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PLANNING A STAYCATION?

Shieldhill Castle has something for everyone. Stunning scenery, fresh vibrant countryside, tasty food and plentiful refreshments available for your every need. So what are you waiting for? Start planning and discover one of the most beautiful and best staycation locations this summer.

STAYCATIONS OPTIONS

Scandinavian Lodges : Fancy having a weekend outdoors but still want all your home comforts? Then our lodges should be right up your street. Our stunning Scandinavian Lodges situated in our grounds are here to provide just that! These lodges provide the perfect balance between natural and luxury settings, with full access to all the castle facilities during your stay.

The Courtyard:  The Courtyard rooms are the perfect retreat to get away from it all, suitable for large families with interlinking rooms to keep an eye on the little ones but still have your own space. Whether you are celebrating a big occasion or just fancy some time to relax and unwind,  the rooms offer you a sense of escape with the ones you love. Our courtyard rooms are also pet friendly.  Enjoy relaxing walks around the castle grounds, or in the surrounding countryside or an energetic hike to nearby Tinto.

The Castle: There is no better feeling than being tucked up in bed in luxurious and cosy surroundings. If you’re planning a staycation and need somewhere to rest your head, a superb dining experience or a romantic getaway, then our castle rooms are perfect  for you. The Castle offers a unique balance of classical boutique and 5-star luxury.

Whilst you’re staying with us we would be delighted to help you plan your stay.  We would highly recommend a visit to the local market town of Biggar or the beautiful town of Peebles which is just a short drive from Shieldhill. Below is a list of great locations and attractions to visit on your stay.

By Car:

Biggar and Upper Clydesdale Museum- 7 min (3.8 miles)via Shieldhill Rd and B7016
Biggar Gasworks- 7 min (3.8 miles)via Shieldhill Rd and B7016
Little Sparta – 17 min (8.7 miles)via Shieldhill Rd
Bubbles Factory- 25 min (14.6 miles)via A721
Five SisterS Zoo- 33 min (20.3 miles)via A70
Hamilton Water Palace – 43 min (25.2 miles)via A721
M & D’s Scotland’s Theme Park – 45 min (26.8 miles)via A721
Discover Amazonia – 46 min (27.0 miles)via A721
Summerlee- Museum of Scottish Industrial Life- 52 min (29.0 miles)via A721
World of Wings Bride of Prey Center- 55 min (30.5 miles)via A73

By Foot:

Tinto View- 2 hr 20 min (5.7 miles)via Shieldhill Rd
Culter Fell- 2 hr 56 min (8.8 miles)via Birthwood Rd

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Officially Opening 20th May

It’s official…..we’re opening on Thursday 20th May!

Shieldhill Castle is the perfect location for your summer staycation, drinks in our beer garden in the Scottish sunshine, an a la carte dinner in our Tinto View Restaurant, lunch in our Market Bar or how about an afternoon tea in our Oak Lounge?

 We shall be open Thursday- Sunday for the following services: 

  • Lunches- 1200 to 1500
  • Dinner 1800 to 2100
  • Traditional Sunday Lunch – 1200 to 1500 
  • Afternoon Tea- 1400 to 1600
  • Weekend Brunch – 1000 to 1300 (Sat & Sun)
  • Our famous Steak Night – 1800 to 2100 (only available 1st Thursday of every month) 

We will be launching an online booking system in the coming weeks but in the meantime please contact reception@shieldhillcastle.com to book your overnight stay, restaurant reservations or for any general enquiries.


We also have our 2021-2023 diary open for weddings, corporate events, private dining, private parties and away days. So if you have missed a special birthday or occasion, or would like to book a team building event or host a private dinner with your staff,  then please contact our events team at events@shieldhillcastle.com

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‘Mini’ Beginnings

The Mini Cooper is arguably one of the most easily recognisable automobiles ever produced, which is why it is perfect for you to take a ride in for your special occasion. The original Mini started production in the late ‘50s and quickly became one of the best selling cars in Europe, and we are very glad to have our very original 90’s custom detailed Mini at the gates of Shieldhill Castle.

