Every stay at Thirlestane is exactly how you imagined it. Upon request, our team can organise a range of unforgettable experiences for accommodation guests. From exhilarating outdoor activities and relaxing spa treatments, to curated private tours of the Scottish Borders – allow us to make your stay extra special.

Our activities and experiences are only available to group, South Wing bookings.



Saddle up with a Thirlestane riding experience. Gallop along the Scottish coastline or ride to the moors on horseback, whilst enjoying incredible views over the picturesque town of Lauder and Thirlestane Castle!

Subject to availability and advance booking essential.

Riding Experiences



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.



Thirlestane Castle rises proudly above the banks of the River Leader – a tributary of the River Tweed. Enjoy fishing for trout, salmon and grayling.

Subject to availability and advance booking essential.


Estate Activities

Create your own personalised programme of outdoor activities to enjoy during your stay. Explore the Lauderdale Estate and try your hand at Clay Pigeon Shooting, Highland Games, Archery and more.

Subject to availability and advance booking essential.



Enjoy a dinner to remember in one of our exciting dining spaces. Choose between our State Rooms, perfect for grand affairs, or the Vaulted Cellars and Victorian Kitchen, for more relaxed occasions. 

Beautiful spaces to entertain in

State Rooms

Marvel at the grandeur of our State Drawing and Dining Rooms. You’ll dine surrounded by the works of celebrated artists, under glittering chandeliers – these elegant spaces are truly for the most special of gatherings. Can accommodate up to 100 people.

Dine Alfresco

Alfresco dining has never looked so inviting. Choose to dine in the Rose Garden or on the Front Lawn and enjoy the dramatic backdrop of the castle as you eat. You can also dine elsewhere on the estate and relish your special occasion surrounded by nature. Can accommodate up to 1000 people.

Rustic Dining

The castle’s Victorian Kitchen and Vaulted Cellars are unique, atmospheric places to dine. Perfect for more relaxed gatherings, your guests will get to immerse themselves in some of Thirlestane Castle’s rich history, as they enjoy the festivities. Can accommodate up to 40 people.


What’s On

Each year we run an exciting programme of events including art exhibitions, children’s activity camps and open-air theatre shows, not to mention the much-loved annual BVAC Classic – The Festival of Motoring.

Here for the day

Enhance your stay

The following enhancements can be added when booking your accommodation