Barns Tower

Peebles, Scottish Borders, Scotland

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Secluded 15th-century tower close to Edinburgh

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This fairy-tale, dusty pink tower dates back to the 15th century, and provides a perfect romantic escape. It’s something of a hidden gem, in a secluded setting, just a stone’s throw from the River Tweed and less than an hour from Edinburgh. Inside, you will find lots of original features and special touches to make your stay complete.


All year round, Barns Tower looks amazing – whether it’s glowing softly in the peaceful calm of a summer’s evening, or drawing you towards a freshly made log fire on a snowy winter’s day. The vaulted ceiling and rustic wooden panelling give the rooms an irresistibly cosy feel. And after the day’s adventures, what could be better than a long soak in the roll-top bath, and the promise of a delightfully sound sleep in the huge, pillowy sleigh bed? It’s a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion.

To welcome you to your own private retreat at Barns Tower, you’ll find a delicious breakfast hamper, as well as a selection of gorgeous products from The Highland Soap Company. The log fires are ready to be lit for your arrival...

The tower is sold on a self-catered basis and includes a well-equipped kitchen.

Barns Tower has a magical atmosphere, so it may come as no surprise to discover that the area is steeped in legend and storytelling. It is said that Merlin the Wizard once visited Stobo Kirk, just over the hill. The famous author, John Buchan, came from this area and one of his greatest novels, 'John Burnet of Barns', is set very recognisably right here.

Entrance hall, with shower room and laundry facilities.
Sitting room with open fire.
Kitchen/dining room with open fire.
King-size bedroom sleeping 2 adults, with roll-top bath.
Box bed and pull-out bed in sitting room, sleeping a further 2 adults.

For visits of a week or more, enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine and a private tour of the castle.



Barns Tower was built by William Burnet, 4th Laird of Barns, and his wife, Margaret Stewart of Shillinglaw - a family related to the Stuart earls of nearby Traquair. Their Initials W.B and M.S. are carved above one of the upper floor windows. The dates 1488 and 1489 are carved above the entrance door, but are much too early for the date of construction, perhaps referring to the date the Burnets acquired the estate?


The town of Peebles, with its coffee shops, fine restaurants, galleries and gift shops, is just a short walk away along the riverbank.

Nearby there are many ancient settlements and hill forts to explore, as well as the legendary Dawyck Gardens, and the historic Traquair House and Brewery. The fascinating Border towns of Melrose, Hawick and St. Boswells are also within easy reach.

The Borders' landscape is beautifully unspoilt, and it’s so easy to enjoy the great outdoors here.

Peebles is a great place to enjoy golf, mountain-biking, fishing, horse-riding - or simply a spot of shopping. And with the beautiful River Tweed flowing gracefully through the town, it’s picture-perfect too.


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Prices are based on two people for self-catering accommodation. Additional guests (max 2) are charged at £50 each, per stay.

Dogs (max 2) are charged at £20 each, per stay.



Barns Tower stands less than an hour from Edinburgh, surrounded by rolling hills and forests, close to the banks of the River Tweed. It is positioned perfectly as a base to explore this area of the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh can easily be reached by car, taxi or public transport.