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Thirlestane Castle is delighted to be extending its season of guided tours due to demand through 2023. They have opened their doors to thousands of visitors from across the UK and around the world this year and hope to welcome even more by continuing to offer daily tours for an additional four weeks. 

Tours are available from Tuesday to Sunday each week and are led by their expert team of guides and volunteers. The Castle is brought to life as each guide shares its fascinating history, finishing with a complimentary cup of tea and a treat, the perfect opportunity to hear further stories. 

Delve deep into the rich history of the magnificent 16th-century Castle. Explore the State rooms and marvel at some of the finest plasterwork ceilings in Europe and the Castle’s historic collection, which is displayed throughout.

Discover the history of the Maitland family, who have called Thirlestane Castle home for over 400 years. Visit the impressive State Dining Room, which is lined with one of the most extensive family portrait collections in Scotland. 

During a visit to the Castle, guests can also admire the impressive collection of unique Georgian, Edwardian, and Victorian toys in the School Room Toy Museum. 

Thirlestane has also enjoyed a sold-out series of luxury Afternoon Tea events this summer. Due to this success, they have decided to add another date on Saturday the 21st of October and visitors are encouraged to book their tickets quickly to avoid disappointment. 

The 16th-century Castle remains open all year round for exclusive private tours and coach groups. The Castle also has luxury accommodations located in the South Wing of the Castle, perfect for couple retreats, family holidays and celebratory events. 

Guided tours will now be available until the 29th of October, check tour availability and pre-book your tickets -


Thirlestane Castle
Castle / Fort
castle view

One of the oldest and finest inhabited castles in Scotland. Home to the Maitland family since 1590 and the historic seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale.



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