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Sleeps 10 adults
+ 2 children
Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 6 Pets 2 Welcome Region Selkirkshire Town/village Selkirk
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Sixteenth Century Castle, near Selkirk (134)

If you are looking for a stay in a Scottish Castle that has experienced drama, adventure and romance – then step back in time and touch the stone-clad walls of this castle for a holiday of a lifetime.

Offering a majestic blend of 500 years of history and modernity of today, this sixteenth century tower is the perfect retreat for that special castle holiday in Scotland. This 5 Star Visit Scotland rated castle, which had a full restoration completed in 1992, has had its’ fair share of historical drama, romance and adventure and is waiting for you to add to this.

The castle itself is an oblong plan with three storeys and an attic, attached to a two storey annexe. Within the tower at ground level you will find the original stone-clad vaulted kitchen/dining room, with the Great Hall on the floor above, which is the siting room. The annexe section houses an events room, which can host a party or be a games room, with living space and a bedroom above. The rest of the luxurious bedrooms are on the second, third and fourth floor of the tower.

Small weddings are allowed within the castle and the renovated “Cart Hall” opposite, but additional costs will apply and must be arranged with the manager. Bookings can be for weekly rentals, weekends Friday – Monday or for mid-week options for a minimum of 2 nights. The south-west facing walled garden is a delightful secure space and looks out to a farmhouse beyond. It is ideal for playing croquet on the lawn on a summer’s evening.

The Great Hall is located on the first floorPeeking into the dining area of the kitchenDine in style in the ground floor vaulted roomThe kitchen section of the kitchen and dining roomPlenty of room in the annexe 'Events Room' at ground levelHow the 'Events Room' can look dressed up for a weddingHow the 'Cart Hall' can be transformed as a dining hallThe Laird's snug on the first floorA living area is available on the first floor of the annexeAbove the events room is a living space with bar areaA turnpike stair connects all the floors in the tower A ground floor catering kitchen is available on request

Living Space

Reception rooms

Entering via the annexe next door, which now forms part of the castle building, takes you into the events room. This ground floor room can be a multi-purpose room and is ideal for holding small events like a wedding party or gathering of some sort in some style. A table tennis table can be set up here.

Heading up the turnpike stairs brings you to the Great Hall with its old inglenook fireplace and comfortable sofas, combining to give this room an authentic feel, whilst modern touches have been added. It now adjoins onto the annexe next door and the space above the events room has a living space with bar area, which leads to a bedroom beyond. Additionally there is a very quaint original snug room, which is perfect for some reflective time. The old “Cart Hall” opposite is now a “party room”, with a glazed front overlooking the castle, which is ideal for hosting an event for a larger group of people.

Kitchen / Dining

Entering the castle by the original tower entrance brings you into a vaulted room which leads to the turnpike stairs, the kitchen/dining space or into the annexe next door, which now forms part of the castle building and is the events room. The kitchen/dining room is also within a vaulted room and this is a very atmospheric room, with style over substance. The kitchen area is compact, but fine to cater for 10 people, whilst the dining area, with its impressive carved local wood table is great for banquets and feasts.

Catering for larger numbers for an event, there is a catering kitchen at the rear of the events room which can be made available on request. Additionally there is a bar area on the first floor with sink, and on the third floor is a galley kitchen, with coffee machine, for those who wish not to use the stairs to get a cup.

  • 5 Stars, Rated by Visit Scotland
  • Aga
  • Board Games
  • Catering quotes available on request
  • CD Player
  • Ceilidh room
  • Coffee maker
  • Cot
  • Croquet Set
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Galley kitchen
  • Garden Furniture
  • Garden, Ornamental
  • Garden, Walled
  • Hairdryers in all bedrooms
  • Hall, great
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Logs, initial supply
  • Microwave
  • Open Fire
  • Oven, hob, electric
  • Parking, 5 cars
  • Study
  • Table Tennis Table
  • Telephone
  • Telephone, Honesty System
  • Turret areas
  • TV
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Wood burning Stove
  • Castle, stunning
  • Commercial kitchen available for events
  • Hot Tub, can be hired locally
'Buccleuch' bedroom on the second floorThe allocated bathroom to the 'Buccleuch' bedroom 'Steel' bedroom on the third floorEn-suite bathroom to the 'Sir Walter Scott' bedroom'Wizard' bedroom on the fourth floor

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 10 + 2

Accommodation is provided for a group of 10 adults in 5 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms and 2 shower-rooms, as follows:

First floor - ‘Scotts of Harden’ bedroom, with double bed (and a fold-out bed for a child); bathroom, with bath, w.c and wash hand basin.

