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Smailholm Tower

Well-preserved 15th century rectangular tower

Smailholm Tower

Due to water damage suffered by extreme weather during the winter months, Smailholm Tower is currently closed to carry out essential repairs, re-opening on Saturday 7th May 2016 (open weekends only). We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Home to the Pringles and Scotts, Smailholm is a prominent landmark that proved inspirational to Sir Walter Scott who is buried at nearby Dryburgh Abbey.


  • The stunning views from the battlements.
  • The completeness of the 15th-century laird’s residence – the roofed and floored four-storey tower house together with the adjacent buildings and barmkin (courtyard) wall.
  • The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border exhibition in the tower house – costume figures and tapestries of extraordinary charm and captivating interest illustrating the intimate link between Smailhom, Scott and his Minstrelsy.
Download Sample Audio Tour
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MP3, audio file Audio tour - track 1 [mp3, 571kb]
MP3, audio file Audio tour - track 2 [mp3, 523kb]
MP3, audio file Audio tour -  track 3 [mp3, 2.4mb]
MP3, audio file Audio tour - track 4 [mp3, 2.3mb]
MP3, audio file Audio tour - track 5 [mp3, 703kb]

The full audio tour is free during your visit.

Green Tourism Award - Gold


Region – Scottish Borders
Postcode: TD5 7PG

Opening arrangements

Summer Only
1 May - 30 September, Sat Sun, 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)

Admission prices

Adult £4.50, Child £2.70, Concession £3.60

Events at Smailholm Tower

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5 May 2016

Weaving the Unicorn exhibition

Stirling Castle

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David Roberts Exhibition

Duff House

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Kaleidoscope II

Duff House

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Ring of Brodgar Walk

Ring Of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge

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Bolts and Bodkins

Edinburgh Castle

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