Borthwick Castle Mote of Lochorwart
NT 370-597 Midlothian Scotland
Mote of Lochorwart was a 13th century earthwork enclosure fortress, founded by the lairds of Lochorwart. In 1430 King James I, granted Sir William de Borthwick a charter to crenellate and he founded Borthwick Castle on the mote-hill. The stone U-plan keep, is of five storeys with two wings of seven and eight storeys and was originally encased by an irregularly-shaped ditched curtain wall, flanked by round and rectangular towers. In 1650, an eastern artillery bombardment by the troops of Oliver Cromwell made a large cavity in the stonework, destroying the parapet. John, lord Borthwick surrendered the castle on honorable terms and left it abandoned until the late 19th, early 20th century when it was renovated and restored. A modern entrance stands on the site of the original gateway and at the eastern base of the promontory are the remains a wide ditch, with a low outer rampart. 2 miles north-east is Crichton Castle and 4 miles north-west is Dalhousie Castle.
Borthwick Castle is located in the village centre, off the A7. 12 miles south-east of Edinburgh, on the A772-A7.
The site is a privately owned hotel and is open, mid-March to 2nd of January, with exclusive use during the closed season. Access is restricted to guests with reservations for an overnight stay, a wedding ceremony or dining in the restaurant, check website for details. The castle is visible from the road.
There is a car park.