Borthwick Castle

Gorebridge, Midlothian

History, luxury and grandeur abound in this awe inspiring 15th Century castle near Edinburgh that's ideal for large groups.

  • 24
  • 12 bedrooms
  • 12 bathrooms
£4500-6000 per night


Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 3 nights

How to book

Borthwick Castle is managed by Johanne Falconer.

You can ask a question or make a booking request directly with Johanne Falconer.

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The highlights
  • A truly unique and marvellous place to stay for large groups who want to experience true luxury in a magical, historical setting.
  • All bedchambers have their own bathrooms filled with luxurious toiletries and fluffy towels.
  • Borthwick Castle is available for vacations, celebrations and weddings.
  • Outdoor pursuits experiences can be arranged including fishing tours and private hiking tours.
  • There are great transport links to the castle, Edinburgh Airport is just 30 minutes away and a train from the city brings guests to nearby Gorebridge.
  • Experience Borthwick's special dining events, which have included regular dining clubs and a Mary, Queen of Scots banquet.

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  • Some of the bedchambers are positioned at the top of narrow staircases which will not be suitable for everyone.

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The detail

Experience 600 years of Scottish history in this awe-inspiring castle set amongst beautiful grounds and just a short drive from Edinburgh. Secret doorways and spiral staircases take guests into 12 separate private bedchambers, all with exquisitely designed interiors bursting with atmosphere and character and filled with thoughtfully-placed vintage pieces. It has been carefully refurbished to incorporate modern luxuries without compromising the romance and charm of this magnificent castle.

Each of the rooms bears its own name and some have been named in honour of the guests who once stayed. Adinston is twin room once hidden away by a newly re-opened secret staircase. It has direct access to the Bothwell Room, with its own wood stove and a luxurious wet room. Bothwell, named after Mary, Queen of Scots' husband, is a handsome room filled with opulent splendour, a carved medieval chimney breast stands proudly near the centre and thick, ceiling to floor, velvet curtains pull back to reveal a bath and shower alcove.

Positioned directly opposite Bothwell, is the room's counter chamber - Mary, Queen of Scots. Mary slept in this room on several occasions and its regal splendour remains. A royal canopy modelled on Mary's bed at Holyrood Palace dominates the bed, luxury furnishings and fabrics enhance the character, and tucked inside the castle wall is a private shower room.

Sinclair is situated at the top of the tower, it is home to an original Uccello painting of the Battle of San Romano, an early Renaissance example of perspective. The room has a vaulted stone ceiling, iron candelabra and cosy log burner. Majestic with oak wall panels and high ceilings, the Lord Borthwick room is filled with blues and dark wooden furnishings, including the magnificent carved wooden bed which features the Borthwick crest in its centre.

Other famous guests, who have had rooms named in their honour, include Sir Walter Scott and Oliver Cromwell, while the Knights Templar room was so-named after the famous order which was founded in 1128 just five miles from Borthwick.

In addition to the stunning bedrooms, the castle has three exceptional principal rooms where guests can feast, dance and party long into the evening.

The castle chefs are on hand to create bespoke menus for guests at their request, from breakfast-in-bed for one to medieval style banquets, with the finest quality, local and seasonal produce always used. Guests will struggle to drag themselves away from this beautiful location but they can experience a taste of Scotland by visiting the nearby Glenkinchie distillery or arrange for a private tasting at the castle. Edinburgh is just a short distance away, as is Rosslyn Chapel, one of Scotlands most remarkable buildings.

  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Baby Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Deluxe
  • Heating
  • No Smoking
Living Spaces
  • Games/Books
  • Open fire/Woodburner
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels (bath)
  • Cot
  • Shower
  • Satellite TV/Freeview
  • Television
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo music system
  • Computer games console
  • Firepit
  • Garden/Outdoor Space
Also Available
  • Babysitting
  • Cleaning service
  • Off road free parking
  • Chef for hire

Borthwick Castle is fully staffed 24 hrs day with Full Housekeeping Staff , Private Chef, Front of House Team to assist to your every need

  • Pub/Bar
  • Beach (sea)
  • Restaurants
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Historical sites
  • Kite surfing
  • Massage
  • Mountain Walking
  • Nightlife (lively)
  • Wine tasting
  • Cooking classes
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Museums/Galleries
  • Nightlife (low key)
  • Wellbeing
  • Yoga
  • Boat trips
  • Supermarket/food shop
  • Diving

Many activities can take place within the Castle grounds and within the Castle . Edinburgh City Centre 30 mins drive , Historical sites within 20 mins drive

£4500-6000 per night

Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 3 nights


We don't have live availability info for this property. Please enquire for specific dates.

How to book

Borthwick Castle is managed by Johanne Falconer.

You can ask a question or make a booking request directly with Johanne Falconer.

Request To Book
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  Nearest Airport
Edinburgh Airport - 35 mins / Glasgow Airport - 1hr 20mins

Detailed pricing info

Christmas and New Year - Price Available on Request


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