Duns Castle, named Venue of the Year at the 2017 Scottish Event Awards, is an idyllic, exclusive-use venue for weddings, film shoots, holidays, meetings and events.
Located just one hour south-east of Edinburgh, the stunning 1200-acre estate boasts its own nature reserve complemented by extensive lawns, forest trails, historical sites and bespoke activities. The castle dates from 1320 and has been the home of the Hay family since 1696. The property sleeps up to 55 among its 12 unique bedrooms and its 6 holiday cottages and can seat 60 for dinner. An enchanting paradise for wedding couples and their photographers, it is hardly surprising that Duns Castle recently starred in a global marketing campaign linked to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Duns Castle is also hugely symbolic as a choice of wedding venue, for the Scottish Covenanter forces amassed here in 1639 to successfully defend Scotland’s freedom of worship.
Duns Castle Estate is located on the edge of the charming market town of Duns, approximately 1 hour south-east of Edinburgh, 20 minutes west of Berwick-Upon-Tweed (Train 3.5 hours to London KingsCross) and within easy reach of Edinburgh, Newcastle and Glasgow airports.
Nearest train Station (20mins): Berwick-Upon-Tweed (1 hour from Edinburgh Waverley and 3.5 hours from London Kings Cross). N°
34 Bus from Berwick (1 hour journey) approximately every 2 hours (daytime).
- Offers bike storage
Car park on site
Bob's Cabs 07881 613849
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Accessible parking
Duns Castle is idyllic for dream weddings, whether intimate or grand. Our 1200-acre private estate is truly breathtaking with stunning backdrops and vistas to intrigue guests and inspire remarkable wedding photography. The warm, homely and timeless atmosphere is complemented by an experienced team, award-winning caterers, bespoke activities and onsite accommodation for over 50 guests. We also offer a choice of indoor and open-air ceremonies and even the chance to plant a personalised tree to mark the occasion.
Duns Castle Estate can accommodate up to 54 guests in 29 rooms - 23 guests in 12 rooms in the castle and 33 in 18 rooms among the 7 holiday cottages.
Guests at Duns Castle have the choice between fully catered, semi-catered or self-catered, and in each case can enjoy the castle on an exclusive-use basis. This includes 12 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 13 toilets, entrance hall, Main Hall, 2 reception rooms, 2 function rooms, fully equipped kitchen and Billiards room. The Main Hall is breath-taking with its grand staircase, stone floor with rugs, beautiful stalactite ceiling, arched features and minstrel gallery, and is often used as a reception area. The Dining Room (seating up to 60) is equally stunning with a grand oak table (seating up to 34), a large fireplace with intricate carvings, an ornate ceiling and 8-foot thick walls (the original part of the castle) with wood panelling. The Drawing Room is spacious and comfortably decorated with wood burner, grand piano and bow window overlooking the gardens and nature reserve to the North. The bedrooms are comfortably furnished, some with four-poster beds and amazing views onto the property. Every booking includes free parking, central heating, log fires and supply of logs, bed linen, towels, Freeview television, electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridgefreezer and washing machine. Cots and highchairs are available by request.
Additional guest space is also available in our six cottages on the estate and within easy walking distance of the castle. Ideal for couples, families, larger groups, walkers, birdwatchers, fishermen and golfers, these timeless holiday cottages offer exclusive private getaways with a peaceful lake, forest trails and stunning surroundings. This unique accommodation is available all year round as part of a castle package or individually on a self-catering basis.
Duns Castle is an amazing venue for organisations seeking somewhere accessible, affordable, peaceful, prestigious and unostentatious for their top management seminars, residential retreats and corporate away-days. Stunning architecture, comfort, open spaces, award-winning caterers, in-house service and onsite accommodation all combine to make Duns Castle Estate a clear choice.
Recently recognised as “Venue of the Year” and “Customer Experience of the Year” at the 2017 Scottish Event Awards and also
“Tourism and Hospitality Business of the Year” at the 2017 Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards, Duns Castle has raised
its profile considerably to meet the expectations of a discerning clientele. Whatever your event Duns Castle prides itself on making each stay unique with bespoke activities and timings to suit your preferences. We can also recommend numerous service providers from corporate events agencies to professional photographers and from local transport companies to audio-visual specialists.
Duns castle can offer educational visits, these are usually bespoke and by appointment only. Some visits are residential and the castle regularly hosts residential visits from international academia.