North Middleton, Midlothian, Scotland

Borthwick Castle

Borthwick Castle

Borthwick Castle is one of the largest and best-preserved surviving medieval Scottish fortifications. It was constructed in 1430 for Sir William Borthwick, from whom the castle takes its name. Borthwick Castle was visited twice by Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1563 and 1567, when she was besieged inside while under the protection of 6th Lord Borthwick. She escaped the siege by disguising herself as a page. The castle now serves as an exquisite wedding venue and hotel.


The castle is reported to be haunted by Mary, Queen of Scots (another one added to the long list!) It is said that she appears dressed as a pageboy and with cropped hair.


Pictured left is Borthwick Castle courtesy of Kim Traynor.

Borthwick Castle,

North Middleton,


EH23 4QY.


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For further information, please read Haunted Castles of Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones.


Visitor Information

North Middleton is a village in Midlothian, Scotland.

Outlying hamlets include Borthwick and Middleton.

Pictured is Borthwick Castle courtesy of M J Richardson. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.