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

    Daily Telegraph
  • 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
  • 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
  • No amount of words, pictures or photos can do this place justice!

    The Dunscombe Family & Friends, August 2015, Oxfordshire
  • 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
  • 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
  • A fabulous Christmas in the most special of buildings. We have enjoyed making some very precious family memories.

    The Woods Family, Christmas 2014
  • Aikwood is a triumph of imagination, creation and recreation.

    Baroness Linklater, Scotland
  • 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
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William Scott of Harden

In the seventeenth century Aikwood passed into the hands of William Scott of Harden, thus beginning his family’s three-century ownership of it. He was the eldest son of the greatest of the Border reivers, Wat of Harden.

Wishing to emulate his father, although the cross-border reiving days were past, he led a raid on to Elibank Castle on the Tweed, home of Sir Gideon Murray.

William was captured, and Gideon Murray of Elibank Castle threatened to hang him when Lady Murray intervened: could this young Forest laird be persuaded to marry their plain-faced daughter Meg? William was given the choice: "There is your coffin, and there is your bride."

After some prevarication, Will Scott chose marriage, and it turned out to be one of great happiness.