Ayton Castle is an important Scottish baronial mansion to the east of Ayton in the Scottish Borders. The present castle dates largely from the 19th century. The castle is protected as a category A listed building and the grounds are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant parks and gardens.

Ayton Castle is not open to the public, although it is open on certain days each year. Please check our Visiting Ayton Castle page for further details. 

Local people are permitted to walk up the South Drive to the cattle grid when the gates of the Gatehouse are open. Along the drive, one may enjoy pleasant views of the Eye Water, the Spring bulbs, and some magnificent parkland trees. Please note that dogs must be well behaved and that there is no car parking.

Find Us
Find us

There are regular buses to Ayton from Berwick upon Tweed, the closest train station is also Berwick upon Tweed.
It is also a short drive in a Taxi from the train station.


Parking available on-site during events and open days.


Gary 07553 831535

  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes

A word from the owner

In 1873, Mark Twain visited the Castle and insisted on buying the Dining Room fire place; it is now located at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Harford, Connecticut.

Things to See


St Abbs Well Trail

Upcoming events

21 Dec 2019

Ayton Castle Christmas Open Day

Please join us for the last open day of the year. Guided tours around the Castle are available to admire the Christmas decorations and also visit the newly-created formal garden (weather dependent).

Our Tea Room will be open all day serving tea, coffee and cakes including our delicious Christmas Cake.

The riverside walk will also be open and for the children we are pleased to announce the added attraction of a geocache on the walk as well as a number of feathered friends to be spotted. Please come back to the tearoom to collect a prize – if you have found them all!

Please visit our website to book tickets. 


Ayton Castle welcomes wedding enquiries.


  • Suppliers list
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Guest parking

'We would just like to thank you guys again for all your help organising our wedding. It was truly an amazing venue & day' RE 10/18


We have up to 15 bedrooms available, all decorated in an individualistic manner. They are on the first floor and in the two towers. There is no lift and very few bedrooms are en suite, although bathrooms are nearby.