Gilnockie Tower Reiver Centre

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


Gilnockie is one of the finest examples of a 16th century pele tower. Towering over the River Esk, this stone fortress was the power-base of a mighty chieftain.


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?


To find out more about Gilnockie Tower and its rich history, why not come and visit?

Road: A7 Carlisle to Edinburgh Trunk Route then lookout for the brown signs on the Canonbie by-pass directing you to the Clan Armstrong Centre.


Bus: X95 bus travels hourly between Carlisle and Edinburgh and passes the Gilnockie Tower road end. Just let the driver know you are visiting the Clan Armstrong Centre or Gilnockie Tower and the driver will oblige. You pick up the return journey at the same spot; just hold your hand out when the bus arrives and they will pick you up. They are a really good team driving the X95 route.

About the Tower