Borthwick Castle, a Most Regal Wedding Setting


Borthwick Castle, Scotland’s finest fifteenth century keep and an unmatched exclusive private hire location is carving a niche for wedding couples around the globe seeking to create an unforgettable wedding for themselves and their guests. To mark this year’s duet of Royal weddings, couples seeking a truly memorable occasion may enjoy two-day private hire of the 12-bedchamber Borthwick Castle from £54,000.

Borthwick Castle has hosted weddings since 1458 and is richly entwined with Scottish and British history having provided refuge for Mary, Queen of Scots, and canon balled by Oliver Cromwell of which the damage to the East wall can still be seen today. It is now a remarkable exclusive hire venue offering the highest standards of guest-centred service, exceptional hospitality and sumptuous privacy in proximity to the Scottish capital.

The specialist bridal team at Borthwick Castle can stage civil or religious ceremonies in the grandeur of The Garrison at the top of the castle keep, or in any of the enigmatic spots within the noble walls or the castle garden. Commanding breathtaking views of the Scottish landscape, the castle affords total privacy even for outdoor events. For a kirk and keep experience, neighbouring Borthwick parish church can be accompanied with the castle for the big day.

The high-vaulted Great Hall on the ground floor of the keep is ideal for a wedding banquet at any time of the year, adorned with antique armour and furnishings and enjoying its own bar. The bride and groom can easily slip away to enjoy the quiet Minstrel’s Gallery which overlooks the Great Hall whilst their guests celebrate below.

The sumptuous State Room is a charming and opulent space for a drinks reception before or after the ceremony, or as a more informal setting to receive guests.

Each keep bedchamber has retained its authenticity whilst careful thought was given to 21st century modern luxuries that the savvy traveller expects.

On hand from the very beginning is an expert wedding team to ensure every wish comes true, seamlessly and without fuss, whilst Executive Chef, Derek Johnston creates suitably indulgent wedding feasts from seasonal and locally-sourced providers. Vintage champagne and fine wines are served alongside cocktails, local craft beers, and whiskies from Scotland’s finest distillers.

A wedding at Borthwick Castle includes:*

• Two nights and two days exclusive use of Borthwick Castle
• 12 en-suite bedchambers to accommodate up to 26 guests
• Dedicated wedding coordinator to ensure all the finer details of the wedding work seamlessly on the day, from hair and beauty specialists, to registrar and the band
• A glass of Champagne upon arrival for the Bride and Groom and their guests
• A truly bespoke wedding banquet, designed by Executive Chef, Derek Johnston using seasonal ingredients, many showcasing Scotland’s rich larder
• Chauffeur transfers from and to Edinburgh Airport for all guests
• Cake stand and sword

Lovingly restored to a sumptuous level of contemporary comfort, the attention to detail at Borthwick Castle is incomparable. Quintessentially Scottish, the keep delivers the highest levels of luxury and style. Only 12 miles from Edinburgh city centre, guests may arrive from the local railway station, just 10 minutes away, or Edinburgh Airport, just 25 minutes’ drive, in a liveried six-seat Land Rover Discovery; private helicopter transfers can also be arranged, weather permitting.

Scottish touches, to ensure the big day is truly memorable, include kilted pipers to welcome the bridal couple, whisky toasts or tastings, falconry displays and the Saltire proudly flying atop the keep.

Prices for exclusive private hire of Borthwick Castle for a 2018 wedding for up to 26 guests start from £54,000 for two nights.

*Borthwick Castle can accommodate up to 85 day guests. Price is based on 26 guests.

For more information, visit Borthwick Castle’s page

FIngal in Edinburgh

Luxury Scotland Newsletter – March 2018

LUXURY SCOTLAND March Newsletter

This month I am delighted to bring you details of a quite remarkable development set to enhance Edinburgh’s luxury hotel market in 2018.

‘Fingal’ is a former Northern Lighthouse Board ship now being transformed through a £3.5m investment into Edinburgh’s first stunning floating hotel with stylish accommodation and ‘best in class’ customer service.

Berthed in Edinburgh’s historic Port of Leith and neighbour to the famous Royal Yacht Britannia, accommodation on board ‘Fingal’ includes a spectacular ballroom, 23 luxury cabins and first class venue facilities. With such a ideal waterside location and only minutes from the heart of Scotland’s historic capital city, ‘Fingal’ promises a unique guest experience.

Elsewhere in Luxury Scotland, we have several exciting news items including the enhanced Kohler Waters Spa which opens at St Andrews Old Course Hotel after an extensive multi-million pound refurbishment, the first Gin Weekend at Knockinaam Lodge, an Early Bird ‘Summer’ Offer from Airds Hotel and an exciting 3 Course Golf Experience in Aberdeenshire featuring three world class Scottish links golf courses

With Spring just around the corner we hope we can entice you to savour some of the special promotions from our Luxury Scotland hotels.

Wishing you an enjoyable time during March.

Jeremy and Chico

Jeremy Hawkings, Chief Executive,
Luxury Scotland.



Kohler Waters Spa at Old Course Hotel Spa

Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews has reopened following an extensive multi-million refurbishment. As the only Kohler Waters Spa outside the USA, it offers a stunning luxury spa retreat in the heart of Scotland with a focus on hydrotherapy and organic treatments.


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Gin Weekend at Knockinaam Lodge

This April Knockinaam celebrates the wonders of GIN with a 2 night Gin Weekend on 20th/21st April. The event includes tutored gin tastings, visits to award winning gin distillery, two gourmet dinners in Knockinaam’s award winning restaurant and accommodation for the two nights.


3 Night Early Bird ‘Summer’ Offer from Airds Hotel

Are you seeking a summer haven, glorious landscapes, idyllic walks, gourmet dining and exquisite rooms? Airds Hotel on Scotland’s West Coast has the perfect offer – a 3 night break including dinner each night, full Scottish Breakfast, luxury accommodation topped of with a complimentary Cream Tea on the day of your choice.


3 Course Ultimate Golf Experience

Experience three of the world’s finest links golf courses in the glorious setting of Scotland’s North East Coast. Based at Trump International Golf Links, ideally based within close distance of all three courses, guests will enjoy three nights of superb hospitality at the five-star MacLeod House & Lodge.