Duddingston Parish Church
Poised on a promontory overlooking Duddingston Loch, this church is one of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh, with some interesting...
The rocky peak of Arthur’s Seat (251m), carved by ice sheets from the deeply eroded stump of a long-extinct volcano, is a distinctive...
Royal Commonwealth Pool
Edinburgh's main facility – built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games, and serving again as a venue for the 2014 Glasgow games – is...
Sheep Heid Inn
Possibly the oldest inn in Edinburgh (with a licence dating back to 1360) the Sheep Heid feels more like a country pub than an Edinburgh...
Set in the splendid 17th-century Prestonfield hotel , Rhubarb is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. The over-the-top decor...
Craigmillar Castle Rd · interesting places nearby
Craigmillar Castle information
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.