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

    Baroness Linklater, Scotland
  • 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
  • It was an amazing experience, very magical, had a wonderful time.

    Chloe Marchant, County Durham
  • The most magical place, the ambience, decor, attention to detail just perfect. Nothing was missing, everything you could possibly want was there. We WILL be back!

    The Grant Family, August 2015, Austria
  • 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
  • Our family really enjoyed our time at Aikwood Tower. It is a very beautiful place. Thank you for this magical experience that our family will never forget.

    Damon Cooley, Texas
  • The Tower is beyond amazing and we had a lovely time.

    The Wadham family
  • 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 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
  • Listed in 'Four of the best private homes for house parties.' A stylish, incredibly comfortable holiday rental.

    Daily Telegraph
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Stories and sorcery

There are many fantastic stories and legends about Aikwood Tower. One of them features the 17th century owner, Sir William Scott of Harden who, along with his father, was a renowned 'Border Reiver’.

On a raid to Elibank Castle by the Tweed, he was captured and given the choice between being hanged or marrying the Laird of Elibank's daughter, 'Muckle Mou'd Meg' (big mouthed Meg).

Sir Walter Scott was a descendant of this union, and Aikwood Tower certainly fired his imagination with it appearing in his first great epic poem The Lay of the Last Minstrel.

However, his contemporary, James Hogg, 'The Ettrick Shepherd', made even more use of Aikwood in his writings, including a legend about Michael Scott, the Border Wizard, who was reputed to live here, in The Warlock of Aikwood. In his novel, The Three Perils of Man (which were war, women and witchcraft), the central section is set at Aikwood, where the happenings are presided over by Michael Scott.

There is also a later story that associates the Laird of Aikwood with Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite rebellion and relates his escape from Government forces after the Battle of Culloden. [Read more]