during their stay. (Groups Only)

 

If you are interested in adding any of these to your accommodation booking then contact us for more information by emailing enquiries@thirlestanecastle.co.uk or by calling 01578 722430.

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