designationFatlips Castle was designated as a monument of national importance on 12 December, 1969 under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. This provides statutory protection and aims to preserve sites and monuments as far as possible in their historical form. Once a monument is scheduled, prior written consent from Historic Environment Scotland is required for most works including repairs.
Reference: SM2881
Date Added: 30/12/1969
Type: Secular: castle
Local Authority: Scottish Borders
Parish: Minto
National Grid Reference: NT 581 208
Coordinates: 358100, 620800

Fatlips Castle is also a category B listed building on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. As such, it may not be demolished, extended or altered without special permission from the local planning authority. For a building to be included on the list, it must be a man-made structure that has survived resembling its original appearance. All buildings built before 1700 which meet these criteria are listed. Most structures on the list are buildings, but some are bridges, monuments, sculptures, and war memorials. Owners of listed buildings may be compelled to repair and maintain them and can face criminal prosecution if they fail to do so or if they perform unauthorised alterations.
Category: B
Date Listed: 16 March 1971
Historic Scotland Building ID: 15235
OS Grid Coordinates: 358198, 620891
Latitude/Longitude: 55.4800, -2.6629
Historic Scotland Inventory Vol. II p.420
In their 2012 Scottish Borders Local Landscape Designation Review the Scottish Borders Council said:
"Minto Crags are a dramatic feature contrasting strongly with the gentle farmed valley Teviot below. Long views along the Teviot valley are terminated by the monument on Peniel Heugh. The romantic setting of Fatlips Castle is a reminder of a historic past, when the landscape was dominated by wealthy landowning and military classes, and extensive designed landscapes make a positive contribution. The smooth, rounded grassy Minto Hills contrast with the rugged, wooded Minto Crags."