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Thirlestane, one of the oldest and finest castles in Scotland is set in lovely Border hills at Lauder, 28 miles south of Edinburgh and 68 miles north of Newcastle on the A68.
Built originally as a defensive fort in the 13th century it was re-built in the 18th century as the home of the Maitlands. As the seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale it was enlarged and embellished over the centuries but it still remains home to the Maitland family. The Duke’s ghost is said to haunt the castle.
See the Panelled Room and the Library with their defensive walls up to 13” thick. Absorb the atmosphere of the Billiard Room with its fascinating salmon fly screen.
Climb the ancient turnpike stair to the Duke’s Suite, including the incomparable 17th century plasterwork ceilings. Relish the splendour of the Green Drawing Room and the Ante Drawing Room with their exquisite ceilings and joinery.
Sink into the nostalgia as you enter the family Nurseries with their unique collection of historic toys. Some are in replica form for children to use and dipping into the dressing up chest can create some memorable moments on a family holiday.
Discover the old Kitchens and laundries, and explore the Border Country Life exhibitions showing domestic, sporting and agricultural life over the centuries.
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