Thirlestane Castle and the Maitland family have played an important role in the political and military history of Scotland. As the historic seat of the Duke of Lauderdale, it has been home to the Maitland family for over 400 years. The history of the ground upon which Thirlestane Castle now stands dates back to at least the 12th Century. The central part of the present castle was completed in 1590, remodelled in the 1670s and then enlarged in the 1840s.
From the connection to Bonnie Prince Charlie to Mary Queen of Scots, engross yourself with the Castles' rich history. Discover some of the finest decorative plasterwork ceilings in Europe, as well as one of the most extensive family collections of portraits and busts in Scotland, fine furnishings, and Maitland family treasures.
Let one of Thirlestane Castle's experienced guides show you around the grand state rooms, and enjoy the recently opened Toy Museum ‘School Room’ featuring Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian toys.
All guests will be invited to enjoy a complimentary cup of tea and a treat with their guide once the tour is complete.
Grounds Passes can be purchased at our kiosk located on the main Castle drive and don’t forget to pick up a ‘wee mindin’ of your time at Thirlestane from our small castle gift shop.
Thirlestane Castle opens for public tours from the 2nd of May 2023 until the end of September 2023.
Guided Tours are approximately 1 hour and are available Tuesdays - Sundays. You can see the days and times available and book your tickets in advance by clicking on the date you are interested in booking.
Monty's GuideMarch 8, 2023 at 12:54 pm