Thirlestane Castle

Spectacular Borders house with magnificent interiors set in a meadow landscape.

Lauder, Berwickshire, TD2 6RU

Thirlestane Castle in Berwickshire, Scotland

Experience this house


  • 100+
Venue Types
  • House rooms
  • Marquee space
  • Outdoor / garden
  • Unusual venue
  • Accessible parking
  • Bridal suite
  • Guest parking
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Suppliers list
  • Wedding planner
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  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible parking
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Location & setting

Thirlestane Caste is nestled in the breathtaking Scottish Borders, just 40-minutes south of Edinburgh. It’s one of the oldest and finest inhabited castles in Scotland, where royalty and distinguished guests have been entertained since the 16th century.

Thirlestane sits in the heart of the Lauderdale Estate, surrounded by mature woodland and the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders.

For the ultimate experience, enjoy Thirlestane Castle exclusively for several days with additional activities and delicious dining options to create a once in a lifetime unforgettable memory.

The Castle’s pink sandstone turrets, dramatically decorated rooms, rustic spaces, and peaceful outdoor locations, make Thirlestane the perfect setting for your authentic castle wedding.

Only a small number of couples get the privilege to say “I do” at Thirlestane each year, allowing our team to get to know exactly what your dream day entails and creating bespoke celebrations every single time.

Packages and capacity

Whether it be a three-day extravaganza with activities and experiences or an intimate low-key elopement, Thirlestane Castle is a memorable wedding destination.

Thirlestane offers a range of wedding packages for you to choose from, including:
• Exclusive Use (up to 100 people)
• Bespoke (2 – 1000+)
• Ceremony & Drinks Reception (up to 100 people)
• Elopements

Spaces & Accommodation

The castle’s dramatically decorated State Rooms, rustic Vaulted Cellar and unique outdoor spaces including the Cobbled Courtyard, former Rose Garden and The Terrace, allow you to stage your celebration in a variety of ways. From the grand and experiential, to the intimate and elegant, let your vision come to life at Thirlestane…

Stay in our uniquely designed castle suites, which sleep a total of 16 people. Each suite is tastefully decorated to a 5-star standard, with antiques and artwork from the castle’s collection adding a touch of history and elegance.

In addition, guests can stay amongst nature in our Sustainable Woodland Lodges which are set in the tranquil woodlands surrounding Thirlestane Castle. Run on renewable energy, they each feature their own hot tub and can be booked out exclusively, to accommodate up to 20 guests.

We can also provide details of local accommodation for additional guests.


You’ll receive access to our extensive list of award-wining suppliers. These are the best-of-the-best caterers, musicians, florists, wedding cake makers, photographers, car suppliers – you name it, we’ll have a contact – that will help bring your special day to life.

We provide a range of furniture and props to enhance your day including, 100 wooden chairs, easle, PA system, use of piano in drawing room, festoon lighting, fire pits, lawn games and hurricane vases with pillar candles.

There are a range of ways to personalise your wedding and add that WOW factor.
From extending your stay, to helicopter landing facilities and pyrotechnic displays, the possibilities are endless. We understand that not every couple likes to be hands on with the details, we can connect you with a full-service wedding planner.

Thirlestane Castle’s experienced wedding co-ordinator will support you to turn your wedding dreams into a reality. Contact them today for more information on packages and our spaces.

for the latest information.
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible parking
Does our information need updating?
Let us know here

Telfer/Green Wedding, July 2021

We would just like to say thank you to you and the staff at the castle for making Saturday such a special day for our family, everyone was extremely friendly and courteous. It is a stunning setting, and the weather was great.

Goodfellow Wedding, July 2022

We loved that Thirlestane was a more personal experience. We got the feeling at a lot of the other venues that it was more of a 'wedding factory' where every few days they were pumping out weddings. We liked that Thirlestane didn't have a wedding every weekend, and that we could really personalize our day rather than choosing this or that from a list. We also loved the accommodation at the castle, and the experience we'd have of having our close friends/family at the apartments to celebrate over a few days rather than rushing in and out in one night. It really felt from the beginning like nothing was too much trouble, and that continued on to the week itself. Everyone spoke so highly of the venue and the event, and that's in no small part due to the team at Thirlestane who pulled it all together. We're honestly so grateful at the care and effort that was put into our day- we had the best time and hope to come back for a visit!

Murray / Smyth Wedding, September 2022

Thirlestane checked all of the boxes for what we wanted on our wedding day. During the planning and wedding day, we felt like Monica excelled at partnering with us and our wedding planner to ensure all of our wedding vendors knew how the two days would go and where things would be located logistics wise. we were blown away by the hospitality provided by Evelyn, Martin, and the rest of the Thirlestane team. From Evelyn giving us and Kayla's parents a tour of the castle the week before the wedding, to the team greeting us upon arrival and departure to help with our many heavy bags, to Martin & team moving around furniture / ensuring the property was clean & tidy, to the wonderful tours provided to the wedding party the day of the welcome party, everything was spectacular service. Staying at the castle felt like a luxury experience and we will never forget it.