Up to 400
8 Bedrooms
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With majestic turrets, rose-pink stone and surrounded by parkland, Thirlestane Castle in the Scottish Borders is a fairy tale setting, just 40 minutes south of Edinburgh.
Pricing & Costs
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Finish Time
12:00 AM


Exclusive Use
Marquee Permitted
Bridal Changing Facilities
Grade I/II Listed Building
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Asian Catering
In-House Wine List
Halal Catering
Alcohol Licence
Kosher Catering

Ceremony & Reception

Outdoor Ceremony Available
Wedding Licence
Full Description
Nestling among the gentle Scottish Borders hills, Thirlestane is one of the oldest and finest inhabited castles in Scotland. Enjoy exclusive use of this 16th-century castle where royalty and distinguished guests have been entertained for centuries. With a variety of spaces suitable for different wedding styles, we will help you plan the perfect day. There are also eight luxury bedrooms for you to stay overnight within the castle. ~MAGNIFICENT STATE ROOMS~ With its 17th-century ornate ceilings the State Drawing Room is a grand space that would offer you a picture-perfect, sumptuous ceremony. The deep colours and portrait-lined walls of the State Dining Room make it an opulent destination for a dramatic wedding breakfast. ~INTIMATE SETTINGS~ In the oldest part of the castle, the Panelled Room is ideal for smaller weddings or those who want a more private ceremony. ~RUSTIC, CONTEMPORARY SPACES~ For a different feel, you can continue your celebrations in the Cobbled Courtyard and atmospheric Vaulted Cellar. Our Victorian Kitchen with its original range is a unique space for a quirky elopement or perhaps a family dinner the night before the big day. It is included with our overnight accommodation. ~OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES~ With picturesque backdrops, the gardens and grounds give you lots of options for that perfect wedding shot while your guests can enjoy games on the lawn. Our outside spaces are also a stunning setting for a marquee reception or alfresco ceremony. ~MAKE THE CASTLE YOUR HOME~ We have a choice of honeymoon suites and other apartments so you and up to sixteen of your guests can extend your stay at the castle. We only do exclusive use weddings so the castle is yours for your big day. We pride ourselves on a flexible approach to make sure your day is everything you hope it to be. Contact us with your plans and we'll do all we can to make that happen.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Lauren and Kevin
Happy couple Married on July
July 2018
Perfect Wedding Day
My husband and I were married at Thirlestane Castle this past June. We first discovered Thirlestane Castle on Bridebook and instantly contacted them to see what it would entail for an international couple to be married there. I quickly heard back from Rhona and worked with her over the months to create the best wedding day and venue we could have imagined. We stayed in the Lauderdale Apartment at the castle for our wedding and it was an exceptional place for us to get ready at, and enjoy our time after our wedding. Rhona made our day so easy and smooth and took care of absolutely everything. I highly recommend Thirlestane Castle for your wedding day to be absolutely perfect!
Location & Contact Details


Thirlestane Castle, Lauder, Scottish Borders, TD2 6RU, Scotland

Travel Notes

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Nearest Motorway & Junction

M8 J1

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