Borthwick Castle's Bedrooms

Today Borthwick Castle offers tranquillity, opulence and a quintessential Scottish Castle experience. It has been lovingly and superbly refurbished, retaining every bit of its medieval grandeur and atmosphere, but now with the modern comforts of a sumptuous home from home.

There are 10 uniquely designed bedchambers with lavish bathrooms, magnificent yet intimate dining and lounge areas, roaring fires, breath-taking views and spiral staircases, inviting exploration and adventure. Each of the castle's unique bedchambers has been exquisitely refurbished, designed to show off the historic detail, but ensuring the most luxurious experience for guests. The rooms are scattered throughout the castle and mostly are named after the historic figures with connections to the property.

  • Mary Queen of Scots

    History suggests that Lord Borthwick's maid lived in this room after she bore his illegitimate son.

    This is one of the most famous rooms in the castle and it certainly lives up to its regal name with a three metre canopy bed, which is from the Stuart era, inspired by the original royal bed (currently on display at Holyrood Palace). This room also has outstanding views from two seating alcoves and doors, which would have allowed Mary to reach her private chapel.

  • Earl of Bothwell

    Situated in the North Tower and with access to the State Room, this is the only bedchamber in the Castle to feature a full four poster bed, which is a solid oak replica of King James IV of Scotland's original bed.

    The majestic room features dark blue and gold tones alongside a very large Medieval chimney breast and log burner. It also includes a lounge sofa which can be used as a second bed if required.

  • Lord Borthwick

    Like its namesake, this room embodies its noble title as one of the largest and grandest rooms in the Castle.

    A masculine atmosphere pervades, featuring blue tones throughout and a magnificent oak carved bed with the Borthwick crest at its centre. Mulberry woollen plaids and the finest feather top down quilt ensure guests will sleep like a lord. This room sits at the base of the south spiral staircase with access to the Great Hall.

  • Red Rose

    Mid-way up the spiral staircase in the South Tower and leading to the State Room through a private door lies a bedchamber fit for a Queen.

    In a slightly later era, it is where the Borthwick family chancellor kept his gold. The room is styled to a more feminine taste and features an antique modesty screen and rich velvet drapes over the Renaissance style, free-standing bath. There is also an inset for bullion, which remains in the stone wall to this day. Exquisitely decorated with rich linens and a red rose theme.

  • Oliver Cromwell

    Beneath the Great Hall and a very quiet winding staircase lies the sensual Oliver Cromwell Room.

    The room features an exact copy of Oliver Cromwell's bed, complete with his coat of arms hand carved into the finest oak. This room includes a free standing bath at the foot of the bed and a fascinating defence window in the castle's stonework.

  • Sir Walter Scott

    Inspired by Scotland's great writer who visited and wrote about Borthwick, this is a poetic, romantic and restful room.

    The space features purple and blue earthy hues and a subtle nod to his passion for hunting, with lots of wildlife creatures detailed in the styling of the room and a lovely view of The Pentland Hills. The small bathroom door opens to a luxurious and bespoke wet room set within the castle wall.

  • Sinclair

    The tallest authentic vaulted stone ceiling in the Castle at the very top of the South Tower is elegantly decorated in light turquoise.

    The centrepiece of the room is undoubtedly the magnificent painting hanging below the vaulted ceiling. Paolo Uccello's ‘Battle of San Romano' (1430) is a very early example of perspective in Renaissance art. The room is delicately decorated with references to wild and magical birds, giving the room a more contemporary feel. The bathroom is a smart ensuite shower room with views over The Middleton Burn.

  • Knights Templar

    Situated near the top of the North Tower and level with the Garrison, this is a very spacious twin bedchamber with a daybed.

    The large windows provide lots of natural light and stunning views onto The Pentland Hills. Sliding oak doors open onto an arched ceiling bathroom alcove with a wet room shower.

  • Wizard's Tower

    This is the highest and most private bed chamber in the Castle.

    Featuring a low vaulted stone ceiling from which a crystal chandelier hangs, the ambience of this room is truly Medieval and mystical, with beautiful red fabrics and a woodstove providing sumptuous comfort. The room can only be accessed by the newly re-opened secret staircase.

  • Adinston

    The second luxurious twin room of the Castle, and warmed by a wood burning stove, the Adinston is extremely light and spacious, thanks to two tapered alcoves.

    It is the only bedchamber to feature a red carpet on the lead up to the entrance. A secret staircase continues directly from Bothwell's Room, as this is where his page is thought to have stayed.

  • The Gatehouse

    Offering luxurious accommodation, comparable to that of the castle, in your own private quarters.

    In 2016 The Gatehouse underwent an extensive interior makeover, wholly in keeping with the castle’s authentic history, and is now a decadent suite with log burner, plus Italian marble roll-top bath amongst other features. At its centre lies a formidable replica of the four-poster marital bed of King Henry VII and his wife Elizabeth of York, which was originally created in 1486.

  • Crookston Cottage

    The delightful Crookston Cottage stands in the grounds of the castle and serves as perfect overflow accommodation for parties staying at the castle; a little home-away-from-home.

    Lovingly restored and finished in the same style as the castle, the cottage features one double and one twin room (with hand-carved bunkbeds) and an ensuite bathroom – the perfect space for families and small groups of friends.


The bedrooms are exceptional, with attention to detail and finish to the highest standard. Delicious food and a selection of beverages to tempt every pallet. The staff are exceptional, every request is handled with a smile and prompt attention. The history is brought alive with the staff's knowledge, adding greatly to the sense of occasion in this beautiful castle.