Enter the ancient arched gateway of Borthwick Castle and you enter a hidden world of luxury and majestic style, steeped in 600 years of dramatic Scottish history. Borthwick Castle is described as 'the finest keep in Scotland' and has even played host to Mary, Queen of Scots on occasion. She famously leapt from a window in the castle disguised as a page to flee an army of pursuers.Enjoy exclusive use of the Castle and its grounds for special gatherings, luxurious family celebrations, holidays, weddings, and corporate events. With private hire comes the dedicated Castle team who will provide you with the warmest welcome, a highly professional service and a friendly personal touch. There are no set rules or menus, so we can bring your plans to life – whether that’s breakfast in bed, a personal whisky tasting, a fabulous feast in our great hall, golf at some of Scotland’s top courses or a tailor-made tour of Edinburgh’s historic landmarks.
Borthwick Castle is beautifully positioned near the A7 Borders Route, it is just 30 minutes from both Edinburgh city centre and Edinburgh Airport. Unforgettable memories will be made when you visit Borthwick Castle. It has been lovingly and superbly refurbished, retaining every bit of its medieval grandeur and atmosphere, but now with the modern comforts of a sumptuous home from home. There are eleven uniquely designed bedchambers with lavish bathrooms, magnificent yet intimate dining and lounge areas, roaring fires, breathtaking views and spiral staircases inviting exploration and adventure.
Day 1. You will be welcomed by a light lunch, after lunch that you'll have a first glimpse of your unforgettable home for the next 3 days. This night there will a Medieval Banquet. In costume. But don’t worry, we will pre-order the costumes and place them in the bedchambers. You will have the assistance the team of costumiers, hair and make up specialists so that you can feel really fantastic by 630 when you go to the State room with a champagne reception, you'll get to see when Mary Queen of Scots had her chapel before. You are piped into the great hall with traditional Scottish pipes and gasp at the opulent tables laid for an evening like never before.
Day 2. Breakfast. There is no rush. Even after a medieval banquet, a Scottish breakfast is the best way to prepare for a day of fresh air and unbeatable views. Scotland is famous for porridge, and they have a specialty porridge menu to find a way for everyone to enjoy it. Or a full Scottish breakfast with local specifically chosen meats and of course haggis and black pudding, for those who would like to try everything Scotland has to offer. Then, a wee dram , coats on and off to the helicopters. There is no better way to see the views of the firth of forth and the highlands than by helicopter. You will land beside Loch Lomond. Refreshments are awaiting you. A light lunch and then off walking and exploring, with a guide, or clay pigeon shooting with a relaxed and expert trainer. Back to the helicopters and Borthwick. A fiery welcome awaits as you are offered warming cocktails around an outdoor fire outside the castle. Then enjoy a sumptuous evening of fine dining with Roux trained chef.
Day 3. Breakfast. Again no rush. Take your time to relax then go on a tour of some of the history of Edinburgh and the local area. Of course, you are staying in part of Edinburgh’s history. Borthwick Castle dates from 1430. Edinburgh Castle dates back to more than 1000 years and is called one of the most attacked places in the world, still standing after 26 sieges. An Edinburgh tour is tailored to your interests. We can arrange a private tour of Roslyn chapel , made famous recently in the Dan Brown books and films. Visit Stewart Christie – the oldest tailors in Edinburgh and holders of the royal warrant – to choose some highland wear or a full kilt. Then come to Borthwick to finish the cut and fitting. In the evening, finish your day in Edinburgh withdinner in the Witchery, or at the restaurants of Tom Kitchen, Martin Wishart, Mark Greenaway or a Michelin start restaurant, The One.
Day 4: The longest breakfast – Relax and discuss the highlights of the trip. Before you depart, try some archery in the castle courtyard.