Hillslap is situated in the Scottish Borders not far from Melrose. The door lintel is inscribed with the date 1585. It is a L-plan, vaulted tower house of 4 storeys with the wing rising higher. A stair turret at the re-entrant is partially supported by a 'squinch' which are relatively rare. Gunloops are in evidence as would be expected in a castle of its era and location.
Long roofless it was splendidly restored by an SCA member in the 1980s. The rebuilding included some 'low profile' additions which do not disturb the symmetry of the original tower.
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View our extensive collection of castle postcards (circa 1900).