Aikwood Tower

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 6


Wedding Venue Recommended Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Walk to Village All Bedrooms En-Suite Ideal for Parties Stag/Hen Allowed

Aikwood Tower is different than most castles and country houses in Scotland. Its charm lies in its intimacy. Entering via the walled garden and west door, guests will see Aikwood Tower’s endearing quirks of architecture and craftsmanship, as the Kerry-handed (left turning) spiral staircase lies before them. 

The Great Hall, with a roaring fire and luxurious furnishings, provides a comfortable and informal atmosphere for guests to relax. Meal time conversations swirl around the vaulted ceiling of the dining room and kitchen. A small reading study with panelled ceiling offers tranquillity and a peaceful space to read.

A good night's rest is important, so all Aikwood Tower bedrooms have Duxiana beds, the most technologically advanced sleep system in the world.  There are four double bedrooms in the main tower, with the Master Bedroom as the highlight, and a fifth in the extending byre.

The lower floor of the open-plan byre provides ample function space for small wedding receptions, business meetings, celebratory dinners and other activities.  The upper floor is where modern-day conveniences can be found: TV, DVD player, and business facilities with relaxing lounge seating. Complimentary internet access is available throughout Aikwood Tower.

The southwest facing walled garden is a true delight. Whether soaking up the sun on the terrace, playing croquet on the lawn or picking apples from the orchards trees, the garden is a magical place to enjoy. It is also a secure environment for little ones to experience camping out under the stars.

Oliver Approved

What Oliver loves…

  • This is a 500 year old castle in beautiful countryside.
  • The castle is unique blend of ancient and modern.
  • You can be assured of peace blissful peace!

What you should know…

  • There are 62 steps to the top floor bedroom.

Property Features

Internet All Bedrooms En-Suite Games Room Indoor Games Outdoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating Conference Facilities

The exceptional sixteenth century Aikwood Tower has been lovingly renovated to accommodate up to ten guests in authentic, relaxing and comfortable surroundings.

Every castle has its own Great Hall, and while Aikwood Tower is modest in size, it is as warm and beautiful as any in the land. Dominated by its rare jogged lintel fireplace with unusual stonemason's markings, the Great Hall is the central room for converging with other guests and whittling away a fine evening of laughter, storytelling and debate.

With exquisite furnishings, plush textures, animal skins on the stone floor and a large basket of logs to keep the fire going, guests are thrust into a magical space to enjoy lively nights and create new memories.

While fellow guests may be busying themselves in the Great Hall, kitchen, garden or elsewhere, the Laird's Study provides the perfect space for enjoying a good book. The library of political biographies has been personally chosen by Lord Steel as examples of inspiring thinking and focus upon leaders of great will and determination.

Whether it’s your day’s catch or fine beef from the local award-winning butcher, Aikwood Tower’s fully equipped kitchen and dining room is a fabulous place to prepare and enjoy the finest ingredients from the Larder of Britain.

An array of cookbooks is available for guests to create fantastic meals.  A few classic recipes of Mrs Gladys Prickle, who entertained almost every day in this room, are certainly worth consideration.

The gallery situated above the laich hall is housed in the old byre extension to the main tower building. Thought to be almost as old as the tower itself, it is where the trappings of modern living can be found ensuring everyone’s entertained, no matter the weather.

With digital TV, DVD player and comfortable furniture to laze around on, kicking back to watch a late night film after a day in the great outdoors is a great way to unwind. There is also a desk, with laptop, for anyone needing to succumb to the necessities of modern day life. The gallery also houses a small bar for the mixologists among guests to shake up a fine martini or pour a warming dram.

The Laich Hall is named after the ancient Scots word for lower hall provides fun and games aplenty for houseguests and an inspiring function space for other events. From giant jenga to table tennis and monopoly to twister there is a mix of delightful pastimes to keep even the most competitive of guests busy.  Pianists are welcome to jump on the ivory keys of the upright piano and keep the household entertained.


About the surrounding area of Aikwood Tower
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Walking/Hiking Paths Rural Location Golf Nearby Stalking/Hunting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Aikwood Tower is located 40 miles south of Edinburgh in the heart of the Ettrick Forest and offers some of the finest shooting and fishing in Scotland, among many other leisure activities.

Aikwood Tower is truly blessed by its location. With Shooting Times regularly listing the neighbouring Bowhill Estate pheasant shoot as one of the country’s Top 10, and the River Tweed with its legendary salmon fishing flowing nearby, country sports enthusiasts will be in their element.

The rolling hills and woodland trails of the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys are perfect for walking, mountain biking or horse riding, and their rivers are ideal for kayaking. Maps and suggested trails are available to help guests navigate around the countryside, as are local guides who can point out the rich diversity of flora, fauna and wildlife, including the majestic ospreys that have recently returned to the region.

Just 30 minutes away is the mountain biking Mecca of Glentress Forest, the UK's leading mountain biking centre with its wide variety of trails and challenging downhill runs.

The fantastic championship golf courses of Roxburghe, a woodland course, and Cardrona, a woodland/parkland course, are both nearby. Tennis courts are just a 5 minute drive away as well.

