Country Pursuits

Enjoy some of the best shooting in Scotland. Thirlestane is a stunning setting and an ideal base to enjoy a range of country pursuits. The estate has extensive areas of moorland and woodland and offers grouse, pheasant and partridge shooting, as well as roe deer stalking.

Subject to availability and advance booking essential.



Lauderdale Estate farms in the land around Thirlestane Castle in the Leader valley and onto the uplands on the edge of the Lammermuirs. A proportion of the land is tenanted and farmed as a mixed livestock and arable whilst the remainder is farmed in-hand and managed as traditional grass parklands and moorland for livestock production.



Lauderdale Estate woodlands have been carefully managed over generations to balance the requirements of the environment, habitat, landscape and commercial production.

“Enchanting Thirlestane Castle provides the perfect setting for Scotland’s iconic Glorious Twelfth.”

– The Field Magazine



The built heritage on the estate is a vital part of the estates core income and purpose. Managing the property sensitively to provide modern and varied accommodation whilst looking after the heritage is the primary objective.


Castle Walks

The Estate and Grounds will be open to the public from May 2024. Come and enjoy some beautiful walking routes, offering incredible views of the surrounding area and glimpses of local wildlife.


Release your inner warrior

Unleash your wild side and learn how to survive in nature by creating your own personalised programme of outdoor activities. Pursuits including Tree Climbing, Survival Skills and Tomahawks.

Subject to availability and advance booking essential.

Sustainability at Thirlestane

Our Environment

The effect our business has on the environment is at the heart of our decision-making process when considering all aspects of looking after the estate. Understanding how we impact what measures can be taken to mitigate the effect or to make positive contributions is a vital part of our long-term planning.


Woodland Lodges

Thirlestane Woodland Lodges are set in the beautiful mature woodland of the Lauderdale Estate. Complete with a hot tub, private deck, open plan kitchen/living space and beautiful bedrooms, they are perfect for family holidays, a gathering of friends or castle wedding guests.


Caravan Park

Thirlestane Castle Caravan Park is a 4-star park within the estate of Thirlestane Castle. It’s the perfect base for holiday homeowners, tourers and campers to explore the many attractions of the Scottish Borders.

Stories from the estate

Wild Outdoor Activity Camps 2023

A wild experience that lasts a lifetime! Let your children create lasting memories on an Activity Camp in the grounds of Thirlestane Castle.

Designed for youngsters aged 6-12, they get to enjoy a range of different activities.

Back In the Saddle – The 2023 Riding Holidays are Here

Join us for this Following the roaring success of our riding holidays in 2021 and 2022, we are delighted to launch the 2023 dates! We can’t wait to welcome you to Thirlestane Castle to discover the beautiful Scottish Borders by horseback.

Outdoor Theatre Productions

Join us for Sense and Sensibility on the 23rd July and The Secret Garden on the 11th August, and step back into time and emerce yourself into stories of love, friendship and a little bit of magic!