Ferniehirst Castle

Ferniehirst Castle

 

Opening Times

Annual July Opening

Tuesday - Sunday 2.00p.m. to 5.00p.m.

Closed Mondays also Friday 17th & Saturday 18th July 2015

 

This lovely castle was first built by Sir Thomas Ker of Smailholm c.1470, the son of Andrew Ker of Cessford. Thomas married his cousin Margaret Ker of Kersheugh and it was their oldest son Andrew known as Dand who established the powerful Ferniehirst Cadet branch of the Cessford Kers. The castle was taken in 1523 by Lord Dacre and the English armies remained in occupation until 1549. This castle and the castle at Cessford introduce visitors to the very root of the Kerr family who fought out of Selkirk Forest in the two wars for Scottish independence and were rewarded by Robert the Bruce with a small portion of land to be known as Kersheugh on the banks of the Jed Water. A farm, not far from Ferniehirst still bears the name.

The Bastle House, converted into a chapel in the 17th century is used today as the visitor centre

Getting there

Leave Jedburgh on the main A68 road head South for 2 miles

The castle is signposted

Turn left through the main gates

Drive slowly

Pass the castle courtyard on your right and park in the visitor centre car park

Report to visitor centre for guided tours only

Entrance fees and gifts by cash only