If guests want a personal yoga session or soothing massage to ease away the day's exertions, local practitioners are available to come to Aikwood Tower and can be arranged if required.

Rich and varied in its history and culture, the Scottish borders have much to explore, from Melrose Abbey to Samye Ling Bhuddist temple and the local towns' summer common festivities, from riding to rugby tournaments. With Edinburgh just an hour drive away, a large array of city delights is within easy striking distance.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Edinburgh

(36-40 km)

Nearest Ferry port Leith

(51-60 km)

Nearest Village Ettrickbridge

(3 km)

Nearest Town/City Selkirk

(5 km)

Nearest Restaurant Selkirk

(5 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Ettrickbridge

(3 km)

Nearest Beach Scremerston

(71-80 km)

Nearest Golf Selkirk

(5 km)


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens Cot(s) High Chair(s) Toys

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • Welcome Hamper Included - with local ground coffee, jam, biscuits, a Selkirk bannock (our local cake delicacy), crisps, milk and some fresh breakfast products (eggs, sausages, bacon)

The house can recommend local caterers who are available to make the most sumptuous dinner.
- Full Scottish Breakfast £14 pp.
- Lunch from £16 pp.
- Dinner from £55 pp.

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests.  If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can usually help you arrange any of the following:

- Cook/catering

- Maid service/extra cleaning

- Local day-trips or tours

- Airport pick-up/drop-off

- Babysitting service

- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.

Enjoy gourmet dining experiences with our new Chef Service!
We’re now offering our customers the chance to enjoy some unforgettable eats with our new Chef Service! Choose from booking a single sumptuous meal with a private chef for that special occasion, or hire a chef to cook your meals for all or part of your holiday - it’s as flexible as it is delicious.

A) Single Meal Service: A chef will travel to this villa and whip up a fantastic meal for you and your guests. The chef will arrive with all the necessary ingredients as well as the talent to turn them into something unforgettable. They’ll serve the meal and clear up afterwards - an easy and entertaining way to enjoy a top quality meal in your very own villa!

B) Full Chef Service: If you really want to kick back and relax, we can arrange for a chef to cater for the duration of your holiday (or part of it). With a range of options from simple family catering to full-on haute cuisine, we can organise a meal plan and a price to suit your needs. So why worry about self-catering when you can have everything taken care of?

Of course, before booking this service, we suggest you contact the property owner as they might already offer a similar cook or chef service in-house. To find out more simply visit

Event information

Weddings have a special place in Aikwood Tower’s history, with the original stone carving celebrating the marriage of Robert Scott of Aikwood and Elspeth Murray of Elibank in 1602s.

At Aikwood Towers, the big day is sure to live up to all expectations, creating a memorable occasion that will be remembered forever. Whether looking for a religious or civil ceremony or civil partnership, the recommended wedding planner, Lindsey Hunter, can help guests create a day to remember. She has extensive insight into the best local suppliers, from florists to photographers and beauticians to bands. She will be as hands-on or hands-off as the couple desires. 

Aikwood Tower is ideal for intimate weddings with up to 60 guests. For larger weddings, a marquee can be erected on the courtyard. While accommodation at Aikwood Tower is limited, the owners have excellent relationships with local hoteliers and B&Bs who can provide special rates for other guests.

Corporate Events
As any HR consultant will say, when taking time away from the office for team bonding, strategic planning or board meetings, it is important to locate an inspiring venue to focus the mind and promote creative thinking.

Aikwood Tower provides the beauty, peace and facilities to run an inspiring and rewarding business gathering. With high quality audiovisual equipment, ample breakout space for brainstorming and a number of motivational activities available, Aikwood Tower offers all that would be expected from a city centre business hotel, and so much more.

There is a wide selection of innovative events and performances that will be sure to make guests' time an extraordinary and memorable occasion.

Estimated rental rates, subject to change depending on requirements:
30 people     £2200
50 people     £3500
80 people     £4500

Terms & Conditions

Security deposit Credit card details. £500 deposit required at the time of booking.
Arrival time 16.00
Departure time 11.00
Energy costs included? Included.
Linen & towels included? Included.
Pets welcome? Yes, but not in bedrooms.
Changeover day Any weekday.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the property.
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
Other Ts and Cs Weekend bookings are for three nights, Friday to Monday. Midweek stays from £550 per night (minimum 2 nights), Weekly stays are Friday to Friday. Please enquire for details.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
June 23rd 2018 - June 29th 2018 £2,024.00 £2,237.00 £2,556.00
June 29th 2018 - August 31st 2018 £2,343.00 £2,556.00 £2,982.00
August 31st 2018 - November 2nd 2018 - £2,024.00 £2,556.00
November 2nd 2018 - December 21st 2018 - £1,491.00 £2,024.00
December 21st 2018 - January 1st 2019 - - £6,390.00
January 1st 2019 - January 4th 2019 - - £5,790.00
January 4th 2019 - January 11th 2019 - - £3,987.00
January 11th 2019 - April 1st 2019 £2,077.00 £2,099.00 £2,184.00
April 1st 2019 - July 1st 2019 £2,184.00 £2,290.00 £2,716.00
July 1st 2019 - September 16th 2019 £2,503.00 £2,631.00 £3,142.00
September 16th 2019 - November 1st 2019 £2,184.00 £2,258.00 £2,556.00
November 1st 2019 - December 20th 2019 £1,651.00 £1,758.00 £2,184.00
December 20th 2019 - December 25th 2019 - - £6,018.00

