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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 16th Century Scottish Pele tower. Built some 500 years ago, it was home to Johnnie Armstrong, a notorious Border Reiver. In 1530 this powerful Laird was hanged by a young Scottish king, James V, his story romanticised by Walter Scott. Gilnockie Tower stands in what were known as the Debatable Lands-so-called because no-one knew if they belonged to Scotland, or England.

Gilnockie Tower has five floors, including a vaulted chamber, banqueting hall and a 72 step spiral staircase. The entrance stone into the vaulted chamber is thought to be two thousand years old. Once a roofless ruin, the building 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.
For the moment the Johnnie Armstrong of Gilnockie Café is serving hot drinks only.

 Many times recognised by historians, students and visitors alike as: the Gilnockie Tower; Armstrong’s Tower; Hollows Tower; or Hole house 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 Phone: 013873 71373

Gilnockie Tower Mobile: 07733 065587

Gilnockie Tower Phone Intl: +44 13873 71373

Gilnockie Tower Mobile Intl: +44 7733 065587


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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?

013873 71373 or 07733 065587


We are open 7 days every week from 10.00am until 4.00pm summer schedule (1st of April until 31st of October 2021) 11:00am until 3:00pm winter schedule (1st of November 2021 until 31st of March 2022)

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.


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