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Sixteenth century Aikwood Tower has been lovingly renovated to accommodate up to ten overnight guests in authentic, relaxing and comfortable surroundings.

Aikwood Tower
Aikwood Tower
Aikwood Tower
Aikwood Tower
Aikwood Tower
Aikwood Tower

Take the road down Ettrick Valley, step aside awhile in time. There you’ll find the Steels of Aikwood, crackling logs & sparkling wine.Elspeth Smellie, Scotland

What a quiet few days at Aikwood – sheer bliss!Robert and Janice Beaton, Scotland

I’ve never played at being the princess in the Tower before. Almost all my fantasies came true in one night.Anna Stapleton, Scotland

Thank you for a wonderful and inspiring stay at Aikwood. Lots of ideas for painting and prints from a very magical and special place.Jane Hyslop, Scotland

Once again back to the Ettrick Valley and Aikwood Tower. As usual having a relaxing time. It is always a pleasure being here.Jens Jelnes, Denmark

For someone spending their honeymoon here there couldn’t be a more special and beautiful place.Samir & Twinkle Paintal, India

Aikwood is a triumph of imagination, creation and recreation.Baroness Linklater, Scotland

We learned a little of Border history. We saw an amount of beautiful Border scenery. We experienced the very best Border hospitality.Audrey Soal, South Africa

This exceptional sixteenth century Scottish Castle has been lovingly renovated to accommodate up to ten overnight guests in authentic, relaxing and comfortable surroundings. Aikwood Tower, the former home of Lord Steel, is located just 40 miles south of Edinburgh. It is in the heart of the beautiful Ettrick Forest - the ancient hunting ground of Scottish royalty up to the days of Mary Queen of Scots. The stunning local landscape around Aikwood Tower offers some of the finest shooting and fishing in Scotland, among many other leisure activities.

Whether you are looking for peace, calm and to be left alone to enjoy your stay and surroundings or wish to be spoilt with fine food and drink, the discreet, efficient and friendly staff of Aikwood Tower will meet your every need. This is a perfect castle experience for pleasure, social gatherings such as weddings, birthday celebrations and other special occasions.

The restoration of Aikwood won no less than five architectural awards the first time, including the prestigious Europa Nostra. For nearly twenty years it has been a hub for artistic creativity and a meeting place for national and international politicians.

Aikwood Tower is now under new ownership of The Honourable Rory David Scott Steel and his wife, Victoria, who continue to upgrade its facilities to ensure many more people enjoy the magical charm that this castle offers in the years to come.

Aikwood Tower is different from most castles in Scotland - its charm simply lies in its intimacy.

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History

History

The first mention of Aikwood comes in the Lord Treasurer of Scotland’s accounts of 1455...

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Wedding

Weddings

Weddings have a special place in Aikwood Tower’s history...

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Corporate

Corporate

Aikwood Tower's up-to-date facilities and function spaces make it ideal for corporate events...

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"A lovely mix of 16th century and new restoration. I loved cooking in the kitchen; a very social area within the castle, plus all the bedrooms are to a very high standard. There is a stone spiral staircase throughout the castle and a fireplace with a roaring fire, which was very difficult to tear myself away from every evening!"

- Roger Masterson, The Castle Man