Gilnockie Tower

Home of the Clan Armstrong Centre.


Explore the Past

Gilnockie is one of the finest examples of a 16th century pele tower.


Was it England, or was it Scotland?

Gilnockie stands in what were known as the Debateable Lands; so-called because no-one knew who they belonged to.



The Turbulent Heritage of the Past


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.

Gilnockie Tower is a stunning example of a Scottish Pele tower. Built almost 500 years ago, and it was home to Johnnie Armstrong of Gilnockie, a notorious Border Reiver. In 1530 this powerful chieftain was hanged by a Scottish king, and his story romanticised by Walter Scott.

Gilnockie Tower has five floors, including vaulted chamber, banqueting hall and spiral staircase. The entrance hall stone is thought to be two thousand years old. Once a roofless ruin, the building had been completely refurbished during the 1970s, and following recent repairs and redecoration is open as a clan and visitor attraction.

The Clan Armstrong Centre houses reiving artefacts and the world’s largest collection of Armstrong archives.

Neil Alden Armstrong

Professor Neil Alden Armstrong, Astronaut, the first Freeman of the Burgh of Langholm,

“My pleasure is not just at the honour accorded me in this the land of Johnnie of Gilnockie, but as the genuine feeling I have among those hills, and more particularly among these people.” Neil Armstrong,

Gilknockie Tower Figurine

Gilkockie Tower Figurine

These limited-edition figurines depicting “Gilnockie Tower the ancient home of the Clan Armstrong are individually hand made in the border town of Langholm, by Sandra and Norman Maxwell.

Between them they have 77 years’ experience in figurine manufacture gained in the employ of Border Fine Arts, world renowned manufacturer of collectable figurines

Border Reivers

The Reiver Trail

Reivers, often recognised as the finest light cavalry in Europe, raided both sides of the Anglo-Scottish Border during the 16th century. They were opportunists, and would take what they could, where they could, but did respect their own kinfolks

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