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

    Baroness Linklater, Scotland
  • 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
  • Listed in 'Four of the best private homes for house parties.' A stylish, incredibly comfortable holiday rental.

    Daily Telegraph
  • The Tower is beyond amazing and we had a lovely time.

    The Wadham family
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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

    Scottish Field
  • A fabulous place. Staying in this beautiful castle really made our Christmas.

    Armstrong Family, Christmas 2016
  • It was an amazing experience, very magical, had a wonderful time.

    Chloe Marchant, County Durham
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John Montague Douglas Scott, Duke of Buccleuch

For over two centuries the tower lay unoccupied, and became, to all intents and purposes, a farm building, and an inspiration to writers such as Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg.

After the Second World War, the farm and tower passed into the ownership of the Dukes of Buccleuch, whose home is the nearby Bowhill House.

When the ninth Duke of Buccleuch succeeded to the title in 1973, he began a policy of opening up his estates to public access that was far in advance of any 'right to roam' legislation and in sharp contrast to the protective attitude taken by landowners in other parts of Scotland. 

In the late twentieth century, restoration of decayed Scottish tower houses became the ambition of enthusiasts of much more humble origins. The Duke of Buccleuch encouraged these aspirations in the 1990s two Ettrick Valley shells were restored as homes - Kirkhope Tower at Ettrick Bridge, and Aikwood.