PLANS have been unveiled for a major tourism park near a Borders castle.

Lauderdale Estates want to develop more than 50 hectares of land at Thirlestane Castle, near Lauder, into a holiday park.

The early proposals for the site, which sits around a kilometre from the Grade A listed castle, suggest catering for around 500 static caravans, lodges and eco-cabins as well as creating stances for around 50 touring caravans.

The developers also want to create a new access road to the site from the A68 and build an entrance hub, consisting of a shop and other facilities.

The identified 52.6 hectares of land is currently a mix of agricultural fields and forestry.

Full landscape, cultural heritage, flood-risk, transport and ecology assessments will be carried out ahead of a planning application being submitted.