The original features that enthusiasts love about the classic Minis were kept throughout upgrading the details of the body. Mini collectors Rab and Colin Frame, owner of Shieldhill Castle, seen the potential in bringing a form of transportation for special occasions, events and weddings that no other local venue has. The history of this mini within the Frame family is one for the history books, and now having it at Shieldhill Castle has tied it up perfectly for Colin and his family in this next new exciting chapter.

People tend to say that “big things often have ‘mini’ beginnings”, so share in this journey with Shieldhill Castle by following where our Mini goes.

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Easter is here at Shieldhill Castle

The team a Shieldhill Castle would like to wish everyone an ‘eggcellent’ Easter weekend.

Can you spot the Easter eggs and bunnies in each of our newly renovated rooms? Speaking about rooms, why not bring some easter fun into your home, here are some top tips to do just that. 

The easiest way to bring some colour to the home is by bringing nature outside in, so why not  make your own beautiful flower arrangements, incorporating the easter lily, daffodil or tulip. Lillies naturally bloom at Easter time – it turns out this flower is full of symbolism as it is symbolic of love, hope, and purity. Daffodils, along with other spring bulbs, are symbolic of new life which are perfect to bring into the home. Tulips are often called the harbingers of spring, as they are some of the first flowers to bloom. The bright, multi-colored closed blooms of the tulips can resemble Easter eggs. 

For more top tips on how to incorporate seasonality into your lifestyle stay in touch with the Castle News that brings new blog posts every week. 

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How to plan the ultimate engagement

Want to know how to pull off the perfect engagement in time for Valentine’s Day? 

 

It’s engagement season and  we are so excited for you. What a perfect way to start your new year off on a high note and leap into the new chapter as an engaged couple.

Even with Covid still hindering your “ideal” plans, we can help guide you into making this proposal perfect for you both! Let’s get to it then. 

 

  1. Choose the wedding band (the ring that is most likely to suit and fit your partner) 

 We are lucky to have the option of going to have some of the best jewellery stores in Edinburgh, Glasgow and across Scotland.Unless your proposal is spontaneous – which is a risky yet still a fun strategy – you should always have the ring to seal the deal at the time of popping the big question, otherwise, it’ll feel a bit like an anti-climax. If you’re worried about getting the ring right, just have a look at the sort of jewellery your partner usually wears and you should get a good idea of their taste. Don’t go for something just because it’s expensive or big, got for something that resembles your love for them in the way you have took your time to think about them whilst buying it. 



  1. It’s all about you two 

We do love are-make of classic movies, however your partner has probably seen the countless films with wedding proposals that show everything from skywriting, getting down on one knee on an exotic beach, romantic restaurants that are  overpriced. But ultimately, if none of these reflects you as a couple it will feel a bit…uncomfortable and cheesy??. If your other half hates attention for example, suddenly dropping to one knee in the middle of a restaurant will not go down as well as you may hope.So make sure your proposal suits both of you and listen out for key hints from your partner on what not to do. Think about what are the most important elements in your lives? Do you love dogs for example? Then go out a walk and visit a landmark with your partner or a spot you normally go to and let the dog guide you into this big moment!! Or don’t leave the house – home is where the heart is after all – and propose with your morning coffee. Or if your hotel lovers, head out for weekend away and ask the venue to help you, at Shieldhill Castle our team are here for you. It’s all about the two of you after all so don’t be swayed into a proposal that belongs to someone else or in a princess movie. 

 

  1. Don’t over-plan

 Fail to prepare, prepare to fail but don’t overdo it. Your proposal should still feel natural and if you over-engineer it, you’re at risk of making it sound a little fake and robotic. Have an idea of what you want to say, for sure, but don’t write down a CV of why you are fit for the role as fiancée.  Speak from the heart and everything else should fall into place.

 

  1. Choose how to capture it

 You will remember this moment for your whole life, but have a think about whether or not you want to capture it another way too. Do you want to hire a photographer or recruit your friends or family as cinematographers? Or you might just be able to hide your phone to capture the moment yourself. You will always have a memory of the moment but you may want to capture it and share the act in action rather than just the aftermath. 

 

  1. Finally!!!! Make sure you’ll get a “Yes”!

At the end of the day you choose how you’re going  to do it, at Shieldhill Castle we’d like to offer you our biggest congratulations for when the happy “Yes!” moment comes. And remember to contact our wedding team to find out more about a hosting your special day at Shieldhill Castle.

