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Last update: May 2024

Luxuriously romantic, Borthwick Castle is nestled within the beautiful landscape of Midlothian in the Lothian & Borders region of Scotland. This area of the Scottish hills and 600 years of dramatic history await you and your guests, providing a magical backdrop to your wedding.

Facilities and Capacity

Borthwick Castle will be exclusively yours on your special day. The surrounding grounds within the Castle walls set the ideal scene for your festivities as well as providing stunning views and numerous photo opportunities. The magnificent Great Hall, Garrison, and Stateroom are all licensed for religious, humanist and civil ceremonies and partnerships. The Castle can accommodate up to 80 guests for your wedding for the whole day.

Our friendly team will ensure all your guests are warmly greeted as they arrive at the Castle. They can enjoy the stunning surroundings, sip a glass of champagne and meet new friends and old ones before the ceremony begins. All our brides are given a room where they can make final preparations before their entrance into the ceremony room. Once the formalities are complete, everyone can relax and enjoy the very best of Scottish hospitality; dining, dancing and creating wonderful memories.

After a truly magnificent wedding, you and your guests who are spending the night at the Castle can relax and unwind with a wee dram in front of the fire before heading off to your sumptuous bedrooms, which have been prepared by our housekeeping team. The following morning you can have a leisurely start by enjoying a delicious full Scottish Breakfast in the Great Hall and reliving the highlights of your fantastic wedding day.

Services Offered

We understand that every wedding is unique. We will work with you to ensure your day is designed to suit your exact requirements, personalising your day and realising your hopes and dreams. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be on hand every step of the way to assist in booking any additional requirements you may have and ensuring your wedding is truly unforgettable. We will be able to assist and advise you on booking any additional requirements for your Wedding, from a lone piper to a full Ceilidh Band, activities to floral decorations and bouquets. Each one of the 12 uniquely designed bedchambers comes paired with an en-suite bathroom and is designed to o­ffer guests a relaxing and indulgent experience. We can also provide details of any additional local accommodation required for extra guests, along with transfers to and from Borthwick Castle. We will ensure that you really can relax and enjoy your day.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Castle
Historic
Landmark
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Borthwick Castle

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Michelle T. Sent on 11/06/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Best decision I ever made.

Borthwick Castle is the wedding venue that every little girl dreams about. My (now) husband and I are based in Boston, MA USA and we booked the castle without ever having visited Scotland (or Borthwick) in person. We knew we wanted to get married in a UK castle (ideally Scotland due to the history and culture) and decided on Borthwick from the pictures, online reviews and research I conducted on Scottish castle wedding venues. Borthwick stood out from the rest for a many reasons, but mainly the distance from Edinburgh (an international airport), the amount of people who can stay in the castle overnight (26, but 28 if you use the daybeds), how stunning the inside of the castle is and all the awards they win each year. I looked at multiple other venues, but couldn't get Borthwick out of my mind. When we got engaged I reached out to them and was connected to Aine who I worked with over the next year and a half of wedding planning. Aine was absolutely outstanding throughout the entire process. We exchanged well over two hundred emails, a video tour of the castle, a few zooms and an in person visit to handle all the tastings and such. A lot of people were shocked when I told them I booked a wedding in a country I had never been to at a venue I've never seen in person, but I never felt worried about it due to the help and support I received from Aine. No question went unanswered and no request was too "in the weeds." Aine helped me with everything.

