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

    The Wadham family
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 a triumph of imagination, creation and recreation.

    Baroness Linklater, Scotland
  • A fabulous place. Staying in this beautiful castle really made our Christmas.

    Armstrong Family, Christmas 2016
  • Listed in 'Four of the best private homes for house parties.' A stylish, incredibly comfortable holiday rental.

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

    Scottish Field
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Sir Walter Scott of Abbotsford

Amongst the many descendants of William Scott and ‘big-mouthed’ Meg Murray was Sir Walter Scott who made much of his ancestry of Border reivers.

Aikwood itself held a fascination for him, as he placed the origins of more than one of the Border ballads there, and Wat of Harden and his sons make an appearance in Scott's first great literary success, the Lay of the Last Minstrel.

As a young man, Scott rode throughout the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys in search of the disappearing Border Ballads.  In old age and failing health, he visited them again: his last outing was to Aikwood and the village of Ettrick Bridge.