There are plenty of activities to indulge in around Barony Castle

  • 18 hole golf course
  • Cycling Facilities
  • Cycling (off site 15km)
  • Mountain Biking (off site 15km)
  • Equestrian facilities
  • Pony trekking (off site 15km)
  • Equestrian centre (off site 15km)


  • Arthur's Seat
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • The Edinburgh Dungeon
  • Gilmerton Cave


The 25 acres surrounding the hotel reveal a secret at every turn. The Limes Avenue laid out in the 1620’s was the original impressive entrance to the house and remained such until the 1950’s.

The Ewe Tree Walk leads to the Altar which was built on the site of a 19th century summerhouse, which in turn occupied one of the sites used for private worship by the Murray family during the 17th century. The Altar is now a popular choice for Wedding and Civil Ceremonies.

The last remaining Summerhouse is now a popular wedding backdrop and has also been used as a Hindu temple and a chapel. The Ice House was built for George Murray the 6th Lord Elibank and could hold 11,500 litres of ice collected from the Mill Pond and surrounding streams during the winter months.

These and many other features along with the history of the castle and surrounding area can be found in documents held at the hotel.


The Great Polish Map of Scotland is a large (50 m x 40 m) three-dimensional, outdoor concrete scale model of Scotland. It is also known as the Mapa Scotland (derived from Polish mapa Szkocji) or the Barony Map.

The brainchild of Polish war veteran Jan Tomasik, it was built between 1974 and 1979 and is claimed to be the world’s largest terrain relief model.

The sculpture is a category B listed building and is being restored by Mapa Scotland.

The restoration of the map is now nearing completion, come see for yourself and enjoy a cocktail in the Courtyard or spoil yourself with an indulgent afternoon tea.


  • Dawyck Botanic Gardens, Stobo (25 km) - Open daily from mid-October. Shop and light refreshments sold.
  • Kalzie Gardens, Peebles (25 km) - 15 acres of grounds open 7 days/week throughout the year. Art gallery, gift shop, restaurant, trout pond.
  • Mellerstain Castle (30 km) - This castle holds a collection of paintings and stands in beautiful parkland. Unusual thatched cottage, gift shop and tea room.