• Named in 'Top 12 most spectacular self-catered properties'. Look out across the spectacular wilderness of the Ettrick Valley...open fires to toast toes in front of and a great hall for boozy banquets.

    The Sunday Times
  • It was an amazing experience, very magical, had a wonderful time.

    Chloe Marchant, County Durham
  • Aikwood is still Aikwood and although it has been reincarnated for the 21st century, its character hasn't really changed at all.

    Scottish Field
  • Our wedding day could not have been more amazing. It was an absolute joy to be married in such a beautiful place surrounded by our family.

    Lindsey & Colin December 2016
  • It's safe to say Aikwood Tower is no ordinary holiday rental...all rooms are individual and charming...incredibly comfortable Swedish DUX beds...

    Red Magazine
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • The Tower is beyond amazing and we had a lovely time.

    The Wadham family
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Aikwood Tower's story through five centuries

The first mention of Aikwood comes in the Lord Treasurer of Scotland’s accounts of 1455, when it was one of the ‘forest steadings’ of Ettrick Forest leased from King James III to Lord Home.

From 1517, the site belonged to the Scotts of Aikwood, who built the tower some time in the 1540s. The marriage stone - still visible in a tower wall - commemorates the marriage, in 1602, of Robert Scott of Aikwood and Elspeth Murray of Elibank.

In the early seventeenth century ownership passed to the Scotts of Harden, a major Border family, whose head became 'Baron of Harden and Oakwood' (the name was then anglicised from Aikwood to Oakwood). They remained in possession of Aikwood for over 300 years.

The Harden Scotts continued to own Aikwood up until just after the Second World War. In the early part of that time, it was usually occupied by the heir of the family, who took an active part in local Selkirk civic affairs. However from the mid eighteenth century, the tower was abandoned as a home and the farm was let out. [Read more]