Thirlestane Estate is a castle to be explored, grounds to get lost in, 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.

Castle and Grounds open for tours from 31st May-September (booking recommended). Group tours available all year round on request.


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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We took the house tour today. It was a smallish party, maybe 15-20 people all pre-booked, expertly and charmingly taken round by our two guides. There were no other visitors or guides in the room so it was a very friendly, informative and intimate experience.
The tour finished with tea/coffee and biscuits in the cafe with our guides.
A great contrast to the occasional slightly haughty atmosphere in some visits to stately piles.
davek, 🇬🇧 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

Second time we’ve stayed at Thirlestane in one of the apartments, absolute top notch for cleanliness, service and location, the fixtures and fittings are all top quality and just like new, the staff are polite and helpful, the owner Edward is a lovely chap and is very welcoming, so that’s twice cant wait for my 3rd stay

Frank T, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom


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.

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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 Sir Jackie Stewart Classic Presented By Rolex.

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