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Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh
(4.6/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • Unlike the famous one, this feels like a real castle, built for protection (rather than as a military base) There is a real sense of what living there might have been like. 
  • Located in a nice area, not that far from city centre, easily found by public transport. A short walk takes you to the top of the hill where the castle is situated. There is an amazing view from there...  more »
  • A great castle ruin. lots of stairs, and history. views were terrific especially looking back on Edinburgh and Authur's seat. I would recommend this to anyone, just remember that you have about a 14 m...  more »
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  • Beautiful Park with Forest and Fields.. Castle? The castle is okay, but the real gem here is the park! It is a large park with forest, trails, meadows, and fields. I saw four deer here one evening.
  • Great atmosphere and excellent views across Edinburgh. Easy to get to via Innocent Railway path
  • Great views over Arthur's Seat and Edinburgh. Quiet with few tourists.
  • We really enjoyed exploring this castle ruins on a beautiful summer day.
  • Loved the look and feel of Craigmiller castle! You definitely feel like you're in a castle and not just a museum. Worth the trip to see this!