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“A Fantastic View from the Rooftop”
Review of Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle
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US$44.31*
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Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
Ranked #31 of 433 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The castle of Craigmillar is one of the most perfectly preserved castles in Scotland. Even today, the castle retains the character of a medieval stronghold. Building began in the early 15th century, and over the next 250 years the castle became a comfortable residence surrounded by fine gardens and pastureland. The castles history is not only closely involved with the city of Edinburgh, but plays an important part in the story of Mary Queen of Scots who fled to Craigmillar Castle following the murder of Rizzio. It was in the castle where the plot was hatched to murder Marys husband, Lord Darnley. Built round an L-plan tower house of the early 15th Century, Craigmillar was much expanded in the 15th and 16th Centuries. It is a handsome ruin, including a range of private rooms linked to the hall of the old tower. Open all year. Winter closed Thurs and Fri.
Reviewed 9 July 2014

The Castle is very difficult to reach without a car due to bus routes. There are however around ten parking bays rigt at the door of the Visitor Centre. The lady in there when we arrived was very helpful.

A video would be nice on arrival, but I appreciate that with properties run by Historic Scotland there are certain constraints which simply cannot be worked round.

However, once you've made the very short walk to the castle there are no signs whatsoever to guide you round in the best way. Safety wise the ropes which hug one of the stone stair cases could surely be utilised on other castle stairs.

The toilets are at the side of the castle. In a hurry? You'll need to guess your direction and move quickly!

The view from the rooftop alone is in my view one of the best in the world. None more so than in May when there is doubtless lots of bloom to see, and also the autumn with the colours on show.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Well worth the visit and the walk around the castle. Interesting and with excellent views of the city and the surrounding countryside.

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Kids liked this castle the best. Very fun castle to climb around the ruins and explore in. Spent over an hour here.

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Craigmillar is Edinburgh's "other Castle" . Just a short drive across town, it looms up suddenly as you walk past a few houses and the kiosk.
Its is well preserved and has plenty of stairs to climb if you are so inclined. The view across the Firth is excellent from the top of the battlements. It was a last minute decision to visit the place as we were actually heading out to Tantallon, but it was well worth the stop.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

This castle is a few miles outside Edinburgh and worth a visit. A one time residence of Mary Queen of Scots, it is now a beautiful, but well preserved and maintained, ruin. Very picturesque and there are incredible views from the top.

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