When we arrived at Borthwick, with about 50 guests on Sunday, we were greeted by Borthwick staff at our shuttle bus with umbrellas and reassurance that we didn't need to touch any of our luggage. It would all be handled by the staff. We arranged for Sunday afternoon to have a Highland Games (arranged with Reel Time Events) and I was very worried all morning about the rain/flooding, but when we arrived the Borthwick staff had already worked with Reel Time to move the games inside the castle. I didn't need to do a thing! This was a theme during the entire Borthwick experience. I walked into the castle with the games set up and staff following me with guests luggage. We didn't need to touch the luggage during our entire stay with staff bringing them up and down the stairs for us. All we needed to do was enjoy. We played the games inside and after we were done, dinner was served! There was not a shred of food leftover, that's how good the food was! Everyone was thrilled and came up to me personally to compliment the food. The ice cream sandwiches were particularly amazing in my opinion. After dinner some of my guests were supposed to board a shuttle to their hotel and they were not wanting to leave Borthwick! Seriously, they wouldn't leave. Aine and the staff informed me they were trying to negotiate with the shuttle driver to come back later and asked me if I was okay with this. After I told Aine no the guests needed to leave for the evening Borthwick handled it for me! I thought I'd need to go and deal with my guests, but no! Borthwick staff was the best, they handled it without making me the bad guy. Above and beyond. That's the level of service you receive at Borthwick. They handle everything. We then had a dessert bar for the Borthwick guests. Quick side note, Borthwick takes allergies very seriously. I had a few allergy burdened guests and they had special options for them and were open to all my suggestions. For example, I asked for chocolate mouse for my GF guest and they said sure, no problem. They are extremely accommodating. Staff were there to assist us at all hours, including a man to light the fires in our rooms at night. Elegance and luxury all the way.

On the wedding morning, in the Gatehouse/bridal suite, breakfast arrived for me (and some of my bridal party) served in closhes. It was delicious, of course. And sandwiches arrived for lunch, with one custom made for me as requested. Aine arrived to help with day-of arrangements and updates on what was happening with the groom/groomsmen. I was moved throughout the day from thing to thing by Aine and our amazing photographers (Ryan White Photography), following the wedding schedule, without needing to look at my phone or watch the entire day. I only knew what time it was from memorizing my schedule. Aine handled everything, including making sure staff with canape trays came outside to the bridal party during photos to ensure we were fed. Get the mushroom tarts. Seriously, I ate eight of them. The staff were absolutely flawless. Dinner was outstanding with every guest fully cleaning their plates. I'm still hearing about the purple sauce for the venison two weeks later! We then had cake (made to look like Borthwick Castle by Liggys), dancing and finally an evening buffet.

I had people approaching me all day to compliment the venue, the food and the staff! My husband was so happy he grabbed me and told me it was the best day of his life (which with his mother recently passing was a very big deal as he said it was going to be a bittersweet day without her there). My guests told me it was like walking into a fairytale and the best wedding they have ever been to (or will go to!) Multiple people told me to quit my job and become a wedding planner. Little do they know, Aine was the mastermind behind the strings. She made me a legend among my friends and family. If you are thinking about being a Borthwick Bride, stop thinking and DO IT! You won't regret it. I had guests trying to pay Aine to stay more nights there and my bridal party asking if we can all rent it out again in a couple years. My bridesmaid who got married a month before me (at the Boston Fairmont Copley Plaza, a very fancy hotel in Boston) said the day after the wedding that during the wedding she considered getting divorced so she can get married again at Borthwick this time. Seriously. Thank you for everything Borthwick, its forever my happy place.
Ellen
Ellen P. Sent on 07/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

A perfect wedding venue!

I have nothing but positive feedback for Borthwick Castle. We wanted to have a destination wedding in Scotland (we're based in the US) and lucked out with choosing Borthwick as a venue and with Aine as our wedding planner. It was incredibly easy to work with them over emails/zooms and Aine did a lot of the leg work to coordinate with our vendors since we weren't local. And the execution of the wedding was flawless; there is nothing we can think of that we would have improved over our experience. The castle and it's staff is a five-star experience with high levels of service, professionalism, and outright kindness. You won't regret choosing this venue for your wedding!
Esme
Esme B. Sent on 25/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best Wedding Day Ever!

