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Exciting news… We are exhibiting at Scotland’s largest Wedding Show

We have some exciting news to share with you…….on the 19th and 20th February 2022 Shieldhill Castle will be attending Scotland’s largest Wedding Show at the SEC in Glasgow!

Save the date in your diary and visit our booth to chat all things wedding with our new Wedding and Events Coordinator Darren.

Spread the news by heading to our Facebook and like or share our post with someone you know who is soon to become a husband or a wife.

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The story of the haunted hotel, Shieldhill Castle

In light of it being the most haunted day of the year, we thought we’d share our very own Shieldhill Castle haunted hotel story with you. Many of you know about the Grey Lady of Shieldhill Castle, but do you know why she haunts the Castle? And do you know that there has been some recent sightings of abnormal activity?

The ‘Grey Lady’ ghost has been sighted by hotel guests in the corridors of Shieldhill Castle. We believe she was the former occupant of the house who fell for someone of a lower social class. The story goes that she killed herself as a result of her father forbidding their relationship. Many guests have said they can feel her presence, with cold touches when they enter what is believed to be her room. Additionally, a male ghost clothed in what appears to be butler’s uniform has been reported in the hotel’s former staff quarters.

Owner of Shieldhill Castle, Colin Frame, has first hand witnessed abnormal activity when appliances would go on automatically in the staff areas, sensor lights being triggered and tickles on the arm. There are several versions of what has happened to the Grey Lady and this mystery man, have you experienced their presence? If so then let us know.

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Having a wonderful Winter Wedding with Shieldhill Castle

Having a Winter Wedding adds an element of warmth and comfort, especially while you escape the chilly temperatures to celebrate a very special day surrounded by loved ones. If you’re considering a Winter Wedding, here’s is why Shieldhill Castle will make you fall in love with this beautiful time of year. 

The beautiful manicured grounds at Shieldhill Castle are nothing short of picture perfect when covered by the soft, powdery snow glistening in the winter sunlight. But with a winter wedding, the majority of your reception will take place once the sun sets. Arrange a visit to Shieldhill Castle in the evening when you can see beautiful lighting in the cosy and inviting function rooms. 

Not only is Shieldhill Castle stunning at this time of year, it is also a functional venue. You’ll solve half your travel problems if you come to the castle as we can have both the ceremony, reception and accommodation, making it one stop venue. Then guests won’t have to travel between the two, which could take a while in bad weather

With the Winter Wedding season for Shieldhill Castle just around the corner we would love to remind you of the fabulous 25 person Winter Wedding package for £2000 which is available to book now. (October 21- March 22)

If you are interested in making your Winter Wedding a grander affair now restrictions are lifted we can also cater this package to suit you. 


To book a private viewing for your special day or chat to our Wedding and Events Team please contact events@shieldhillcastle.com and start this journey into your next chapter with Shieldhill Castle.

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I can’t say “I Do” without you

You can’t say “I do” without your besties beside you, so, here is one way to pop the question to your soon to be bridesmaids and maids of honor with the help of Shieldhill Castle. 

Treat the ladies to a special Afternoon Tea at Shieldhill Castle, enjoy some sweet and savoury treats while waiting in suspense to ask the question and toast the fabulous news with a glass of fizz. Hide the surprise by disguising it by coming to the castle for a catch up and turn it into a moment they will remember forever. 

Why not gift them with a Bridesmaid Proposal Box. A ‘Will You Be My Bridesmaid box’ with your soon to be bridesmaids name displayed on her own personalised keepsake box is perfect for filling up with pamper gifts and mementos of your friendship. This is one of the most special ways of asking them to stand by you on your wedding day.  

After you’ve completed your bridesmaid proposal, and your girls have said yes while you enjoyed your lovely Afternoon Tea, why not check into our stunning Courtyard rooms for an overnight pamper stay in our conjoining rooms. Putting on funny and stylish bridesmaid shirts and bridal party pjs is the perfect way for your bride tribe to enjoy the first of many bridal celebrations. 

To find out more on what we can do to support you in this exciting new chapter then please get in touch with our Shieldhill Castle team at reception@shieldhillcastle.com

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Our first Shieldhill Castle wedding of the season

Congratulations Kirsty & James

From all the team at Shieldhill Castle, we wish you all the best in this next chapter of your lives as husband and wife.

Our first wedding of the season, it was a pleasure to host this special occasion for you and your families.

Wishing you every happiness Mr & Mrs Maclachlan.

Photographer-AJW Photogaphy

Flowers- The Secret Garden – Floral Designs by Lynn Murphy

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Owner Colin Frame wins John Gibson Memorial Race

We are delighted to congratulate the owner of Shieldhill Castle, Colin Frame on winning the John Gibson Memorial race.

After 4 years out of the racing seat, Colin put on his racing gear last weekend at Lochgelly Raceway – the Place to Race, taking out the Superstock once again. Colin shared his experience and just how much it meant to him, as he described the race “for me this was the equivalent to winning the World Final”.

We would like to congratulate Colin and also the team behind him. The trophy is now proudly on display at Shieldhill Castle.

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The beautiful art on the walls of Shieldhill Castle by Kirsten Harris Art

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase some of the stunning pieces created by Kirsten Harris. Kirsten has managed to enhance the beauty of the Castle by exhibiting her work throughout the Castle, The Oak Lounge, Alexander Lounge and Tinto View Restaurant. Come to Shieldhill Castle this weekend to view some of her work or even take a piece home with you. In light of working with Kirsten we thought to share with you a little more details about her passion and how she began working with Shieldhill Castle from Kirsten herself.

How long have you been creating art and what made you want to share it with the world?

