Ferniehirst Castle, Scottish Borders, Scotland, UK
Accommodation Sleeps 12
6 double bedrooms & 5 bathrooms
Large banqueting hall for celebratory dinners
Extensive estate, tennis court and river walks
Historic lowland stronghold of the Kerr Clan
75 minute drive to Edinburgh and 60 minute drive to Newcastle
Ferniehirst Castle is the seat of Clan Kerr, whose ancestors arrived in Britain with William the Conqueror in 1066.
Over the centuries a number of Kerrs have distinguished themselves in many fields and contributed much to the history of the Border region.
The castle is often referred to as ‘Scotland’s frontier fortress’ and was built in the 16th century as a stronghold for the family. Over recent years, there have been massive restorations and the newly refurbished rooms offer our guests a very comfortable experience in a wonderfully romantic setting.
The castle’s main feature is a magnificent banqueting hall, which doubles as a dining and seating area. Off the hall is a large modern kitchen, a small library, TV room and hallway.
The bedrooms are light and spacious, with en-suite or adjacent bathrooms. There are extensive gardens, a tennis court and guests can stroll through wonderful woodlands and along the meandering Jed water. The castle sits up high with lovely views across the Border countryside and is surrounded by woods and sheep in the fields.
2 miles north of Ferniehirst, is the historical town of Jedburgh, where Mary Queen of Scots stayed on her flight south.
The great salmon fishing River Tweed is close by, along with the ruined border abbeys plundered by Henry VIII, the cashmere mills of Hawick, a number of houses and castles of different architectural styles and the small town of Melrose where rugby ‘sevens’ was invented.
All of this is surrounded by a huge variety of wonderful lowland countryside. This is an area rich with history, which offers all sorts of distractions and is conveniently located for Edinburgh and Newcastle.
The estate can offer shooting and many golf courses are close by, where LTR guests are welcome.