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Craigmillar Castle

A well preserved medieval castle, Craigmillar has a tower house, courtyard and gardens.

Craigmillar Castle

One of Scotland’s best preserved castles, Craigmillar Castle was a handsome and comfortable noble seat. It was close to the political cauldron of Edinburgh, but separate from it. This helps explain why it became a favoured royal retreat, famously used as a safe haven by Mary Queen of Scots.


  • The tower house – one of the oldest in Scotland, and with fascinating features including a fine great hall and the so-called ‘Queen Mary’s Room’.
  • The views from the tower – over the city of Edinburgh, including Holyrood Park and Edinburgh Castle.
  • The nooks and crannies – a great castle to explore because of its many dark and mysterious chambers.
  • The grounds – including the remains of an unusual fishpond laid out in the shape of a letter P, for Preston. (Note that not all the grounds are accessible to the public.)

Green Tourism Award - Gold


Region – Edinburgh and the Lothians
Postcode: EH16 4SY

Opening arrangements

1 April - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

1 October - 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

Admission prices

All year
Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40

Events at Craigmillar Castle

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2 April 2015

Allan Ramsay - Master Draughtsman

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Weaving the Unicorn exhibition

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Mar's Loyal Highlander

Edinburgh Castle

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Ring of Brodgar Walk

Ring Of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge

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