Aikwood Tower is different to most castles in Scotland - its charm lies in its intimacy. Entering via the walled garden and west door, the endearing quirks of architecture and craftsmanship are immediately apparent as the spiral staircase lies before you.
Every castle has its own Great Hall, and while Aikwood Tower’s is modest in size, it is as warm and beautiful as any in the land.
With exquisite furnishings, plush textures, animal skins on the stone floor and a large basket of logs to keep the fire going, guests are thrust into a magical space to enjoy lively nights and create new memories. The art on the walls is from artists inspired by Aikwood Tower and constantly changes, as it is available to guests for purchase.
The man who breathed new life into Aikwood Tower in 1988 has had a long and distinguished career in British politics. Until recently, this room was the sanctuary of Lord Steel of Aikwood.
While fellow guests may be busying themselves in the Great Hall, kitchen, garden or elsewhere, the Laird’s Study provides the perfect space for enjoying some quiet time and a good book. The library of political biographies has been personally chosen by Lord Steel as examples of inspiring thinking and focus upon leaders of great will and determination.
Aikwood Tower’s fully-equipped kitchen and dining room is a fabulous place to prepare and enjoy the finest ingredients from the local area.
The kitchen, complete with AGA, is in the vaulted ground floor of the tower. When guests are seated at the burr-oak dining table, conversation begins swirling around and contentment soon breeds.
Housed in the old byre extension to the main tower building, the Gallery is thought to be almost as old as the tower itself; it is where the trappings of modern living can be found, ensuring everyone’s entertained, no matter the weather.
With digital TV, wi-fi and comfortable furniture to laze around on, kicking back to watch a late night film after a day in the great outdoors is a wonderful way to unwind. There is also a desk, with laptop, for anyone needing to succumb to the necessities of modern day life. The Gallery also houses a small bar for the mixologists among guests to shake up a fine Martini pre-dinner or pour a warming dram.