Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle information

Edinburgh , Scotland
Craigmillar Castle Rd
Getting there
Bus: 21, 24, 33, 38, 42, 49
adult/child £5.50/3.30
Opening hours
9.30am-5.30pm Apr-Sep, 10am-4pm Sat-Wed Oct-Mar
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If you want to explore a Scottish fortress away from the crowds that throng Edinburgh Castle, try Craigmillar. Dating from the 15th century, the tower house rises above two sets of machicolated curtain walls. Mary, Queen of Scots took refuge here after the murder of Rizzio; it was here too that plans to murder her husband Darnley were laid. Look for the prison cell complete with built-in sanitation, something some 'modern' British prisons only finally managed in 1996!

The castle is 2.5 miles southeast of the city centre. From the bus stop on Old Dalkeith Rd walk 500m up Craigmillar Castle Rd.