Historic castle set to open its doors for longer this summer

Thirlestane Castle
Thirlestane Castle

Following extensive restoration work to combat dry rot, the state rooms at Thirlestane Castle are back to their former glory.

And although the work – which began in 2013 and closed the building for 18 months – continues, it’s hoped the 16th century fairytale castle will attract visitors, so much so, it will be open on extra days in the summer.

From May 3 to October 2, it will open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 10am-3pm (last admission), while the grounds – a beautiful place to enjoy a walk or picnic – are open until 5pm.

Edward Maitland-Carew, one of the family trustees said: “We are looking forward to welcoming visitors and their families and friends to Thirlestane Castle, and for them to see the difference their support makes to ensure the ongoing preservation of this beautiful, historic building for future generations to enjoy.”

The grounds are also regularly used for spectacular large events such as the annual Borders Historic Motoring Extravaganza, which is being held on Sunday, June 5.

And on Sunday, June 12, visitors are invited to join in celebrations to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday and also the 400th anniversary of the birth of the first Duke of Lauderdale, John Maitland.