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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Elegant plasterwork interiors
Sir William Bruce was one of a new breed of 'gentleman architects'. Bruce called in Robert Mylne, the royal Master Mason, to provide the actual building know-how. One wonders just how much was done by Bruce and how much by Mylne. Whoever made the final decisions, a new castle began to take place under Bruce's authority, a symphony in Scottish baronial style; the tower house was rebuilt to form a six-storey block with projecting circular turrets in an arrangement that is unique in Scotland.
Our family stayed just a few miles down the road for a wonderful week in summer. We drove past the entrance to Thirlestane again and again over the first few days of our stay, but we always seemed to be going somewhere else. Finally, one dreary and rather cold day we decided to visit. I wish we hadn't waited.
At first glance Thirlestane appeared to my eyes to be Victorian, but the longer I looked the more obvious it became that this was no mock fairy tale castle, but the real thing, albeit rather 'retouched' during the 19th century. But my word, the interiors are wonderful. I loved exploring the castle, and our children really enjoyed the toy collection in the museum. We had a wonderful visit.
About Thirlestane Castle
Address: Lauder, Borders, Scotland, TD2 6RU
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: Off the A68 or B6362 at Lauder
Website: Thirlestane Castle
Phone: 01578 722 430
Historic Houses Association
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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