I have been painting since a child and went to art school in the 80’s. However it wasn’t until about ten years later that I started selling my art after meeting a shaman and artist in Zimbabwe. He gave me two pieces of advice that transformed my work. The first was ‘finish every piece you start, even if it is not your best’ and secondly, ‘the life is in the eyes, if you get the eyes right you can do anything you like with the paint.’ Literally, within days I started selling my work and haven’t looked back. 

What makes you want to work with Shieldhill Castle and display your creations on the castle walls?

I like to take my art out of the gallery situation and find unusual places to exhibit. I was painting some large paintings and had the crazy thought one evening that it would be fun to find a castle to exhibit in. I then remembered that Shieldhill Castle which is local had recently been sold and decided to drive over and ask. (See Kirsten’s Blog for more details) Then Covid happened at the time Shieldhill was due to launch and everything was postponed. 

Lockdown gave me a chance to make work specifically for certain areas of the castle and I am delighted how right the work looks with the fabulous refurbishment that Shieldhill has undergone. Art specifically for interior design is an area that I would love to continue to explore. 

What are some of your favourite pieces you have on display at Shieldhill Castle and why?

In the Dining Room there is a large painting called ‘If Wishes Were Horses.’ The expression was first recorded in the seventeenth century by James Carmichael of neighbouring Carmichael Estate, just under Tinto Hill, which can be seen from the Dining Room window at Shieldhill. The painting hangs in the perfect historical setting and I love the recently exposed stone wall that it hangs on. 

The drawing room contains paintings made during lockdown. These are painted on reclaimed wood with chalk paint that I had leftover from painting furniture and framed in antique frames that I had collected over the years and had in my studio. The inspiration comes from Medieval tapestries and the stunning wood panelled room is the perfect setting for the paintings which give a contemporary twist but are in keeping with the age and style of the room. (See Kirsten’s Blog for more details)

In the stone flagged entrance hall I have displayed some pencil drawings. My favourite is ‘The Grey Lady of Shieldhill,’ (See Kirsten’s Blog for more details) a drawing which tells the sad story of the castle’s ghost. The halls ancient grey flagstones and graphite pencil are a perfect compliment. Another drawing tells the story in ‘On Tinto Top’ a local rhyme. 

The chance to hang my artwork in a fabulous setting is inspiring especially as much of my work is about the history of the area.  I am grateful to the family and Shieldhill Castle for their support. I really hope that visitors enjoy the artwork as part of their stay at this beautifully restored historic castle.

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Winter Wedding Package for £2000

Shieldhill Castle 25 person Winter Wedding package for £2000 is now available to book. (October 2021- March 2022)

Holding a smaller celebration also adds an element of warmth and comfort, especially while you escape the chilly temperatures to celebrate a very special day surrounded by loved ones. The beautiful manicured grounds at Shieldhill Castle are nothing short of picture perfect when covered by the soft, powdery snow glistening in the winter sunlight.

To book a private viewing for your intimate gathering please contact events@shieldhillcastle.com and start this journey into your next chapter with our dedicated team at Shieldhill Castle.

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The best fishing throughout Scotland with Alba


At Shieldhill Castle we are pleased to announce that we will be working closely with Alba, Luxury Fishing Holidays to help provide amazing memories when you enjoy some amazing local attractions while you stay at Shieldhill Castle. 

Alba Game Fishing was established in 2004, and are the only company to offer the best fishing throughout Scotland. With a team of 22 professional fishing guides and casting instructors, located in the Borders, Highlands, Speyside, Edinburgh and Aberdeenshire. 


Alba can organise fishing trips for guests on the River Clyde, Tweed and Annan and numerous trout lochs in the area. We offer salmon, trout and pike fishing as well as Grayling fishing all year.


Premium fishing equipment is provided with Alba. We are partnered with Sage, Orvis, Hardy and Patagonia and carry an extensive stock of current fishing tackle from these partners. This will save you the risk of carrying expensive gear to Scotland. We also carry Orvis and Patagonia breathable waders and boots in all sizes for men, women and children.


Transport is provided with Alba in luxury SUVs and for larger groups, Mercedes V Class.


To compliment each trip, Alba can provide gourmet river-side lunches or the option of professional photography using full-frame DSLR cameras and prime lenses. Guests would get memorable images of their fishing experiences shared on Dropbox. 

Your time is precious, and the Alba team understands the importance of creating lasting memories and absolute focus on customer service. 
Be the One that got Away!


To find out more on what Alba can offer you head to the Shieldhill Castle local attractions page and follow the link to their website. 

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Customer Reviews

We cannot go another day without recognising the amazing reviews we have had over the past few weeks since we have reopened.

“Stunning hotel, welcoming staff and great food on Saturday night. Thank you, we’ll be back very soon”

“We stayed in the lodges for 2 nights and it was absolutely amazing we will definitely been back, the place looks amazing, staff are friendly and welcoming & the lodges are perfect as well! The food is amazing too” 

“Our stay was faultless. The recently renovated Courtyard room was lovely, the food was excellent and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful. Lovely surroundings and extremely dog friendly. Would highly recommend.”

“Had the best day yesterday……we walked from Symington to Shieldhill Castle AMAZING FOOD & SERVICE”

“Our party had a great day at the castle 🏰 yesterday. The staff went out of there way to make it a great day. Highly recommend having a wee day out to a lovely local venue.”

“We were in the log cabins which were very comfortable and the food was excellent, staff were first class. Pleasant surroundings clean room. Suitable for girls catch up. Courtyard picnic tables outside we were able to enjoy the prosecco outdoors. Adjoining rooms a bonus. Food good.”

Tag Shieldhill Castle next time you come to visit or leave a review on our trip advisor at https://bit.ly/34GY47y 

Thank you all again for the support and kind words, we look forward to opening doors this Thursday for another busy weekend of service 🏰