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Ferniehirst Castle - Castle Kerr Tours

Jedburgh, United Kingdom
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Christian S wrote a review Jul 2021
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Excellent tour, the host was most entertaining and knowledgeable. Lots of local history in one of the oldest castles in the area. An absolute must go when you are in the Scottish Borders.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Wanderer240026 wrote a review Jul 2021
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One of the best tours… very knowledgeable about the history. Totally worth going thru.amazing inside and out.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Betsy K wrote a review Sep 2019
Atlanta, Georgia23 contributions38 helpful votes
Ferniehirst is the ancestral home of a branch of Clan Kerr and was our sole reason for visiting this area of Scotland. Although there had been some interior mishap a few days before our arrival and tours canceled, we went anyway to see the exterior and found that Bob Larson, curator and guide extraordinaire, was there ready to tell his stories. How grateful we were for that! We knew little of the Kerrs of Scotland before visiting, and our visit inspired us to learn more. The castle is stunning. Even if you're not a Kerr, go see it! (They only have tours in July each year.) The history of its owners and neighbors and battles with England, just 10 miles away, in the years before the union in 1707, is exciting and full of names you'll recognize. Thanks to Bob Larson for not letting two Kerrs from the USA down! Hope we can get back to see the inside some day.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Madeline S wrote a review Sep 2018
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What an incredible experience! Authentic and we enjoyed learning about the family history. The grounds were gorgeous!
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Date of experience: September 2018
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lindarG5696RI wrote a review Aug 2018
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Ferniehirst is special to me because it is featured in my novels. I am an American, with a keen interest in the history of the Scottish Borders. I am a member of the Marie Stuart Society and the visit to Ferniehirst was part of a day arranged by the president of the society and other of my fellow members. While the setting of the present castle is very different from that of the 16th and 17th centuries, because the Borders have been tamed and the forests, gone. curator Bob Lawson was able to bring it back for those in his tour group who did not have my knowledge of its history. And to cap it off, I had an opportunity to meet and converse with the laird, Lord Ralph Kerr. The castle, however, is only open to the public during July, in connection with the Jedhart Callants Festival. My visit was i July 2016.
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Date of experience: December 2017
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