• 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 was an amazing experience, very magical, had a wonderful time.

    Chloe Marchant, County Durham
  • The Tower is beyond amazing and we had a lovely time.

    The Wadham family
  • A stay at Aikwood was a birthday treat, and has to be one of the best i have ever had. Wonderful place. We will be back!

    The Bothwell Family, Aberdeen, February 2015
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Aikwood is a triumph of imagination, creation and recreation.

    Baroness Linklater, Scotland

New life & a family home

For the majority of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the tower itself served as a building for agricultural storage. The tenant farmer, who did a lot to keep the tower in a decent state of repair, tried living in it, but just one winter proved too much for him. It then remained uninhabited for 100 years.

In the late 1940s Lord Polwarth, head of the Harden Scotts, parted with the farm to their kinsman, the eighth Duke of Buccleuch.

Then in 1989, the ninth Duke of Buccleuch made possible the realisation of the dream of David Steel (now Lord Steel of Aikwood) the long-serving MP for the Borders, which was to restore the tower as a home. Sir David - who, with his Scott blood, continues a long clan tradition with Aikwood - and his wife Judy restored it using local Selkirk craftsman and moved in with their younger son Rory in 1992.

The restoration of Aikwood has won no less than five architectural awards, including the prestigious Europa Nostra. For nearly twenty years it has been a hub for artistic creativity and a meeting place for national and international politicians.

Now under the ownership of The Honourable Rory David Scott Steel and his wife Victoria, who have refurbished the property, upgrading its facilities, Aikwood Tower is available for exclusive hire for holidays and special celebrations of all kinds throughout the year. Their wish is that many more people enjoy its magical charms in the years to come.