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  • Looking over the fields to the ruin of Crichton Castle
    Crichton Castle
  • Edinburgh Castle and the Ross Fountain, Princes Street Gardens
    Edinburgh Castle and the Ross Fountain, Princes Street Gardens
  • Side view of Dirleton Castle
    Side view of Dirleton Castle
  • Looking out to the sea from Tantallon Castle
    Tantallon Castle
  • The ruins of Craigmillar Castle
    The ruins of Craigmillar Castle

Explore castles in Edinburgh & The Lothians and find out more about the fascinating history of the region.

Every castle has a different story to tell, whether it’s about the Stone of Destiny, the difficult life of Mary Queen of Scots or one of Scotland’s most powerful families, the Crichtons.

Edinburgh Castle is a must-see. Built into rugged rock overlooking Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh city centre, this is undoubtedly Scotland's most famous castle and the city's most popular tourist attraction with the Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and fantastic views from the castle's ramparts. Make sure to visit the nearby Lauriston Castle and Grounds, a charming home set in tranquil grounds.

Around 23 miles east of Edinburgh lies Dirleton Castle, a pretty and romantic castle with architectural history stretching back for 700 years. Best known for its fantastic gardens, first cultivated in the 16th century, be sure to check out the world's longest herbaceous border, as testified in the Guinness Book of Records.

Tantallon Castle is a formidable stronghold set atop the cliffs on the Firth of Forth. Tantallon served as a noble fortification for more than three centuries and endured frequent sieges but still stands firm, dominating the headland.

Seton Collegiate Church is a beautifully preserved ecclesiastical building in a woodland setting and Craigmillar Castle is one of Edinburgh’s most perfectly preserved castles. Built around 1400, Mary Queen of Scots came here as a retreat after the death of her private secretary.

Located in Midlothian, Crichton Castle is a large and surprisingly sophisticated castle, tucked away beyond the village of Pathhead. With a spectacular façade of faceted stonework in an Italian style, it's remarkable to see how much is still intact. Be sure to pass by the castle's stables and nearby Crichton Collegiate Church.

Head to the dark and foreboding Blackness Castle, built in the 15th century. Its enduring roles were those of a garrison fortress and a state prison and its lack of fancy rooms or ornate stonework make this castle even more fun to explore!

Use the information listings to plan a trip to the castles in Edinburgh & The Lothians.

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  1. Craigmillar Castle

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    Edinburgh

    The castle of Craigmillar is one of the most perfectly preserved castles in Scotland.

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    East Lothian

    A beautifully preserved ecclesiastical building in a wooded setting.

  3. Crichton Castle

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    Pathhead

    A large and sophisticated castle with a spectacular facade of faceted stonework in an Italian style added, following a visit to Italy, by the Earl of Bothwell between 1581 and 1591.

  4. Tantallon Castle

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    Whitekirk

    Set on the edge of the cliffs, looking out to the Bass Rock, this formidable castle was a stronghold of the Douglas family.

  5. Edinburgh Castle

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    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.

  6. Dirleton Castle

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    Dirleton

    A romantic castle often in the forefront of Scottish history since it was built in the 12th century.

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    Edinburgh

    Edwardian home in tranquil free grounds cradling the sea near historic Cramond. Regular historical costumed performances. Year round programme of special events.

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