The Esk Valley Reiver Centre, Gilnockie Tower.
It is also the ancestral home the Clan Armstrong.
‘Gilnockie Tower will be temporarily closed until the 1st March 2022 due to alterations to the building and exhibits.
However, if you are in the Gilnockie Tower area, with a burning ambition to visit, please allow at least at least 12 hours warning. Please phone ahead on one of our two website advertised phone numbers and we will respond to reasonable requests. Thank you, Gilnockie Tower.’
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History, Mystery and Discovery while exploring the far-reaching lands of the Scottish Border Reivers.
Join us for an enthralling 500 years of Anglo-Scottish History at Gilnockie Tower.
Gilnockie Tower is a stunning example of a Scottish Pele tower, built some five centuries ago.
It was home to Johnnie Armstrong, a notorious Anglo-Scottish border reiver. In 1530 this powerful Laird was hanged by a young Scottish king, James V, his story was romanticised by Sir Walter Scott.
Once a roofless ruin, the building has been completely refurbished and is open as a clan and visitor attraction. The Tower has five floors, including a vaulted chamber, banqueting hall and a 72 step spiral staircase.
The embedded stone in the entrance passageway into the vaulted chamber is thought to be two thousand years old.
The Centre houses reiving artefacts, and the world’s largest collection of Armstrong archives.
For the moment the Johnnie Armstrong of Gilnockie Café is serving hot drinks and sweet biscuits only.
Many times recognised by several differing names, historians, students and visitors alike recognise it as: the Gilnockie Tower; Armstrong’s Tower; Hollows Tower; or Holehouse Tower. Believed to be from the period circa 1490-1520 as a rubble built, with carved stone, Medieval Period Scots Tower House.
Should you wish to visit Gilnockie Tower to experience the 16th century, please phone and book a time so that we can arrange a safe and exciting experience for you?
Gilnockie Tower Phone Numbers
Phone:+44 13873 71373
Mobile: +44 7733 065587
Gilnockie Tower is currently adhering to existing Scottish Government guidance regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), and invites its workforce, visitors and associates to please adhere to the ongoing, but constantly changing advice from the Scottish Government website.
These are unprecedented times, and our most important and primary concern is the safety of our workforce, visitors and associates. As time goes on we are reviewing ongoing developments on a day to day basis, and will adjust our method of operation, when it is safe and fitting to do so.