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  • A well maintained and peaceful park just a stroll away from Lauder.

Thirlestane Castle Caravan Park is a 4 star park, beautifully situated in the Scottish Borders, within the Estate of Thirlestane Castle and by the winding river Leader. Where else can you wake up with a Castle as your Neighbour?

Thirlestane Castle Caravan Park is a friendly and family run site favoured by those wishing to shed the skin of the modern world. We have space coupled with peace and quiet - somewhat rare these days, and are going to great lengths to protect this. If you love walking, cycling, fishing, riding, historic houses, shopping in Edinburgh or just quality family time then Thirlestane Castle Caravan park is the perfect place for you. The Park caters for Holiday Home owners, Tourers and Campers and provides visitors with a spectacular base from which to explore the many attractions of the Scottish Borders. We are within walking distance of our local town Lauder, where you will find pubs, restaurants and shops.

Site Facilities include:
• Modern toilet and washing facilities
• Disabled and family bathroom
• WiFi *new for 2015
• Overnight late night parking *new for 2015
• Electric hook-ups
• Discounted access to Castle & Grounds
• Laundry and drying facilities
• Food preparation, dish washing facilities, fridge & freezer
• Eating out facilities and shops within 1 mile
• On bus route to Edinburgh city centre
• Direct access to Southern Upland Way
• Pets welcome

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Handy site with friendly staff and clean facilities. 22/10/2017


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    Ideally situated in Lauder village with good amenities.The castle looked really nice. The staff on the caravan site were very friendly and helpful. The static caravans area looked good. The site itself is in a lovely location .


    The hard standing pitches for caravan and motorhomes were very narrow. When you stepped down you were on the grass which was very wet and muddy.
    With the touring caravans the cars were parked in front of the vans so you were looking in to your car instead of over the site.
    I think if a bit of money was spent in widening the pitches where you could step down and be able to sit out at the side of the vans without getting muddy would make a huge difference . Also most of the vans are looking straight over to each other , there again I think if the pitches were staggered it would be so much nicer ,
    The lighting round the site at night was very poor.
    The ladies toilets and shower block looked really nice but so cold with no heating .
    With just a few improvements I think this site could go from a fairly basic site to something really nice.

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Hard standings

Motorhome service point

Seasonal pitches

Tourer storage facilities


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed



Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby


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  • Thirlestane Castle, Lauder, Eyemouth, Berwickshire, Scotland, TD2 6RU
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 55.7223°N 2.7450°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Stow (Galashiels): Townfoot Coach Stop — 5.0 miles
Fountainhall (Scottish Borders): Coach Stop — 6.7 miles
Galashiels Bus Station — 7.6 miles
Train stations
Prestonpans Rail Station — 18.3 miles
Wallyford Rail Station — 18.4 miles
Longniddry Rail Station — 18.4 miles
Ferry ports
Leith Newhaven Harbour Ferry Landing — 25.1 miles
Edinburgh Airport — 28.7 miles


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

For a camping and caravan location it simply doesn't get much better than this. The park is set In the idyllic grounds of Thirlestane Castle - a magnificent 16th Century Castle and family home of the Duke of Lauderdale. Thirlestane Castle is one of the oldest and finest castles in Scotland and still remains a family home to the Maitland family today. During the summer months Thirlestane Castle and grounds are open to visitors and guests at the Caravan Park get a 20% a discount on entry fee - check out the website for Castle opening hours. There is an adventure playground for the kids and a warm and friendly Tea Room which serves a tasty selection of drinks, sandwiches and home baking.

The Borders has much to offer including many other historical homes and buildings - Melrose Abbey, Traquair House, Mellerstain and Abbotsford. Activities available close at hand include fishing and several golf courses, and the Southern Upland Way can be accessed within just 300 metres.

The towns of Melrose, Selkirk, Hawick, Peebles, Galashiels, Kelso and Jedburgh are all close at hand, while those wishing to visit Edinburgh for the day will appreciate the convenient journey time by car of just 45 minutes or 1 hour by direct bus, and now with Stow train station only 5 minutes drive away.

Children love it too with most local attractions having childrens programs such as Paxton House, Floors Castle and Edinburgh Castle. The local towns too all have special places for small people, watch out for "Pot a doodle doo" near Berwick, The Donkey Sanctuary near Melrose and an amazing adventure park in Selkirk. Check out The Maltings a great little Theatre and Cinema or perhaps pet a friendly shark! We are just kidding! but you can see them at The Deep Aqaurium in Edinburgh.

Must see

  • Palace of Holyroodhouse (23.0 miles)
  • Our Dynamic Earth (23.0 miles)
  • Mercat Tours (Edinburgh Walks) (23.2 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.


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