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Thirlestane Castle grounds

The Grounds at Thirlestane Castle

The castle is set in extensive parklands overlooking the Lammermuir Hills and the Leader Water, a tributary of the River Tweed.

There is a small formal garden planted with roses, a woodland walk and well spaced picnic tables in a wooded area near the castle.

The grounds are the haunt of woodpeckers in the summer; sparrowhawks and buzzards are often to be seen, and many waders frequent the banks of the Leader.

The Southern Upland Way, stretching from coast to coast, runs through part of the parklands, so many walkers stop to admire the castle and take refreshments in the Tea Room.

Border Country Life Exhibitions
The Border Country Life Trust was created in 1982 and established a museum in the south wing of the castle. At this time, one year prior to the formation of Thirlestane Castle Trust, the museum was an entirely independent entity that just happened to be housed within the castle.

With support from the Manpower Services Commission, the Country Life Trust created some impressive displays.

-The River Room

The River Room

The River Tweed is one of Scotland's finest salmon rivers. The display in the River Room shows tackle and equipment used by anglers, poachers and bailiffs over the last 300 years.

The River Room

-The Steading

The Steading

The Steading contains displays showing aspects of land drainage, timber working, dairy activities, hay making, joinery and the work of the home vet. Outside in the courtyard is a reconstruction of a traditional tailor's shop.

The Steading

-The Finds Room

The Finds Room

In the Finds Room is a collection of finds from local farms, including a Celtic skeleton some 2,000 years old.

The Finds Room

Thirlestane Castle Grounds Thirlestane Castle close up

Dating back to the 13th Century...