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Gilnockie Tower
Gilnockie Tower Reiver Centre
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Gilnockie Tower

The Esk Valley Clan Armstrong Reiver Centre

The Clan Armstrong Ancestral Home

History, Mystery and Discovery while exploring the far-reaching lands of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers, join us for an enthralling 500 years of Clan Armstrong History at Gilnockie Tower Reiver Centre.

Gilnockie Tower is a stunning example of a Scottish pele tower. Built some 500 years ago, it was home to Johnnie Armstrong, a notorious border reiver. In 1530 this powerful chieftain was hanged by a Scottish king, his story romanticised by Walter Scott.

Gilnockie Tower has five floors, including vaulted chamber, banqueting hall and spiral staircase. The entrance stone is thought to be two thousand years old. Once a roofless ruin, the place has been completely refurbished and is open as a clan and visitor attraction. The Clan Armstrong Centre houses reiving artefacts and the world’s largest collection of Armstrong archives.

Many times recognised by historians, students and visitors alike as: the Gilnockie Tower; Armstrong’s Tower; Hollows Tower; or Holehouse Tower and believed to be from the period circa 1490-1520 as a rubble built, carved stone, Medieval Period Scots Tower House.

Clan Armstrong Centre

Ancestral Home of the Clan Armstrong

Gilnockie Tower Reiver Centre Phone: 013873 71373

Gilnockie Tower Mobile: 07733 065587

Hollows Phone Intl: +44 13873 71373

Canonbie Mobile Intl: +44 7733 065587

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Registered Charity Company No. SC104156 (Scotland)

Gilnockie Tower is currently closed due to COVID-19, this page will be updated with opening hours as soon as they are available

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