An ancient Scottish castle with pet friendly holiday accommodation sleeping 6 but perfect for a romantic weekend retreat too.

Bedrooms: 3 Sleeps: 6 / 2 Bathroom: 2 Pets welcome

Neidpath Castle is in a spectacular location, overlooking the River Tweed in the heart of the Scottish Borders and overlooks the River Tweed. Neidpath Barmkin is adjacent to the castle and Peebles is a 10 minute (half mile) walk along the river, where you will find many shops and restaurants. Close to the riverside, the Barmkin has a truly unique location for a holiday cottage - perfect for a romantic getaway – but sleeps up to 6, so it's an ideal choice for families too. You can enjoy outdoor activities arranged locally whether your stay is for a weekend short break or longer. For visits of a week or more, enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine and a private tour of the castle.

Neidpath Castle

Neidpath Barmkin, Neidpath Castle, Peebles, Scottish Borders

Many Scottish baronial homes had barmkins. These building are often listed in their own right nowadays. At Neidpath, they were once part of the castle’s defences, and may have been used to shelter cattle during raids. 'Nid' meant cattle in ancient times, and the castle’s name may derive from the narrow pass along the river where the cattle were herded. The Neidpath Barmkin is a conversion of part of the historic buildings, and is now welcoming and atmospheric cottage, inside and out. Enjoy the comforts of splendid four poster bed, roaring log fire, and well equipped kitchen. To make your stay extra special, there are lovely products from The Highland Soap Company, and a breakfast hamper brimming with goodies.

There is no finer location than the Tweed Valley from which to explore the famous unspoilt Scottish Borders countryside. For the walker there are rolling hills, extensive mature forests, superb river valleys and interesting towns and villages.

The town of Peebles is just half a mile away from Neidpath Barmkin. There are lots of shopping opportunities here from gorgeous gift ideas, divine shoe shops and lots of outdoor clothing. There is an abundance of coffee shops and great places to eat. Peebles is also an ideal base for not only visiting the Border towns but for Edinburgh too. The capital is just forty five minutes away for sightseeing, shopping, visiting galleries, museums and theatres and the Edinburgh Festival.

Peebles is now the centre of the mountain biking world, with Glentress, Innerleithen Downhill and 7Stanes all nearby. Fishing on the River Tweed is available within walking distance. For garden lovers, Kailzie and Dawyck with its glorious trees are a few miles away. John Buchan fans can walk through his beautifully described landscape all around.

Kayaking, archery, quad-biking, horse riding and falconry are among the many activities that can be arranged.

Cottage sleeps 5 Scottish Borders Castle
  • Sleeps - 6
  • Bedrooms - 3 (2 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom)
  • Master bedroom has four poster bed and ensuite shower room
  • Bathrooms - 2 (ensuite shower room plus family bathroom)
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer/dryer
  • Microwave
  • TV, DVD
  • Log fire
  • Free WiFi
  • Cot and high chair available
  • Outside table with 6 chairs and portable BBQ
  • Pet friendly (up to 2 dogs)
  • Private garden
  • Weekend and short breaks available
  • Peebles - 1/2 mile
  • Edinburgh airport - 30 miles
  • Edinburgh Waverley station - 26 miles
  • Pubs and restaurants - good choice in Peebles
  • Golf course - 1 mile
  • River Tweed - 200 yards
  • Glentress (Mountain Biking) - 2 miles
  • Walking
  • Swimming pool
  • Neidpath Castle, Traquair, Dawyck
  • Kayaking, archery, quad-biking
  • Horse riding and falconry
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Neidpath Barmkin cottage is adjacent to the medieval castle and overlooks the River Tweed below. It was once used as the kitchens for the castle after Cromwell destroyed the original one.

In the heart of the cottage there is a wonderful light-filled cosy and inviting sitting room with a large open log fire and windows to the north and south. Relax in great comfort in an arm chair or on one of the sofas.

The seperate kitchen is south facing, light and bright and large enough to sit in with a fully equipped work area including a 5 hob gas cooker with a large electric oven and plenty of crockery and utensils. Table and seating for 6 guests.

The master bedroom has a four poster bed draped with stunning green and pink furnishings, and has an ensuite shower room.

Beyond the laundry room with utility area (washing machine and dryer) at the east end of the cottage is another double bedroom with unusually gorgeous wall paper and window to the north.

The family bathroom has a full sized bath for soaking in with a hand shower attachment, and is in the centre of the cottage. The twin bedroom has a pretty red glass chandelier and is at the far west end of the cottage.

The cottage is pet friendly for up to two dogs - there is a lovely private garden with out door table and chairs and portable BBQ.

All the rooms are decorated in a charming traditional way, with proper curtains and shutters throughout.


From Edinburgh, take the A703 to Peebles. Go through Peebles and out towards Glasgow. Neidpath is 1/2 mile beyond the town on the left.

From Moffat (A74M), take the A702 to Peebles, turn right onto the A72 just before Broughton, signposted to Peebles. Go through Drumezlier and Stobo. Turn right at T junction to Peebles. Neidpath Castle is 3 miles further, on the right, just before Peebles.

What's included:

Heating and logs for the fire are included in the rental price.
Bed linen and towels are provided.

To make your stay extra special, there are lovely products from The Highland Soap Company, and a breakfast hamper brimming with goodies.

For visits of a week or more, enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine and a private tour of the castle.

Cost and availability:

Neidpath Castle Cottage is rented out throughout the year.

Change over day is Friday - check out 10am, check in 4pm.

Weekend and short breaks are available.

Very convenient to rent if you wish to hold a party at the castle.

Disabled access - all accommodation on one floor.

To book this unique holiday cottage next to a castle near Peebles, click the enquiry button below and see availability and rental rates.

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Neidpath Barmkin, Neidpath Castle, Peebles, Scottish Borders EH45 8NW Scotland

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The situation of this cottage is amazing, overlooking the River Tweed so ideal for a fishing holiday. There is so much to do in the area - it's the centre of the mountain biking world but there are lots of gentler activities nearby. Beautifully decorated and with a log fire to relax in front of this is a really special cottage! Neidpath Barmkin was formerly known as Neidpath Castle Cottage.