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Castles & Ancient Monuments in Edinburgh

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blank tabEDINBURGH CASTLECastles & Historic Monuments
Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 2NG
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A mighty fortress, the defender of the nation, and home of the famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo - Edinburgh Castle has dominated the skyline for centuries and is part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. The powerful stronghold has withstood many sieges and its sumptuous apartments were a favoured residence of Scottish kings and queens. Today countless treasures are protected by the castle walls. Marvel at the nation's crown jewels, smell the gunpowder after the One o'Clock Gun fires, hear the castle's great story on a guided tour and taste Scottish produce in the cafés - all in this magnificent fortress.
Tel: 0131 225 9846    Fax: 0131 220 4733See our website

blank tabCRAIGMILLAR CASTLECastles & Historic Monuments
Craigmillar Castle Road, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH16 4SY

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 castle’s 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 Mary’s husband, Lord Darnley. Wedding ceremonies can take place in the Great Hall, which can accommodate up to 60 people.
Tel: 0131 661 4445

The Scottish Haunts of Mary, Queen of Scots

Borthwick Castle Photo © Nick Watts

Borthwick Castle - Photo : Nick Watts CCL


As in England, where the number of historical establishments that claim, "Queen Victoria slept here," is legion, the same holds true in Scotland for Mary, Queen of Scots. In her relatively brief 45 years of life, Mary seems to have spent at least one night in just about every castle of note in Scotland. More...

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Tantallon Castle

near North Berwick, EH39 5PN
Tel: 01620 892727     E-mail:

Set on the edge of the cliffs, looking out to the Bass Rock, this formidable castle was a stronghold of the Douglas family. It features earthwork defences and a massive 50ft high 14th century curtain wall with towers. A forework was added in the 16th century to defend the central tower against artillery The Scottish Tourist Board graded this attraction 'Commended'.

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Crichton Castle

Crichton, Pathhead, EH37 5XA‎
Tel: 01785 320017

Bulit as the lordly residence of the Crichtons. Stunning 16th-century courtyard façade.

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Blackness Castle

Blackness, Linlithgow, EH49 7NH‎
Tel: 01506 834807

Built in the 15th century by one of Scotland's most powerful families, the Crichton's.

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Linlithgow Palace

Kirkgate, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7AL
Tel: 01506 842896

The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace are set in a park beside a loch.

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Dirleton Castle And Gardens

Dirleton, East Lothian,  EH39 5ER
Tel: 01620 850330

The 13th-centurty castle has boasted a garden since the medieval times, as a fortified residence.

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