GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Fatlips Castle Walk

1 miles (1 km)

This walk climbs to a wonderfully positioned peel towerinRoxburghshire, in theScottish Borders.
From the 16th century tower there are some splendid views over Teviotdale and beyond.
You can start your walk from the car park to the east of the hill. Then follow the steep track up to Minto Crags and the tower. From the parking spot it’s roughly a 30 - 40 minute walk to the top where you can take in the far reaching views of the surrounding countryside and hills.
To continue your walking in the area head east to Harestanes where you can climb to the Waterloo Monument on Peniel Heugh hill and enjoy some fine views of the area. The Georgian Monteviot House and Jedburgh Abbey are also located in this area.

Fatlips Castle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Fatlips Castle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

As of 2022, interior access to the castle is restricted, a departure from previous years when visitors could obtain a key by leaving a small deposit. This unique system not only allowed exploration of the castle's interior, including all four floorless storeys and the 56-foot height connected by a spiral staircase to the parapet walk, but also contributed to restoration funds. Despite this change, the castle's location still promises visitors breathtaking views across Teviotdale, northward to the Eildon Hills, and southeast towards the English border, making it a worthwhile destination.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Fatlips Castle - - 770386

Fatlips Castle. Perched atop Minto Crags, a short distance from the village of Denholm in Teviotdale and about a mile from the nearest road, stands Fatlips Castle. This 16th-century structure was originally built by the Turnbull family, known for their Border reiver activities. The tower underwent a significant restoration in 2013, transforming it from a state of disrepair.

Fatlips Castle 2

The castle is said to have obtained its unusual name from the habit of the members of the house to greet guests with less discretion than was considered decent at the time. One of the pleasures of a visit to Fatlips used to be that "every gentleman, by indefeasible privilege, kisses one of the ladies on entering the ruin.

The parapet walkway at Fatlips Castle - - 3522810

The parapet walkway at Fatlips Castle.

Fields and forest near Fatlips Castle - - 2066256

Fields and forest near Fatlips Castle

The River Teviot at Spittal Ford - - 2922080

The River Teviot at Spittal Ford. A view of the river to the south of the castle.

Farmland by the River Teviot - - 3522805

Farmland by the River Teviot


GPS Files

GPX File

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