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Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh

Castle · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
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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  • Wow!!! This place was so much more than what I expected it to be and so much fun for all the family.. My nice and nephew who are 8 and 3 loved exploring and there are lots of areas to explore, from...  more »
  • The surrounding field is a public area so you can roam freely around the castle. Easily accessible from the road with a small car park for visitors. Quiet area for walks.  more »
  • Craigmillar Castle is a hidden gem in the heart of Edinburgh. What a big castle this is. Amazing space that's kept really well . Plenty of rooms to explore and lovely views of Edinburgh from the roof....  more »
  • 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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