Spend a day discovering this magnificent Castle, revel in the exceptional guided tour, join a special event and explore its extensive grounds.

Every visit is unique, and every moment is as memorable as the last – come and be a part of the history.

The Castle is open for Guided Tours on specific dates from May-September.
Group tours are available year round on request.


Guided Tour

Dating back to the 16th century, Thirlestane Castle is one of the oldest and finest inhabited castles in Scotland. Discover some of the finest decorative plasterwork ceilings in Europe, as well one of the most extensive family collections of portraits and busts in Scotland.

Small groups of guests are taken on a journey by our experienced guides who share their vast knowledge in an engaging and entertaining style. Guests can enjoy a complimentary hot refreshment and a Scottish treat to complete the memorable experience. 

The Castle is open for Guided Tours on specific dates from May-September.

Occasionally we have to close the Castle for private events, these dates can be found by clicking here.


Afternoon Tea & Tour

The Afternoon Tea & Tour events are back by popular demand following several sold out dates last year. The perfect way to spend a day discovering fascinating tales from the Castle’s 400 year history, followed by a selection of decadent savoury and sweet treats served in the Victorian Kitchen.

Available on limited dates. Pre-booking is essential.


Specialist Tours

We are excited to launch a brand new series of Specialist Tours. Delve a little deeper into topics including Art & Architecture, Military Connections and the Maitland Family, led by our expert guides and Edward Maitland-Carew. Guests can also choose to enjoy a light lunch in the Victorian Kitchen, in addition to the tour.

Available on limited dates. Pre-booking is essential.

Guided Tours

Don’t just take our word for it. Read our reviews on TripAdvisor by clicking the button below:

We enjoyed an excellent guided tour of this splendid castle today. I thought it was excellent value, lasting an hour and a half and concluding with tea/coffee and a biscuit. Our guide was knowledgeable and we learned a lot about the family and the house itself. He also had an streak of humour which was much appreciated.

Iain B, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom

In an area of Scotland with several magnificent houses and castles, Thirlestane matches the best of them for interest and history. Owned by the same family since it was built, our guide explained the various phases of the castle’s life up to the present day. Our tour lasted one and a half hours and concluded with tea and teacake. An excellent day out in a very special place.

Alan S, United Kingdom

The best guided tour I have ever been on. The guide knew everything. She was friendly and welcoming and interested in the job and the surroundings. The castle was amazing. I have passed this castle for over 50 years and this was the first time I have gone in. The cost was well worth the money and you even got a cup of tea and a cake after the trip round.

Bertie Bassett, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom


Beautiful Grounds

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.

Protect the Legacy

The Castle is owned by a charitable trust who care for and secure the long-term future of the Castle, grounds and its collections. Every penny from donations, events and visitor income goes directly into helping to preserve this wonderful building and its unique history and heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations – Thank You!

If you would like to give a donation or learn more about becoming a Patron of Thirlestane Castle Trust, click the button below to visit our Support page.


Group Tours

Allow our experienced guides to lead you around the castle, as they impart their wisdom of the building’s unique history and esteemed collections. Each tour is bespoke and can be tailored to include dining, activities & experiences.


Unmissable Events

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.

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