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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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  • This was a super place to visit. So many nooks and crannies to explore. We spent ages looking around. Lovely views. Helpful staff. Well worth a visit. Very well kept castle and a lovely friendly...  more »
  • 40 minutes from the city centre and you will live the experience of that age. you will feel like y r living there and you are ready for war. Cheap ticket value for money. worth every minute and...  more »
  • We’ve visited a lot of Historic Scotland properties, and this one has to take first prize for the amazing number of spiral staircases and little rooms tucked away. We spent quite a time exploring the....  more »
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  • Charming, romantic ruins of a beautiful hunting castle with a rich history. It surprises with a great interior layout. You can explore with your pet. I would highly recommend!
  • Absolutely loved this place! I consider it the best place to visit in Edinburgh. A nice family home that has been preserved through the years. Once you get inside, you feel like people just moved out... Feels like the true spirit of Edinburgh - resilient, but hospitable.
  • The castle itself is wonderful and after an exciting 15 minutes of fame in the Outlaw King there's plenty reasons to visit this much more serene castle that's still rather accessible within the Edinburgh City Boundaries. You can find out about the interesting history and guests of the castle as well as wander the wall walk and summit the tower house at the castles core. You can access this by public transport if you don't mind a short walk or you can use a taxi/private hire and be drive straight to the castles entrance way where you can meet the castle cat and the ever friendly Historic Scotland Staff!
  • Another great Historic Scotland property. Love visiting Craigmillar. Lots of interesting history, and there's even a little games room to keep the kids entertained for a while. The courtyard with the twisted tree is particularly stunning. Staff are always pleasant and refill water bottles for you, useful if your following up with a walk around the large Craigmillar Park.
  • It's a great place. You can explore the ruins of this ancient castle. You can enter many rooms, go up or down secret stairs or watch a great panorama: the surrounding green woods and lowns, the hills and up to the sea and the nearest islands.

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