The team at Borthwick were fanstastic and ensured the day ran smoothly. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a traditional setting that feels both grand and intimate. Such a special place, we couldn't have wished for a better venue for our wedding day.
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Kitty L. Sent on 22/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Magical venue, amazing staff

Our wedding at Borthwick Castle was nothing short of magical, and we owe it all to Amy and her incredible team. From the moment we started planning, Amy's expertise and attention to detail were evident. She seamlessly coordinated every aspect of our special day, ensuring that everything ran smoothly and flawlessly. The venue itself is breathtaking, but Amy's dedication and passion truly elevated the experience. Her warmth, professionalism, and ability to handle every detail allowed us to relax and savor every moment. Our heartfelt thanks to Amy and the entire Borthwick Castle team for making our wedding an unforgettable dream come true.
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Elizabeth T. Sent on 29/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The most incredibly ROMANTIC wedding venue ever!

My husband and I celebrated our marriage with family and friends a few weeks ago at Borthwick Castle and it was simply the most incredible day of our lives. We have had so many compliments from our friends stating that it was the best wedding they have ever attended; the castle, the grounds, the food it was everything we dreamt of and more! Amy was simply wonderful, from the first time we spoke on the phone, our two visits to the castle prior and her immaculate wedding planning skills meant the most stress free day and there was very little we needed to arrange in the run up as she had it all under control. I just wish we could relive it all over again. Borthwick castle will remain in our hearts forever and we cannot wait to attend one of their tasting menu events they will hold next year. Thank you Amy and the team!!
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Tyler Sent on 16/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Venue

What can we say about a wedding at Borthwick? It was perfect.

We had almost no ideas when we set out to plan the wedding. Or a million ideas and nothing concrete. The moment we stepped inside Borthwick - the first venue on a list of many we were going to visit - we knew we’d get married there. We wanted a medieval castle that somehow both felt like a castle and like a luxury hotel; modern in the ways that mattered, but castle-y in every other possible way. Borthwick met that goal and then went way beyond it. The dining hall is spectacular. The ceremony space is gorgeous. Spending time on the lawn outside makes you feel like you’re in some kind of fantasy show.

And what could we say to do justice to the service? Our coordinator at the castle - Amy - was simply flawless. Not only did she handle almost a year’s worth of our constant questioning and requests with absolute aplomb, but when there were issues on the day of the wedding, she would come to us with a solution already worked out. Amy is one of the most professional and capable people I have worked with in any capacity and we could not recommend her enough.

We could go on. In the interest of space, we’ll just add that the chef’s team was absolutely phenomenal. We had *highly* bespoke requests and fantasized about a Michelin-quality dinner for our wedding. They delivered, and then some.

Ten out of ten. Eleven out of ten, even! Absolutely fantastic job by everyone at Borthwick and we could not recommend them more strongly.
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Shruti Sent on 17/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Superb wedding venue!!!

In the moments we drove up from the church to our first step in the main hall, we knew Borthwick Castle was the place we wanted to get married. The venue offered us the elegance, authenticity and intimacy we wanted for our wedding day. Each room is breath-taking – unique and beautifully decorated.

All the staff were professional, friendly and helpful at all times. We were looked after from when we made an enquiry to the day of the wedding. Northing was too much trouble at any time for anyone. Jamie our wedding co-ordinator in particular was outstanding. He worked very well with us to organise the wedding, and took care of everything on the day. We didn’t have to worry about a single thing, and could enjoy ourselves. We were also fortunate to work closely with the chefs to create a bespoke menu to cater for our Asian-Scot heritage. They were happy to accommodate all our dietary requests and requirements, and the food was excellent. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed it!

Thank you to everyone at Borthwick for our amazing day. There are not enough words to describe how you helped us have the wedding celebration we had always hoped for. We, our family and close friends have wonderful memories of our wedding day to cherish for years and years to come.

Shruti & Adnan married 12th January 2019 at Borthwick Castle
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Chris Sent on 17/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Stunning location, incredible team

We got married at Borthwick in June 2019. It's a beautiful setting, inside and out, but the staff really put it above any other venue I've attended or worked at. From planning the wedding through to the execution and follow up, they were willing to help out with any and all tasks and provided an impeccable level of service, while simultaneously being amazingly accommodating. They even helped us get everyone home at the end of the night when the coach didn't turn up, including ferrying people in their own cars.

