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

    The Dunscombe Family & Friends, August 2015, Oxfordshire
  • 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
  • Listed in 'Four of the best private homes for house parties.' A stylish, incredibly comfortable holiday rental.

    Daily Telegraph
  • 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 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
  • We had the best wedding day ever! Thank you to everyone at Aikwood, you really made our stay & big day the best we could have dreamed of. Aikwood Tower is a fabulous & beautiful place to stay & will forever hold a special place in both of our hearts.

    Katie & Stephen, November 2016
  • 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
  • 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.

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Michael Scott the Wizard of Aikwood

“In the South of Scotland, work of great labour and antiquity is ascribed either to the agency of Auld Michael, or Sir William Wallace, or of the devil.” So wrote Sir Walter Scott: his namesake is credited, amongst others, with the splitting the nearby Eildon Hills into three.

Michael Scott's reputed feats were based on the exploits of the thirteenth century scholar who travelled from Scotland throughout Europe: a polymath far ahead of his time.

Many legends about the Scottish wizard link him with ownership of Aikwood Tower, including his transformation into a hare by the neighbouring Witch of Fauldshope, and his subsequent revenge on her.

Whatever legend may say, there is no dispute that Maister Michael Scott became the first owner of Aikwood by virtue of a feu disposition in name of James V in 1517, and that he or his family built Aikwood Tower.