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.