Friday, January 28 2022

The Thirlestane Castle is set to one of 32 local government council areas of Scotland – the Scottish Borders. It’s been around since the 13th century. It was later rebuilt for the Maitland family to live in during 1590.

Later in 1670 the castle was extended by John Maitland, 1st Duke of Lauderdale. It was refurbished and extended in 1840 with two new parts added on to it.

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The Maitlands are known as a famous family living in Scotland who migrated from France to Britain. The castle has its specified times and specific roles that it played in history since it was once the seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale. It is currently in the care of the Charitable Trust. It has been restored carefully over the recent years.

The castle sits in extensive parklands which overlook the Leader Water and Lammermuir Hills. There is a garden that has several roses, and spaced out picnic tables. You can either choose to have a picnic at the tables or on a blanket on the ground.

During the summer time you might spot woodpeckers, buzzards, and sparrow hawks. Sometimes you might see some waders at the banks of the Leader. The Upland Way reaches from one coast to the next which allows those that like to walk throughout it to come and view the castle and even stop by to have some tea.

The Thirlestane Castle is known to be a great place to have weddings, and there have been many that have taken place there. The decorations and scenery are perfect for anyone that is looking to have that fairytale style wedding.

The basic admission is £9.00 to the castle and the grounds, or £3.00 if you want to visit the grounds only.


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