The Gem of the
Scottish Borders

Family owned since 1696, Duns Castle welcomes guests from around the world.

The Castle

Standing proudly since the 14th century, Duns Castle is in a unique location in the Scottish Borders, surrounded by tranquil parkland, on the outskirts of the small market town of Duns.

We offer in the seclusion of the estate and parkland;

  • Exclusive use for wedding, corporate hospitality and private parties and stays
  • A great venue for filming, photo and fashion shoots
  • Beautiful public rooms and bedrooms (see accommodation page)
  • A billiards room
  • Historic landscaped lawns and grounds suitable for clayshoots, falconry, mini highland games and croquet
  • A friendly trained in-house staff
  • Flexibility on catering and services, full planning advice for any visit or function


Take an aerial tour of the stunning castle grounds. Featuring the magnificent 14th Century Castle and 1200 acres of scenic woodland and gardens.

Iconic Castle Features

Dining Room

A major room in the castle, it is large, with a glorious outlook over lawns and lake, richly furnished and used for weddings, entertaining, sitting out and meeting.

Main Drawing Room

A spacious room with stunning views over the nature reserve and grounds. A room to relax in with period features and fireplace. This room is also our wedding ceremony room where guests get married with the alter situated in the bay windows overlooking the estate.

Billiards Room

On the top floor is an imposing room with a full size billiards table built up there in 1836, with the original gas lights converted and an ornate matching scoreboard.

Upper Hall

On every level the internal vistas are superb. The Georgian gothic plasterwork and vaulting creates a rich warmth. This is the main bedroom passage.

Things to do at the castle

Clay pigeon shooting

Enjoy some Clay pigeon shooting here in the castle grounds.


Be a big hit with some archery during your stay. This takes place on the lawns around the castle, price advice on request.


This highly entertaining diversion is available free of charge to all guests at the castle. Guests wishing to play should let us know in advance.


Delight in a magnificent display of falconry in the castle grounds.

Other indoor and outdoor activities such as a murder mystery, casino night or mini highland games may be arranged by request.


Within these historic grounds lies Duns Law, a historic site of special interest, where the famous rising against King Charles I, known as the Scottish Covenant, took place in 1639. General Leslie, under whose guidance this epic struggle was choreographed, made his quarters in the castle during that bloody and turbulent time. It has been a hill fort since Neolithic times.


Contained within a glacial drainage channel from the last ice age, the nature reserve also comprises The Heron Pool (aka. Hen Poo!) and Mill Dam, which were created as part of the extensive landscaping work commissioned by the Hay family in the 18th century. Home to many spectacular mute swans, various species of duck, and a multitude of bird species this is a dream venue for twitchers, photographers, and artists alike.

Your Hosts

Alick&AlineHay+Coco©DunsCastleThe castle has been the home of the Hay family since 1696. The current owners, Alick and Aline Hay, live in private quarters within the castle and play an active part in the management of the estate and in welcoming guests. They are more than happy to share a few anecdotes of the castle’s history.