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“Fascinating and of historical importance to Scotland”
Review of Thirlestane Castle

Thirlestane Castle
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Lauder
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A unique 16th century turreted castle in the Scottish Borders offering castle tours and use of the grounds and children's play area. Thirlestane Castle is now closed for the winter season. Our open dates for 2018 are Sunday - Thursday from 30 April - 30 September from 10am to 4pm. Thirlestane can also be used for weddings and events, along with holiday lets through use of the castle's luxury Lauderdale Apartment.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase
Reviewed 14 September 2017

From driving up to the imposing front view of this magnificent castle I wanted to explore and know more about its history. We were immediately impressed by the volunteer guides and their passion for this place. Most seemed to have been loyal to the Castle for many years. They were eager to share it's fascinating history; about the Lauder family itself who have lived and belonged here since the 16thC.
The Castle is undergoing renovation a great deal of which has been completed and is open again to the public. We were taken with the magnificent state rooms, particularly the ornate ceilings, these originally dated back to the time when the Castle was known as a palace . Throughout its history it has entertained royalty even dating back to the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
It's a Castle where you can explore and take your time to soak up this ancestry and history. There are guides throughout who stand quietly back until asked for information but are eager to 'tell all'.
The tea room serves generous sized snacks including homemade soups, and cakes.
For our four legged companions there was a walk through the woods winding its way down to the riverside with fantastic views across open countryside.
Thirlestane is well worth a visit and in doing so you will help to preserve this beautiful house for many more generations to come.

Thank Val S
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Rhona J, Marketing Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

Thank you for your lovely words about Thirlestane Castle and for taking the time to leave a review. I will pass on your compliments to our guides, most of whom are volunteers. We are pleased you found plenty to see and do during your visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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Reviewed 13 September 2017

Lovely , Wonderful. ... feeling.....Grounds are beautiful... Home is warm and comfortable..... is a very picturesque fantasy looking Scottish castle packed with history. It is excellently furnished The Ancestral home of the Earls of Lauderdale. and Maitlands.... well worth a visit if you're in the area.... Thirlestane Castle is just a short drive from Edinburgh. the guides are knowledgeable and entertaining.

Thank Katarinasea
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Rhona J, Marketing Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

Thank you for leaving us such a lovely review. We are glad you find the castle inspiring too. We hope to welcome you back soon.

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

Thirlestane Castle is just a short drive from Edinburgh. They very kindly opened specially for my small group of American visitors who had associatons with the Maitland Family.They were normally closed on this specific day,but we had a very warm welcome from Edward, the owner of the castle and Rhona and Jean took my visitors around the interior.There are a number of furnished rooms to see and the guides are knowledgeable and entertaining. Well worth a visit, there is a tea room serving delicious home baking and a well stocked gift shop too.

Thank blackfaceewe
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Rhona J, Marketing Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Thank you for your very kind review. It was a pleasure to show your guests around and we are very happy to do private tours such as this by prior arrangement. We hope to welcome you back again soon.

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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Went to thirlestane castle for the weekend beautiful gardens and castle with great walks 5mins from the town of lauder we took our motor home and stayed in there caravan park clean showers and toilets well recommended nice and quiet also dont drive past it good value for money

Thank tevia406
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Rhona J, Marketing Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Thank you for your very kind comments about both the castle and the caravan park. We hope to welcome you again soon.

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Reviewed 24 August 2017

This is a very picturesque Scottish castle packed with history.
Ancestral home of the Earls of Lauderdale. Inexpensive and
well worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Rhona J, Marketing Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

Thank you very much for your lovely review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit.

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