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Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle Road, Edinburgh EH16 4SY, Scotland
+44 131 661 4445
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The castle of Craigmillar is one of the most perfectly preserved castles in Scotland. Even today, the castle retains the character of a medieval stronghold. Building began in the early 15th century, and over the next 250 years the castle became a comfortable residence surrounded by fine gardens and pastureland. The castles history is not only closely involved with the city of Edinburgh, but plays an important part in the story of Mary Queen of Scots who fled to Craigmillar Castle following the murder of Rizzio. It was in the castle where the plot was hatched to murder Marys husband, Lord Darnley. Built round an L-plan tower house of the early 15th Century, Craigmillar was much expanded in the 15th and 16th Centuries. It is a handsome ruin, including a range of private rooms linked to the hall of the old tower. Open all year. Winter closed Thurs and Fri.
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Craigmillar Castle Road, Edinburgh EH16 4SY, Scotland
+44 131 661 4445
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As castles go this has nearly everything that I look for. It is sufficiently complete to give a very good idea of life in its heyday, is well looked after, provides great views of the city and surrounding areas. It is quiet, despite being within...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

Went not expecting too much but was very pleasantly surprised at how much there is to see and enjoy about its history and the views from the top of the castle are excellent of a clear day (which it was).

Thank BasilEdinburgh
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Craigmillar Castle became Asdmuir Prison in Season 3 of Outlander where Jamie spent many years after allowing himself to be arrested so his family wouldn't starve. Actually, Craigmillar Castle is a medieval castle where Mary, Queen of Scots lived for some time. It's quite large...More

Thank tjm1946
Reviewed 30 October 2017

We took a city bus and then walked about 10 minutes to the castle. Loved exploring all of the rooms, nooks and crannies. Lots of stairs to climb. View from top was beautiful. There is a small gift shop and bathrooms on the property. There...More

Thank Sue S
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Took about 30 min from city center on the Lothian bus 30. Get off at Craigmillar crossroads. Cross over the road and walk past the shops to the top of the road. You will then see the sign for the castle and a hilly pathway...More

Thank myfunnybones
Reviewed 24 October 2017

A truly great castle. Imposing, beautiful, lots of rooms and stairs to explore. Terrific views from the top of the walls. A great walk around the castle and the surrounding fields as well provide some marvelous views of the castle.

Thank Eirewolf
Reviewed 23 October 2017

I went to Craigmillar Castle via bus #30 from Princes Street in the Newtown area of Edinburgh. At the final bus stop, I walked between 5-10 minutes to the castle. There weren't many people there, so I felt that I was exploring the runs all...More

Thank travelsnearandfar
Reviewed 20 October 2017

This is one of those castles which we keep coming back to. Something about it. The castle is outside the city but is still easy to get to by public transport. It's a 45 minute walk from the Meadows if you are up for it....More

Thank Tom N
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Despite it was raining, the visit was still interesting. Short. The castle was under renovation/maintenance. Be aware, the toilet is located close to the parking spot... Bit walk from the castle. So you better start your visit from the toilet.. Haha. The parking spot for...More

Thank Agyys
Reviewed 17 October 2017

A very well preserved medieval castle, with lots of rooms and stairways to explore, plus high walkways with great views. Easy to get to by bus from Edinburgh city centre (with a 10min walk at the other end). I visited with a group of friends,...More

Thank Stitchmaker
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Phoebe D
10 October 2017|
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Response from Nhu_Phuong | Reviewed this property |
I think Uber is a better option if it is available for you because taking the bus means walking about 20 minutes from the bus station to the castle. But it is anyways a very nice walk on a day with good weather. If I... More
30 September 2017|
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Response from Emily S | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are. All through the park and in the castle.
Faith S
12 June 2017|
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Response from Craig B | Reviewed this property |
Hi, yes you can walk down the back of Arthur's seat and through the ancient village of Duddingston which has one of the oldest pubs in the U.K. 'The sheeps Heid Inn' well worth a visit. Then up hill to the castle, there are... More