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Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh

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Although Craigmillar Castle is a ruined medieval castle, this site is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland. When you explore, you will find a spacious courtyard in the middle, while picturesque gardens and small ponds surround the castle. Don’t miss the walls of a chapel and a dovecot in the northeast corner as well. The castle is best known for its association with Mary, Queen of Scots, who arrived there following an illness after the birth of her son, James VI. To plan Edinburgh vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • Took the bus to Craigmillar castle a couple miles out of town. Walk through the park (5-10 minutes) to the stunning castle. Well preserved castle. Practically to ourselves. Easy to imagine living back...  more »
  • While this castle is a ruin much of it is well preserved. There are a great many books and crannies to explore and you could spend many happy hours exploring or playing hide and seek. Close enough to ...  more »
  • Craigmillar Castle ruins are a very interesting and take quite a bit of time to walk through it all. You are even permitted to walk out on the top floor "roof" to look out over the grounds and take in...  more »
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  • Great easy access superb ruined castle with plenty to see. Views from top of surrounding areas are amazing. Friendly knowledgeable staff.
  • What a beautiful Castle completely wowed by the two Rowan trees as u enter the courtyard. Great place for my little one to run around and beautiful views from the top of the castle
  • Amazing castle someway close to Edinburgh city centre (30-45 min bus). There are stunning views from the top. The castle is very nicely maintain and the price is much cheaper than Edinburgh castle.
  • Craigmillar Castle was very interesting, to explore the various rooms, cellars and multiple kitchens. Kids will probably love this castle for hide and seek! The castle is situated on large grounds, so it can take longer than expected to get to the visitor center entrance if you come by buses. Once inside, it's worth staying for an hour to explore and read the information boards. Definitely climb up to the rooftop for a great view of Arthur's seat & Edinburgh castle perched on top of the hill! The only downside for me was that they were trimming grass around the castle when I came, which was terrible timing for someone with hay fever/ pollen allergies!
  • Really interesting place. You can walk as you like, not really crowded and close, walking distance from Edinburgh centre
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