Neidpath Castle

Peebles, Scottish Borders, Scotland

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Medieval stronghold on the banks of the River Tweed

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With an illustrious history dating back to the 1100s, Neidpath is an amazingly preserved Medieval stronghold with many stories to tell.

Easy to reach from Edinburgh, but once you’re there, it’s even easier to forget the outside world. Perfect for a romantic getaway for two, or an unforgettable family holiday.

In the castle you can join a guest list that includes Mary Queen of Scots or stay in a luxury cottage in surroundings that inspired Sir Walter Scott and William Wordsworth.


Queen Mary’s Chamber

Mary Queen of Scots stayed at Neidpath Castle in August 1563, on her return journey from an exhausting three-month tour of south-west Scotland. The Queen slept on this floor of the castle in a splendid four-poster bed, with an open log fire.

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Queen Mary’s Chamber 3

Today, you will find an antique four-poster, deep roll-top bath and open log fire, which evoke times gone by. But the comfort and luxury is refreshingly contemporary, from the piping hot water to a coffee machine and fridge. There are lots of little treats around the chamber, including a fabulous selection of natural skincare products, fine chocolates crafted by a local award-winning chocolatier, and a complimentary guide book to the castle.

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Queen Mary’s Chamber 5

Dinner is served in the drawing room, beside your chamber. The tempting menu uses local game and freshly foraged ingredients, just as the Queen would have enjoyed all those centuries ago. In the mornings, an elegant table is set for a delicious continental breakfast, with smoked salmon, granola, creamy yoghurt, excellent bread and fresh fruit.

Sleeps 2 guests.

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Neidpath Barmkin

Many Scottish Baronial homes had barmkins. At Neidpath, they were once part of the castle’s defences, and may have been used to shelter cattle during raids. Close to the riverside, the barmkin is now a welcoming and atmospheric cottage, inside and out. Enjoy the comforts of splendid four-poster bed, roaring log fire, and well-equipped kitchen. Making your stay extra special are soap and skincare products, plus a breakfast hamper brimming with goodies.

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Entrance hall, with cloakroom.
Sitting room with open log fire.
Kitchen/dining room.
Master bedroom, with four-poster bed and ensuite shower room.
Twin bedroom.
Bunk bedroom.
Family bathroom.
Cot available.
Pet friendly (up to 2 dogs).

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

Sleeps 6 guests in 3 bedrooms.

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Barns Tower

Your own private 15th-century tower, sleeping up to 4 guests.

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Barns Library

This cottage combines the charm of a historic retreat with the creature comforts of a newly-renovated, luxury lodge. Look forward to a huge four-poster bed, wood-burning stove, a stylish bathroom, and a fantastic selection of books and games. Barns Library is a great choice for couples, a small family, or to share wonderful times with good friends. It has its own private garden and you’ll have direct access to the beautiful arboretum, with trees planted at the time of the Napoleonic wars.

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A vast four-poster bed with ensuite bathroom.
Super comfortable twin bedroom.
Second bathroom with walk-in shower.
Large open-plan sitting room/dining room/library.
Well-equipped galley kitchen.
Log-burning stove.
Garden with table and chairs.
Courtyard parking.
Dogs welcome.

Sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms.

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Barns Bothy

Barns Bothy is the perfect place for a romantic and relaxing stay, in the heart of the beautiful Borders’ countryside.

As night falls, what could be nicer than to retreat to a sumptuous bed with a perfect view of the stars? The bathroom has an extra large bath for soaking in after long walks in the hills, or a drenching shower, and heated floor.

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Bothy Cottage 3
Bothy Cottage 4
Bothy Cottage 5
Bothy Cottage 6

Elsewhere in the cottage, a light filled, double height sitting room, with cosy dining area and log burning stove, leads to a well planned kitchen.

A charming king-size-bed with optional view of the stars.
Large entry porch for dumping coats, boots and kit, and out-buildings to keep bikes in safely.
A lovely garden to sit in and enjoy a drink.
Dogs welcome.

Sleeps 2 guests in 1 bedroom

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Events and Filming

Neidpath is exclusive, beautiful and dramatic, yet not far from Edinburgh.

From conferences and awards dinners to team-building and classes, Neidpath’s authentic Scottish atmosphere makes it the ideal venue for corporate events and incentive groups of all shapes and sizes. It is also a great venue for film and TV makers, or for photoshoots.

Site visits are welcomed, and you can also request a virtual tour of the castle.



Neidpath is a rare example of a fortified tower house, amazingly preserved, unlike many other Medieval strongholds.

The true beauty of Neidpath is that very little has changed over the years. The rugged stone walls, hidden staircases, and beautiful views from the battlements would all be very familiar to its former residents. Outside, the ancestral emblems are clear to see in the archways and carvings around the castle. Inside, the burnished wooden floors bear the indents from the spurs of the gentlemen’s boots.

Queen Mary’s Chamber 1

Sir Gilbert Fraser founded the early castle, around 1190. The last Fraser to own Neidpath was Sir Simon. He was known as 'The Patriot', for his astonishing feat of conquering the English in battle three times in one day, at Roslyn Glen. He was executed in London, a year after Sir William Wallace, in 1306, and the castle burnt to the ground.

The barony of Neidpath passed to the Hay family through the marriage of Mary Fraser to Sir Gilbert Hay, in 1312. It is thought Sir William Hay built the present castle in the late 14th century. And Neidpath stayed in the family until 1686. During their ownership, Neidpath was visited by Mary, Queen of Scots in 1563, and by James VI in 1587.

The castle was inherited by the Earl of Wemyss in 1810. The Wemyss family have taken great care to protect Neidpath, and today it retains much of its original Medieval character.


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.


Queen Mary's Chamber 2021/2 Prices

Per Night
Christmas/New Year£1,000

Prices include breakfast. Dinner for two, £130.
Dogs (max 2) are charged at £20 each, per stay.

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Self-Catering 2021/2 Prices

3 Nights
Neidpath Barmkinfrom £360
Barns Towerfrom £440
Barns Libraryfrom £390
Barns Bothyfrom £390

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Neidpath Castle sits less than an hour from Edinburgh, surrounded by rolling hills and forests in a commanding position above the River Tweed. Neidpath Castle 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.