The castle and its grounds are the perfect wedding venue - with the three-tier setup of the Garrison, State Room, Great Hall and Lawn, there are separate spaces for each element of the day which keeps things flowing and minimises setup stress. This was aided by every member of staff being polite, helpful and excellent at managing the guests. Decor in both the reception and bedrooms is stunning.

The food is exceptional, the drinks selection excellent and both chef and catering manager very knowledgeable and accommodating. We had a selection of dietary requirements, all of which were taken in their stride, and they even created unique end-of-night food based on the story of our engagement.

We genuinely couldn't have asked for a better experience, thank you.
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Elaine Sent on 17/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Best Wedding Venue

We got married at Borthwick 10th June 2019. The most special day in a breathtaking stunning perfect castle. Yvonne the wedding coordinator was incredible. Yvonne sorted everything for us from Flowers to wedding favours, She organised the Kilt Company to visit whilst we were there visiting the castle before. The cake and more. The food at the castle was first class, we all over indulged. the staff were wonderful so friendly and helpful. Our family and friends were all blown away with the wedding at the castle.
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Julia Sent on 17/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Wow, Wow, Wow......and Wow.

We had our wedding here on the 1st December 2018 and from the moment we first made contact with Borthwick Castle to arrange the event we were not disappointed. Yvonne and the team were first class. Nothing was too much trouble for the team, we had the information we needed right from the start to make this day special. The food tasting was amazing and the team were very accommodating when we wanted to visit the Castle to look at the rooms and run through the schedule of the day. On the day of our wedding we were made to feel very special, nothing was too much trouble, the guests were blown away with the Castle and the food and staff were wonderful, this was everything we wanted out of our special day. Life is about creating memories and we have plenty of memories of this day to last us a lifetime. Thank you Borthwick Castle for everything.
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Jillian Sent on 27/06/2018
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect location for a Scottish castle wedding

We had our wedding at Borthwick Castle in September of 2017, and I still think about it just about every day! It was the most magical day and one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.

The renovation they recently underwent is incredible, and all of the rooms look amazing. They managed to make everything feel new, while still looking appropriate in the setting. So many castles we visited in Scotland are beautiful on the outside, but on the inside they look like 80s hotels. Borthwick castle makes you feel like true royalty while you're there.

The staff is also incredible, and work tirelessly to make sure all of your needs are taken care of. The icing on the cake was when we headed out on our coach the day after the wedding, and the entire staff waved us off. We all felt like we were Lords and Ladies in Downton Abbey!

I could go on forever, but just do yourself a favor and book Borthwick!
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Kenneth Sent on 26/04/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Magical Wedding at Borthwick Castle.

Lisanne and I have just returned to the Netherlands from our magical wedding at Borthwick Castle. Jamie and Amy done such a wonderful job, we couldn't have wished for a better day. The guests loved the castle and rooms just as much as we did, the food was absolutely delicious and the piper was excellent and I'm sure Borthwick will be receiving a lot more guests from The Netherlands in the near future. No doubt we will be back.

Our thanks to everyone at Borthwick Castle for the wonderful experience.

Fantastic job!!!

Kind regards,
Kenneth and Lisanne Stewart

P.S. An extra thank you for saving the day when one of our guests turned up without his kilt. We really appreciate the last minute shopping run Jamie done to get him a replacement kilt in time for the ceremony.
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Lorraine Sent on 26/04/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Why did you not make us book 3 nights.

Carl and I are wanted to thank you and the team again for making our wedding beyond perfect. Jamie, Amy, Kieran were wonderful and nothing but nothing was too much trouble. Please pass our thanks to Chef, the food was stunning and every guest has mentioned how fabulous the food and wines were. My only criticism, why didn’t you make us book 3 nights ??. We loved every minute of our stay at Borthwick and really look forward to returning.

Our very best wishes and deepest thanks.

Lorraine & Carl
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