Castles in Edinburgh & The Lothians
Most visitors to Scotland will spend at least a little time – if not most of their time - in the magnificent city of Edinburgh. The stunning Edinburgh Castle is generally the first attraction that people flock to see – a castle which has influenced the history of the city and the country and which continues to play a prominent role in Scottish life. This brilliant castle in Edinburgh has a lot on offer and will keep you entertained for hours, but it is not the only attraction in Edinburgh worth seeing. Apart from the great shops, pretty gardens and wonderfully interesting historical attractions which dot the town, you will also find the ruins of Craigmillar Castle nearby. So start making your travel plans now and make the most of your trip to Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Located on a rocky promontory at the mouth of the Firth of Forth on its south shore, Blackness Castle is a few miles west of Edinburgh, Scotland. Nicknamed the ‘Ship which never sailed’, it was built at a natural harbor, which served Linlithgow Palace, around 1440 by Sir George Crichton. The Crichtons were one of the most powerful families of Scotland. It was handed over to King James II in 1453.
Just three miles south-east of Edinburgh is one of the best preserved medieval castles of Scotland, Craigmillar Castle. This imposing L plan towerhouse was originally built in the 14th Century and fortifications were added subsequently. Its location is such that from the roof of the towerhouse one has a view of the entire city and its surroundings in all directions.
It may sound unbelievable, but fifteen miles from the center of Edinburgh is an empty stretch along the River Tyne valley where nothing has been built by man in the past 500 years. All that has been built here is Crichton Castle, a looming structure and its collegiate church amidst the trees nearby. The church, built in1449 is remarkably well preserved with only its nave missing. The castle is visible from here, about 500 meters to the west.
Since 1972 Dalhousie Castle is a luxury hotel that stands on acres of forest, parkland and river pasture. The Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Spa combines colorful history with ultimate luxury. Fifteen of the twenty nine bedrooms in the Castle have historical themes, including the Robert the Bruce and the De Ramseia suite.
Edinburgh Castle is the grandest castle in Scotland and the history and growth of the country and the castle have been closely intertwined over the centuries. The structure, built on a huge volcanic Craig known as Castle Rock, dominates the city. It is visible from everywhere and offers the most spectacular view from every elevation. On a clear day you can see the mountains of the Kingdom of Fife in the distance and immediately below you are the world famous Princes Street Gardens.