Exclusive Use Only

Borthwick Castle

Borthwick Castle is a beautifully restored fortress that was once home to Mary Queen of Scots, just 12 miles from Edinburgh. With 600 years of dramatic Scottish history behind its ancient arched gateway, guests can enjoy a stay full of grandeur and romance. Offering 12 bedchambers with an emphasis on warm, personal service, it is an ideal venue for celebrations, weddings and exclusive use events.

Perfect for guests seeking a stay full of history, drama and breathtaking views.

  • Nearest Transport
  • Edinburgh Airport - 20 miles, 40 minutes
  • Edinburgh Waverley - 16 miles, 35 minutes
  • Glasgow Airport - 65 miles 1 hour and 35 minutes
  • Nearest Attractions
  • Edinburgh Royal Mile – 12 miles, 35 minutes
  • Crichton Castle – 2 miles, 5 minutes
  • Gullane Links – 21 miles, 40 minutes
  • Arthur’s Seat – 16 miles, 35 minutes

5 Reasons to Stay

  1. Rooms bursting with drama and personality
  2. A castle of your own in the Scottish countryside
  3. Multi award-winning, Roux-trained Head Chef
  4. Refurbished period features such as authentic four poster beds
  5. One of the most original exclusive-use venues in the country

About the Castle

Borthwick Castle is a 15th-century venue that today operates on an exclusive-use basis. There are no set rules or menus, so they specialise in bringing your plans to life – whether that’s breakfast in bed, a personal whisky tasting, a fabulous feast in the great hall, golf at some of Scotland’s top courses or a tailor-made tour of Edinburgh’s historic landmarks. A dedicated exclusive-use team provides the warmest welcome, discreet professional service and that essential personal touch.


There are twelve bedchambers within the Castle, including twins and doubles. They also have Crookston Cottage, that sleeps up to four guests, and the newly refurbished Gatehouse, that sleeps a further two guests, situated on the grounds.


Multi-award-winning, Roux-trained Head Chef, Derek Johnstone heads up the fantastic, in-house catering team. They host four Dining Clubs a year along with various other Dining Experiences. The dining events are a truly memorable experience where guests join for a sumptuous five-course meal inspired by seasonal, local produce.

Exclusive Use

Borthwick Castle is available for private hire. 

Castle Details

At a Glance
  • Check-in time: 2pm 
  • Check-out time: 11am
  • Dogs allowed
  • Free parking


  • 12 bedchambers within the Castle, including twins and doubles
  • Crookston Cottage for a small family
  • The Gatehouse for luxurious independence (and a two ton marble bath)
  • Wizards Tower for an authentic castle feel
In-room Services
  • Spiral staircases
  • Lavish en-suite bathrooms
  • Magnificent yet intimate dining and lounge areas
  • Roaring fires
  • Stunning views
  • Plush bedding
  • Dining Club - an exclusive evening beginning with cocktails in the State Room followed by a seasonally inspired dinner
  • The Castle Wine Cellar - with some of Scotland’s finest single malt whiskies as well as selected small-batch Scottish gins and local craft beers
  • The 1430 Signature Cocktail - the exclusive cocktail menu includes their 1430 cocktail, inspired by tradition and infused with wonderful, fresh flavours 
Borthwick Castle Banquets
  • Guests are transported to the Middle Ages
  • Medieval style banqueting
  • Endless courses of hearty foods, local ales and fine wines 
  • Set in the Castle’s Great Hall with a roaring fire
  • Scottish game
  • Expertly crafted traditional pies
  • Suckling pig
  • Traditional desserts
  • Lavish table decorations
Afternoon Tea
  • Selection of sandwiches, savouries, scones and cakes
  • Finest teas or chilled Champagne
  • Set and served in the opulent State Room with plush sofas, beautiful views and our baby grand piano
  • Twelve uniquely designed bedchambers
  • Intimate dining and lounge areas
  • Roaring fires
  • Period spiral staircases
  • Lawn space perfect for a variety of outdoor activities
  • Inspirational experiences
  • Castle Banquets
  • Exclusive Use
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Castle Cellar Wine and Whisky tastings
On Site Activities
  • Private whisky tastings
  • Seasonal dining club
  • Bespoke team building events
  • Corporate incentive programmes
Off Site Activities
  • Walking in Pentland National Park
  • Private hiking tours 
  • Fishing nearby
  • Visit East Lothian, Scotland's 'golf coast'
  • Tour Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city
  • 'Mary, Queen of Scots' Dining Experience
  • Private Glenkinchie distillery tour
Main Contact

Borthwick Castle
North Middleton 
EH23 4QY

01875 820 514