• The perfect place for a very different family holiday. From ages 13 to 75 we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    The Estabrooks Family, July 2015, North Carolina
  • We loved the experience of staying in a medieval Tower and appreciated the eclectic mix of furniture, books and decoration - worth crossing the world for!

    The Keeping Family, August 2015, Australia
  • We spent a fabulous week here at Aikwood. The Tower is stunning & does not disappoint. The attention to detail really makes it! Very sorry to leave.

    Nigel & Jackie, November 2016
  • A fabulous Christmas in the most special of buildings. We have enjoyed making some very precious family memories.

    The Woods Family, Christmas 2014
  • It was as charming as expected and made us feel like royalty. We will miss this place, but all fond moments have to end so they become memories for our lives!

    The Leleu-Eponville Family, August 2015, London
  • The Tower is beyond amazing and we had a lovely time.

    The Wadham family
  • A fabulous castle in a hidden corner of Scotland with all the luxuries one could wish for after a day exploring the delightful countryside.

    National Geographic
  • Have had a wonderful couple of days celebrating our silver wedding anniversary with friends in this wonderful building. The Tower is perfect for an event like this. Caterers were fantastic and the food excellent.

    Peter & Alison Hogan, Musselburgh
  • We had the best wedding day ever! Thank you to everyone at Aikwood, you really made our stay & big day the best we could have dreamed of. Aikwood Tower is a fabulous & beautiful place to stay & will forever hold a special place in both of our hearts.

    Katie & Stephen, November 2016
  • Aikwood Tower is one of Scotland's finest examples of understated luxury...and has all the trappings of the 21st century whilst maintaining a unique medieval allure.

    aluxurytravelblog.com
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Ambling or action - something for everyone

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 ideal for kayaking. Maps and suggested trails are available to help you 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 (woodland course) and Cardrona (woodland/parkland course) are both nearby while tennis courts are just a 5 minute drive away.

If you would like 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 has much to explore, from Melrose Abbey to Samye Ling Bhuddist temple, and the local towns' summer common riding festivities to rugby sevens tournaments. With Edinburgh just an hour's drive away, a formidable array of city delights is within easy striking distance.