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.

 

Experience

The Turbulent Heritage of the Past

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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.

Gilnockie Tower Canonbie

Gilnockie Tower, Ancestral Home to The Clan Armstrong

Gilnockie Tower, a Clan Armstrong stronghold. Home to a Borderland legend.

Gilnockie stands in what were known as the Debateable Lands; so-called because no-one knew who they belonged to. Was it England, or was it Scotland?

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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