Second floor – 'Buccleuch’ bedroom, with zip and link twin or double bed; bathroom, with roll top bath and shower above, w.c and wash hand basin.

Third floor – ‘Sir Walter Scott’ bedroom, with double bed, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin; shower room, with shower cabinet; ‘Steel’ bedroom, with zip and link twin or double bed, with turret reading area, with en-suite bathroom, with bath, w.c and wash hand basin.

Fourth floor – ‘Wizard’ bedroom, with zip and link twin or double bed, with en-suite shower-room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin.

All the bedrooms contain the most technologically advanced beds in the world, the hand-made DUX beds from Sweden, which will ensure you have an exceptional night’s sleep. 2 luxury put-up single beds are available for 2 children, which can be placed in the 'Scott' or 'Buccleuch' rooms. These are charged as extra.

  • 1 Double Or Twin Bedroom/s With Private Bathroom
  • 2 Double Or Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Double Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Shower Room
The courtyard entrance with 'Cart Hall' event room oppositeThe castle, annexe and garden in all its gloryTake advantage of the sun and enjoy alfresco diningThe doorway into the gardenThe wonderful Laburnam archway to the gardenYou will be sad to leave when the time comes

Grounds & Surrounds

Set within 4 acres of grounds, including an enclosed walled garden space, it shares the first part of it drive with the neighbouring farm, before it forks up to the castle. The gardens consist of a lawn and an orchard, with a feature Laburnam arch. Located in the rolling hills and woodlands of the Scottish Borders, the castle is just over an hour’s drive from Edinburgh. Selkirk is about 5 miles away, offering some general stores and shops. For major supermarkets, then nearby Galashiels offers Tesco, Asda, M&S and Aldi.

There are many golf courses in the locality, including Selkirk, Melrose and the Roxburghe course at Kelso. Fishing is available on the river Tweed. Glentress Forest offers a mountain biking centre. For historical sight-seeing, the historical Abbotsford House and Melrose Abbey are both well worth a visit.


Security Bond

The owner requires a fully refundable security bond to be paid within 7 days of the holiday start date.
This owner has chosen to use our secure online payment service to collect this bond from guests.

Check in / Check out

Guests are welcome to arrive from 4:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 2 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Linen, towels, electricity and electric central heating included within the rental. An initial supply of logs for the open fire and wood burning stove is provided.

Notes & Warnings

Due to the historic layout with a steep stone turnpike stairway, the castle is not suitable for unsupervised children, wheelchair users or people with restricted mobility.

Whilst this property can supply a cot & highchair, please make sure you submit a note on your booking form to the bookings team requesting this item so the owner knows to put one out for you on arrival.

Stag and Hen bookings may not book this property, unless discussed in advance for approval. Neither the Owner nor the Agent will accept any liability should a booking be confirmed as a consequence of non-disclosure of the above which may later result in a booking cancellation by the Owner. For more information on this matter please speak to a member of our staff.

Dogs are welcomed on the ground floor of this property only, and an additional pet cleaning charge is applicable.

All weddings must be discussed prior to booking - as additional costs may be applicable if numbers go above the capacity of the castle.


