This 16th Century castle, complete with ballroom, stables, courtyard and vaulted cellars is a readymade filming location, near Edinburgh in the Scottish Borders. The castle is full of character, featuring grand interiors and beautiful grounds, juxtaposed against more rustic settings.

Cast and crew can stay in the castle’s luxury accommodation, throughout the duration of filming. Upon request, we can offer full exclusive use of your chosen filming locations on the Thirlestane Estate, with full privacy and discretion applied.



The Thirlestane Estate is a wonderfully unique setting for photoshoots, with a diverse selection of grand and rustic back drops to choose from. Here, you’ll find the perfect location for every shot, all in one place.



We have the location and the capacity to host both large and small-scale filming projects. The Castle and its grounds can be used for as long as is required, as cast and crew can stay onsite in our luxury castle accommodation. 


Props/ Extras

If you need authentic props to bring your scene to life, items from the castle’s collections are available to use, including original kitchen items and irons from the castle laundries.

Cast & Crew Facilities


Host your cast and crew onsite by hiring the castle’s five apartments, for the duration of filming. (Sleeps up to 16 people).


Our private dining spaces, including our rustic Victorian Kitchen are available to enjoy during your stay.

Onsite Parking

Our forecourt has ample space for parking, temporary unit bases and actor trailers.

Our Locations

Past Filming at Thirlestane

BBC Children in Need filming at Thirlestane

Thirlestane Castle was the starting point for the last stage of the BBC Children In Need Great Rickshaw Challenge.

Thirlestane in the Press

This feature looks back over the years at Thirlestane’s highlights in the press.

Contact our media team today for more information