Thirlestane Estate is a castle to be explored, grounds to get lost in, afternoon tea to savour, country pursuits to get stuck into, luxury accommodation to experience and so much more. Every visit is unique, and every moment is as memorable as the last – come and be a part of the history.


The Castle

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.

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Guided Tours

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Highly recommend this place to visit for a tour and to stay in one of their excellent apartments. The guided tour of the Castle was excellent. Lots of interesting information and artefacts to see. The accommodation was absolutely lovely. The staff were friendly and helpful including photo copying maps of the local walks.
Lauder within walking distance where good shops and cafes restaurants etc. All COVID compliant.

Anne, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom

From first email contact with the wonderful Jacqueline to our welcome on arrival by Colin, and fabulous tour of the Castle with Eugene, the whole experience was fantastic.

The Lauderdale self-catering apartment is beautifully decorated with gorgeous furnishings. It was immaculate on arrival and our pre-ordered extras were delicious.

A lovely view across the parkland was made even more special when we saw a family of deer having an early morning stroll on our last day.

Tania, 🇺🇸 USA

There are many restrictions due to Covid at the moment but if you are able to get away then do try a stay at the apartments at the castle. There are measures in place that make you feel safe without forfeiting the experience you will get staying in such a lovely place full of history. Also, this is one of the most dog-friendly places we have stayed in with area around the castle and beyond to walks.

Daisy, 🇨🇦 Canada


Beautiful Grounds

A visit to the estate is an opportunity to enjoy some beautiful walking routes, offering incredible views of the surrounding area and glimpses of local wildlife. The Southern Upland Way also crosses through the Thirlestane Estate.

Grounds Passes available May – September.

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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, event 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!

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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.

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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 BVAC Classic Festival of Motoring.

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