Situated in the heart of the Scottish Borders is historic Selkirk. The town’s famous patronages are William Wallace and Sir Walter Scott, both providing the town with a rich history. Offering splendid scenery, the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys provide a majestic backdrop for the town, and there is an abundance of walking and cycling to be found in this area. Nearby the magnificent Bowhill House is a fantastic day out for the whole family, with tours of the house, woodland walks, adventure play, ranger services, and even a theatre with scheduled events, there will be something for everyone here. Selkirk Golf Club can be found in a heathland setting at Selkirk Hill, and in the town centre, Halliwell’s House Museum is an intimate but interesting exhibition of the story of the burgh of Selkirk.  


Set in the stunning valleys of Ettrick and Yarrow, the small county of Selkirkshire provides some beautiful scenery, and is a lovely back drop for cyclists, walkers and horse riders to explore the Scottish Borders. Fishing is popular on Ettrick Water or Yarrow Water, and in the east of the county, both these tributaries’ join the River Tweed which is well known for its salmon. For avid golfers, there are numerous courses in this area. Selkirk, the historic county town, has paid patronage to Sir Walter Scott, and William Wallace in its past, but is currently a peaceful place to visit for a day out. Galashiels, located slightly further north sits in the valley of Gala Water, and boasts the beautiful Bank Street Gardens, and the Old Gala House, a local museum and art gallery. For a family day out, why not try a trip to Bowhill House and Country Estate, offering a magnificent house and grounds, its own theatre, adventure playground, and pleasant walking trails. For those looking for city life, then Edinburgh and all its attractions are within day tripping distance.

Scottish Borders

Popular as a short break destination, the Scottish Borders offer peace and tranquillity in the beautiful landscapes, and traditional towns and villages. Behind the scenes, the Borders tell of a turbulent history; there is much to learn of the Scottish wars from this area. Fishing, golf, walking and cycling can be found in abundance, so make sure you see the best of the region!

Southern Scotland

Stretching across the border with England, and reaching up to the central belt from Glasgow to Edinburgh, the Southern Scotland region is a popular location for short break holidays. Although you may not find the monumental mountain ranges of the Highlands, don’t think that this region lacks the traditional Scottish landscapes. The famous 7Stanes mountain biking routes can be found across the Border counties and Dumfries and Galloway, as there is an abundance of hills, glens and forests to challenge even experienced bikers. The region has plenty of fishing opportunities too, most popular perhaps is the River Tweed, well known for its salmon, and miles of coastline, ideal for walking and bird spotting. Golf can be found in abundance in this area too. For gentler activities, visit the Four Borders Abbeys, magnificent tributes to the religious history of the area, at Kelso, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Melrose.   

Area Selkirkshire Type of location Countryside Nearest shop 4 miles Nearest supermarket 4 miles Nearest pub 4 miles
Nearest Airport
Edinburgh 58 miles
Nearest Train Station
Galashiels 9 miles
Edinburgh 51 miles
Selkirk is the nearest townA train service runs from Edinburgh to GalashielsNearby Melrose Abbey is worth a visitWhy not compare castles at Smailhom Tower


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9th October 2016 Excellent 

Aikwood tower is intesting and full of character, spacious accomatation for our group of ten. Lovely walled garden and surrounding countryside. Perfect.

Service rating : Many thanks for the fab comments for our service, and great to hear you found our payment system helpful. Hope you all have lots of happy memories from the castle holiday! 

Product : Nice to hear you found this castle interesting and spacious for your party, sounds like it was perfect for your trip :)

8th April 2016 Excellent 

Aikwood Tower Selkirk. Absolutely 5star property! Would highly recommend and will be returning!

Service rating : Fabulous to hear you found our service first class and you would recommend our service! It was a pleasure to help with your plans and please don't hesitate to get in touch with us again in the future. 

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18th February 2013 Excellent 

A beautiful property and a lovely location. Very well equiped . A great place for a celebration.

Thank you for your positive feedback. We are delighted to hear you had a fantastic time at the property. I hope we will be able to assist again with future holidays.

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2nd January 2013 Excellent 

A beautiful building. very well presented. Excellent manager

Thank you for your feedback. So pleased to hear that your group enjoyed this beautiful property. If we can be of any assistance with future trips, please do not hesitate to contact us. And dont forget to claim your Loyalty Discount on your next booking!

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