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Sleeps 10 adults
+ 1 children
Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 6 Pets 2 Welcome Region Selkirkshire Town/village Selkirk

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Sixteenth Century Castle, near Selkirk (134)

Described as a tower house, it is as you would expect a Scottish castle to be - full of character, authenticity and brimming with history. Is this the one you are looking for?

A 5 star rated luxury castle offering a majestic blend of tradition and modernity, this sixteenth century tower is the perfect retreat for a family or group of friends looking for that special holiday in Scotland. Built in the 1540’s, the original tower has a ground floor vaulted room which houses a kitchen/dining room and on the floor above is the great hall, which is the sitting room. Small weddings are allowed within the castle and renovated events room 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.

Peeking into the dining area of the kitchenDine in style in the vaulted kitchen  A ground floor catering kitchen is available on requestPlenty of room in the Events roomUp the turnpike stairs is the drawing room (Great Hall)A living area is available on the first floorAbove the events room is a living space with bar areaA turnpike stair connects all the floors in the tower

Living Space

Reception rooms

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 converted cottage next door, which now forms part of the castle building and is the events room. This ground floor room, the Laich Hall (Scots phrase for lower hall) 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, combine to give this room an authentic feel, whilst modern touches have been added. It now adjoins onto the cottage 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 shed” opposite is now a “party room”, with 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 converted cottage 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
'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 + 1

There are 4 bedrooms in the main section of the tower, with a double bedroom (Buccleuch) with designated bathroom on the second floor, two double bedrooms (Sir Walter Scott and Steel) with en-suite bathrooms on the third floor and a twin room (Wizard) with en-suite shower room on the fourth floor. An extra shower room is also available on this floor. The fifth bedroom is in the converted cottage section on the first floor, which is a twin bedroom (Scott of Harden) with en-suite bathroom, where an additional fold-out bed can be added for a child (the +1). 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.

  • 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 tower is now an amazing holiday experienceThe letting section combines the tower and cottageThe doorway into the gardenIdeal for a holiday at all times of the year You 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. 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 has both Tesco and Asda. 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

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

Please note: 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.

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.

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.


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
Berwick upon Tweed 46 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


Feefo is an independent feedback service used by Scotts Castle Holidays to give you an opportunity to see how other guests feel about this property.

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. 

Product : Great to hear you are already thinking of returning to this wonderful, 5 star castle. Don't forget to claim your loyalty discount with us again next time! Look forward to hearing again soon ...

15th February 2016 Excellent 

Fantastic venue - a true castle and tower experience. Plenty of areas to relax in the castle, with plenty of things included in the rental, along with the massive open fireplace and wood burner in the snug.

A nice pub after an afternoon walk is the Cross Keys serving good food.

Service rating : We are delighted that you found our service prompt, friendly and helpful whilst arranging your holiday. Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback it is much appreciated!
Product : So pleased to hear that you had a fantastic castle experience at this amazing tower!

Sounds like you all had a nice time at the local pub (It's always helpful to know about local places to eat, thank you for the recommendation) and then relaxing in front of the open fires of evenings.

We hope we may be able to help again sometime and look forward to hearing from you!

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