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Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh

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#14 of 44 in Historic Sites in 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. Make Craigmillar Castle a part of your Edinburgh vacation plans using our Edinburgh trip itinerary planner.
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  • We walked the 3 miles to Craigmillar Castle~ while it is faster to take the street, the walk home via the Innocent Trail (old railroad) by Holyrood Park was MUCH more pleasant. The castle? 100% fun, f...  more »
  • Craigmillar Castle is located on Craigmillar Castle Road.....The ruinous 14th-century castle still has a lot to explore and the walled areas are nice to walk around. Definitely allow up to a couple of...  more »
  • Just on the outskirts of Edinburgh my husband and I enjoyed a beautiful visit to the 14th Century medieval Craigmillar Castle. We took the bus which dropped us of at the backside of the Castle. We the...  more »
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  • 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!
  • great castle to visit. It made me feel like I was following the steps og Mary Queen of the Scots
  • One of my favorites we visited. Kept in great condition with minimal foot traffic.
  • Park around the castle could be cleaner... Nice view towards Arthur seat but castle quite damaged. Can be rented for events.
  • An amazingly well preserved castle. A hidden gem of Edinburgh.

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