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
June 23rd 2018 - June 29th 2018 €2,211.00 €2,424.00 €2,793.00
June 29th 2018 - August 31st 2018 €2,561.00 €2,774.00 €3,259.00
August 31st 2018 - November 2nd 2018 - €2,211.00 €2,793.00
November 2nd 2018 - December 21st 2018 - €1,630.00 €2,211.00
December 21st 2018 - January 1st 2019 - - €6,982.00
January 1st 2019 - January 4th 2019 - - €6,326.00
January 4th 2019 - January 11th 2019 - - €4,356.00
January 11th 2019 - April 1st 2019 €2,270.00 €2,291.00 €2,386.00
April 1st 2019 - July 1st 2019 €2,386.00 €2,492.00 €2,968.00
July 1st 2019 - September 16th 2019 €2,735.00 €2,863.00 €3,433.00
September 16th 2019 - November 1st 2019 €2,386.00 €2,460.00 €2,793.00
November 1st 2019 - December 20th 2019 €1,804.00 €1,911.00 €2,386.00
December 20th 2019 - December 25th 2019 - - €6,575.00

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
June 23rd 2018 - June 29th 2018 $2,568.00 $2,781.00 $3,243.00
June 29th 2018 - August 31st 2018 $2,973.00 $3,186.00 $3,784.00
August 31st 2018 - November 2nd 2018 - $2,568.00 $3,243.00
November 2nd 2018 - December 21st 2018 - $1,892.00 $2,568.00
December 21st 2018 - January 1st 2019 - - $8,108.00
January 1st 2019 - January 4th 2019 - - $7,345.00
January 4th 2019 - January 11th 2019 - - $5,058.00
January 11th 2019 - April 1st 2019 $2,635.00 $2,657.00 $2,770.00
April 1st 2019 - July 1st 2019 $2,770.00 $2,877.00 $3,446.00
July 1st 2019 - September 16th 2019 $3,176.00 $3,304.00 $3,987.00
September 16th 2019 - November 1st 2019 $2,770.00 $2,845.00 $3,243.00
November 1st 2019 - December 20th 2019 $2,095.00 $2,201.00 $2,770.00
December 20th 2019 - December 25th 2019 - - $7,635.00

Owner Profile

Property Owner

How long have you owned the property?
4 years.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
We bought Aikwood Tower from Rory's parents, David and Judy, who undertook the original restoration. It was important to us that it stayed in the family, so that we and many more people could enjoy its peace, tranquility and perfect space for having fun!

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
Lots! Aikwood Tower is steeped in history - it even features in one of Sir Walter Scott's novels.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Lord David Steel undertook the original restoration and lived at Aikwood Tower for twenty years. During this time he played host to many UK and international statesmen and politicians.

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?

If you can tear yourself away from the fire, then there's clay-pigeon shooting, riding, amazing walks and fishing all our doorstep.

Really eat?
At The Cross Keys in Ancrum.

Really see?
The Selkirk Common Riding in June.

Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Mind your head! People were evidently much shorter in the 16th century when Aikwood Tower was built so some of the doorways are quite low.



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  • Breathtaking

    Posted by Ken on 17/04/2018

    Aikwood Tower in the glorious border region is an absolute gem of a place for a family gathering. It is a historic and impressive building by anyone's standards, but also wonderfully well equipped, with every comfort for visitors. It’s also, as you can imagine, a very robust setting for families. You are not walking on eggshells or over worried about the décor or arriving back from walks with muddy wellies etc. so ideal for our big group, plus the two dogs. The gardens are lovely as is all of the surrounding countryside. Cycling opportunities are many and varied from the front door - the borders really are one of the best areas of GB for cycling both on and off road. Little traffic and courteous drivers - the local people were very friendly and Selkirk has some excellent shops and sufficient supermarkets. An excellent butcher too. We went to a concert at Haining House Selkirk and it was obviously set up and organised by a local group who are helping with the hall and grounds - again, really nice people taking a pride in their community. The train from Tweed Bank to Edinburgh was well used by some of our guests and what good value it is on a lovely stretch of line. Edinburgh is less than an hour away and its far easier and cheaper than driving for a day return. There are lots of other attractions in the area but we had a lot of fun just staying in and around our stronghold! Everything was really well prepared and Tina was most welcoming on arrival. Vicki was so helpful also and we felt as if they wanted us to have a nice time and weren't listing rules and regulations. We had lovely flowers and Easter eggs and chocolates all round. Plus, some fantastic local bacon and sausage. We really enjoyed our stay despite the weather but then again, the hills looked lovely in the snow!

  • Marvellous

    Posted by Jill on 20/03/2018

    Beautiful castle stay, surprisingly affordable yet still felt wonderfully decadent. Would highly recommend Oliver's Travels and will be booking again.

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