Review for Thirlestane Castle Caravan Park

Country:                                   Scotland

Co-ordinates:                          55.43.2024N: 2.44.37116W

Address:                                 Thirlestane Castle, Lauder, Berwickshire, Scotland TD2 6RU

Good for visiting:                Lauder Castle (although it had just closed for the season when we arrived..), Jedburgh, Kelso, Floors Castle, Selkirk, Hawick, Edinburgh

Phone & e-mail:                     T: 01578 718884


Date Visited:                          October 2017

Questions:-  (This review is from the point of view of motorhomers driving a Swift Kontiki 669 tag axle – 8.56m)

What are the pitches like?                

A mix of hard-standings with a number of grass pitches.  Pitches all seemed to slope upwards so levelling blocks definitely needed!

There are also lots of statics (separate from the touring site) and storage.

Is there water on each pitch?            

No.  However, there are plenty of taps available and they are easily accessible

What is the electric like?           

At least 10A– we had no problems


By the tap

What’s the site access like?        

Access is excellent from the main road, just after the main road through Lauder.     It is not far at all off the main A road.  Access on site is excellent

What are the Sanitary facilities like?     

Toilets:                              1 sanitary block with ladies, gents and family room.  Ladies have clearly been updated recently and are in excellent condition, very clean.  However, the gents doesn’t appear to have had the same treatment – maybe it’s being updated this winter??

Toilet paper provided? Yes – plentiful

Showers:                          Clean and adequate.

What other facilities are there?    

Bins and CWD

Motorhome service point (drive over wastewater disposal)


Drying area


Is there any internet; if so how much and how good?    


We paid about £21 per night including electric in October.  There is a discount available for Caravan Club members.

What’s the area like?         

Lovely.  It’s a nice walk into the village where there is a good choice of pubs and an unusual church (which the queen visited and signed the visitors book 🙂 )

The castle is literally next to the site (albeit about a 10 minute walk up the drive!)

Jedburgh is close by and well worth a visit.  Floors Castle is nearby in Kelso.

The countryside is absolutely beautiful


We liked:-

The area

The access

The welcome

We didn’t like so much:-

The number of ‘permanent’ pitches – there seemed to be a fair number of ‘residents’ on site.  Friendly enough, but not what we really want when touring.

We hated:-


Moving On:

We moved on to the Lake District, via Gretna Green!




Relaxing in the Black Bull, Lauder