About Borthwick Castle

Borthwick Castle, a luxury 15th century Scottish castle, sleeping up to 26 guests, just 12 miles from Edinburgh

Borthwick Castle was built in 1430 by Sir William de Borthwick, who was granted a royal charter by King James I of Scotland.

This magnificent 600-year old castle, known as "Scotland's Greatest Keep", is a phenomenal structure consisting of some 30,000 tons of Ashlar Stone, which was quarried in the local town of Middleton. Over the last six centuries this Scottish castle has seen many faces pass through it's halls; the most well known being Mary Queen of Scots, who stayed at the castle in June 1567, not long after her marriage to the Earl of Bothwell.

The Castle Man visits Borthwick Castle

Notable features of Borthwick Castle include the Great Hall and it's 40 foot vaulted ceiling, walls hung with tapestries and the ceiling; painted with frescoes. Above this there is a second chamber of the same height with a similar rounded vault, which is currently divided into two levels. One can still make out the phrase 'ye tempil of honour' on the west side, although on the east the phrase 'ye tempil of religion' is now indecipherable.

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It was "WOW" from start to finish. From the moment you arrive you are made to feel special; this is your home for the weekend. The staff were a joy and enhanced the experience and this is all in addition to the most amazing setting you can experience in Scotland.