 

If we helped you get hitched, let us know by emailing marketing@shieldhillcastle.com to be featured in a story.

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3 of the most Scottish wedding traditions

Are you about to begin planning a traditional Scottish wedding? Well you’ll definitely need to incorporate some of the Scottish wedding traditions; from lucky charms, ceremony and dances and even traditional Scottish wedding gifts. So let’s talk about how you can incorporate them into your big day. 

 Scottish Wedding Traditions – The Bagpipes 

 When it comes to traditional Scottish wedding music, the bagpipes are the place to start. They keep the guests entertained as they are arriving, setting the scene for the ceremony; they pipe the bride in to the venue and the newlyweds out; and pipe the couple to the top table when it’s time for the wedding reception.  Two most popular Scottish wedding Bride entrance songs are Highland Cathedral and Dark Isle and there is a whole host of music to get you into the spirit of things. 

Scottish Wedding Traditions – Gifts

* The ‘wedding sark’ is the traditional name given to the shirt worn by the groom which is gifted by the bride. The groom pays for the wedding dress in return.

* Clocks are traditionally given to the happy couple by the best man in the north east while the maid of honour gives them a tea set.

* A luckenbooth is a brooch given as a love token by a gentleman to his betrothed. They are usually made of silver and engraved with two hearts combined.

Scottish Wedding Traditions – Lucky Omens

* Right foot forward is the correct procedure a bride should follow when exiting her house on her way to the wedding.

* A sixpence in the bride’s shoe has long been a tradition in Aberdeenshire and Angus. Feel free to include this Scottish wedding tradition at your wedding if you can or even know what a sixpence is! 

* A sprig of white heather hidden in the bride’s bouquet is a popular good luck token in the Scottish Borders.

* The ‘wedding scramble’ is traditional in most parts of Scotland. As the bride steps into the car, her father throws a handful of coins for the children to collect. Believed to bring about financial good fortune, it also takes place in weddings in Ayrshire where it is known as a ‘warsel’.

These Scottish weddings have evolved and adapted over the centuries to suit changing times and customs however, many more remain today, and they encompass more than simply wearing a kilt and drinking whiskey. ”.We hope you have enjoyed some insight on how to make  your wedding as Scottish as could be.

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Thanks you to all

As this year comes to an end, we would would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported Shieldhill Castle throughout our initial year.

We have appreciated every effort from all our staff, contractors and suppliers.

We would like to thank all our followers and customers who have been part of our journey so far in bringing Shieldhill Castle back to life.

We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021 to make treasured memories together. Stay tuned for the latest news right here.

Shieldhill Castle Team

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WW1 Bombs found at on Shieldhill Castle Grounds

Did you miss the news?? Don’t worry as Peeblesshire News shared it too!! Check it out now: http://ow.ly/31xg30rmrkC

We still cannot believe we discovered these First World War artefacts on the castle grounds.

If you have any information to link the background of these artefacts, old stories, history or photos of the Castle in the war times, share it with us in our comments. You never know you might be featured in our news too!

Photo: Helen Barrington

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Halloween Pumpkin Delight

After receiving almost 30 entry’s of amazing carved pumpkins from children around Biggar we could not decided who the winner was going to be! It was then left for our followers to decide!!! 

With over 80 comments we would like to say a huge well done to Finlay!!! The public have picked your pumpkin!! 

Amazing efforts all round and big thank you again to all participants! Keep your eyes out for more competitions like this to be our next Shieldhill Castle Competition Winner.

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The Bridal Suite

Our bridal suite is a beautiful space where a bride can take the time to get ready for her perfect day surrounded by her friends and family. It has a separate lounge and dining area to make the big day that little bit more special.

This suite incorporates every necessary feature for beautiful brides to relax and glow on their big day. From the natural sunlight peeking through around the whole suite to assist the photographer capturing all of your beauty, to the stunning views of Tinto View to overlook whilst you are about to take this journey on your own momentous moment.  

If your interesting in having your wedding at Shieldhill Castle please contact our Wedding Coordinator at events@shieldhillcastle.com