Fatlips Castle

Fatlips Castle, Hawick: Address, Fatlips Castle Reviews: 5/5

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Mamatravelshere
Harrogate, UK58 contributions
Big hill, massive view,
May 2021
Absolutely breathtaking views from the hill that Fatlips castle sits on. A steady climb on quite good forest pathways. A perfect place for a picnic if you take your rubbish away.
Written 26 May 2021
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Matt W
Stone, UK23 contributions
Half term stroll in the drizzle
Oct. 2020 • Family
Great little walk up to the castle and back.
Locked down due to Covid restrictions but worth it for the views on a drizzly, but thankfully clear enough day.
Written 29 October 2020
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Bibcay
Gateshead, UK3,416 contributions
Great
Aug. 2020
Did not climb up it just saw it from the road. It looks fantabulous and it’s in a fabulous location.
Written 4 August 2020
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ianpresnell
Melbourne, Australia54 contributions
Great view
Sep. 2019 • Family
A steep climb but a fantastic view. Worth getting the key from Thos Oliver’s garage in Denholm. The castle itself might be more for those with a personal connection (especially Clan Turnbull) but the view is really worth the effort.
Written 7 October 2019
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Purdycats
Clevedon, UK11 contributions
Fatlips Castle
Aug. 2019
Wow, the walk is very arduous and uphill through dense woodland - it took about 50mins in thick mud! However, the castle is worth it. You cannot just turn up - you have to pay to get a key
Written 4 September 2019
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Germaine F
Massachusetts51 contributions
PANORAMIC VIEWS WORTH THE CLIMB!
Jul. 2019
WOW! First, realize that you need to collect the key to this castle at the local garage in Denholm and leave a deposit. You have to promise to lock up the castle again and return the key.

The climb is not too difficult unless it's rained heavily the night before; then, it will be slippery on the beginning parts of the trail. My family wanted to climb to Fatlips Castle because we were tracking the history of the Turnbull Clan, and this is "their" castle.

The views of the Border region are spectacular! if you are hungry afterwards, head to Hawick for lunch and see also the TURNING OF THE BULL MONUMENT. This memorializes when William Rule saved King Robert the Bruce from death by turning the bull away from him. The King then named him "TURN-A-BULL" or TURNBULL.
Written 19 August 2019
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bluelizard
N Wales1,086 contributions
A pele tower atop Minto Crags with stunning views
Aug. 2019
Collect the key from Thos B Oliver garage in Denholm, pay £10 (£5 for a refundable deposit and £5 towards the upkeep). We drove to the lane and parked at the bottom (the garage will provide directions). Very muddy when we visited as there had been some heavy showers over the previous days. Took around 15 mins to walk to the top with our dog. Was great fun opening up. There is a storage room at ground level. A staircase (68 steps) leads to the hall on the first level (nicely restored) and then to the roof (loved the curved wooden door) which has a walkway so you can view the beautiful surrounding countryside. Return the key to the garage and get your deposit back. No toilet facilities. Tip: a torch may be useful as the shutters are kept closed to stop animals and birds getting in.
Written 7 August 2019
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griff2810
Isle of Lewis, UK209 contributions
Your own key to the castle
Jul. 2019 • Couples
We collected the key from the local garage in Denholm, paid our £5.00 and walked a couple of miles down quiet country roads until we arrived at the front door. It was kind of magical letting yourself in to a wonderfully restored castle in the middle of what seemed, nowhere. The views from the upper balconies were amazing. Go and do it you will not be disappointed.
Written 19 July 2019
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BrodieIan
Ashington, UK95 contributions
So Peaceful - But takes your breath away!
Jun. 2019 • Solo
Had some spare time on recent golf trip so took a look at Fatlips, defo worth a visit if in the area oh and its FREE unless you want to see inside and a key can be purchased in Denholm. Now I am quite fit and a postie and I was out of breath when I reached the top! 15 minutes at a steady pace which is what it took me, others could break half way or just take there time and probably do it in 25 mins. Fantastic views and so quiet. I was only one there for an hour or so, can imagine a brill sunrise or sunset there but would not go alone though those woods lol I will return when in the area again for more photos and to see inside next time.
Written 21 June 2019
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Phil M
Southport, UK62 contributions
An absolute must!
May 2019
If you are in the area a visit to this castle is an absolute must. Collect the key from Oliver's garage and after a short drive the walk up to the castle begins. It takes about half an hour and has a few steep bits but it is well worth it. Open the door to the castle, climb the tower and the view is wonderful. Another bonus to this, if you are into motorcycles, Oliver's garage is where Steve Hislop trained as a mechanic.
Written 11 June 2019
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