Aikwood Tower Oakwood
NT 420-260 Selkirkshire Scotland
Aikwood Tower is a rectangular mid 16th century stone tower house, founded by the Scotts of Aikwood. Of four storeys and an attic, its walls are pierced by gunloops and the original ground floor entrance in the north-west wall. The basement is vaulted and a wide turnpike stair leads to the first floor hall, a small 'laird's room' and the private chambers above. Abandoned in the mid 18th century, the tower was then used for agricultural storage and a single storey byre still adjoins the south-east wall. Later ground floor entrances have been broken through both gable walls but above this the external walls, crow-step gables and corbelled-out bartizans on opposing angles have had little alternation. Standing on a bluff that overlooks Ettrick Water, in 1989-92 Sir David Steel renovated and restored the tower back into a dwelling house. 3 miles north is Newark Castle and 4 miles west is Kirkhope Tower.
Aikwood Tower is located at Oakwood Farm, off the B7009. 4 miles north-west of Selkirk, on the B7009.
The site is privately owned and offers exclusive use, hotel or self catering accommodation, a wedding ceremony or corporate events, check website for details. The view from the road is restricted.
There is a car park.