Staying on the Lauderdale Estate allows guests to immerse themselves in nature with beautiful trails, incredible views, and glimpses of local wildlife. Furthermore, there is a path that leads guests directly from Thirlestane Woodland Lodges over the Castle’s parkland and River Leader to the local town of Lauder.


Wildlife Watching

Guests who are avid wildlife lovers are in for a treat! A number of animals call the estate home including woodpeckers, pheasants, roe deer, squirrels, and hedgehogs. Keep an eye out when exploring the walking trails, you never know what you might spot!



Lauderdale Estate woodlands have been carefully managed over generations to balance the requirements of the environment, habitat, and landscape. Take a walk among some centuries-old trees that have stood the test of time…


Dark Skies

Discover the incredible beauty of a starry night’s sky. As the Scottish Borders has some of the lowest levels of light pollution, it gives guests to the Woodland Lodges the opportunity to enjoy some stargazing during their stay.


Solar Power

Thirlestane Woodland Lodges benefit from solar-powered electricity.  The photovoltaic solar array can generate as much as 50kW of energy at a time and this technology also has the advantage of working on cloudy days. Any surplus power is fed back into the national grid.

Ground Source Heating

Thirlestane Woodland Lodges are heated by ground source heat technology where pumps use a series of buried pipes that extract the energy from the sun that has warmed the ground. Each lodge has a pump that amplifies that energy to provide hot water and central heating.  

Sustainable travel, inc EV Charging

Kingfisher and Reivers Lodges have their own 22kW electric vehicle charging point.  What’s more, the lodges have superb proximity to Lauder and, with direct access along a pathway through Thirlestane Castle’s parkland, guests can take a cycle or walk to the town to enjoy its amenities.