Lauder TD2 6RU
45.6 mi (1 hour 4 mins) from Rosyth
41.7 mi (56 mins) from South Queensferry
27.8 mi (47 mins) from Leith
28.3 mi (50 mins) from Newhaven
87.7 mi (1 hour 49 mins) from Dundee
Thirlestane Castle nestles in the hills of the beautiful Scottish Borders just 35 minutes south of Edinburgh.
The castle was originally a great stone keep but over the years became a grand ducal palace and then a grand country mansion. It is the ancient seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale, and today it continues to be the Maitland family home.
There are so many fascinating things to see in this splendid building. Exquisite 17th century plasterwork ceilings, fine furnishings, pictures, Maitland family treasures and historic toys.
Explore the Entrance Hall, with a collection of weapons dating from 1745, and the Duke’s Grand Bedchamber, one of the most impressive rooms in the castle.
In the State Dining Room you will find a large collection of family portraits, and the children will love the old family nurseries which are home to many Edwardian, Victorian and Georgian toys.
Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed at the castle in 1745, after the victory at the Battle of Prestonpans, and you can admire the room he stayed in for yourself.
Facilities include a children's playground, woodland walk and a gift shop. Coffees, light lunches and teas are served in the Tea Room.