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Castles in Edinburgh

There are an array of historic castles to visit in Edinburgh, East Lothian , Fife and Scottish Border.

Edinburgh Castle  

Perched on an extinct volcano, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol and part of Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Its story is Scotland's story.  Find out more and plan your visit. Visit www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk for more information. See Edinburgh Castle on our 3D map.

Craigmillar Castle

The beautifully preserved Craigmillar castle retains the character of a medieval stronghold, originally built in the early 15th century.  Craigmillar Castle is steeped in Scottish history, with links to the story of Mary Queen of Scots who fled to the castle after the murder of her private secretary Rizzio. Visit Historic Scotland for more information.

Lauriston Castle

Lauriston Castle is a 16th-century tower house with 19th-century extensions that stands in 30 acres of beautiful grounds overlooking the Firth of Forth, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Tantallon Castle

One of the most impressive castles on the east coast of Scotland, Tantallon Castle was built in the 1350s on stunning steep cliffs looking out on to the Firth of Forth near North Berwick in East Lothian. Visit Historic Scotland for more information.


Crichton Castle

Crichton Castle is a large castle located within 15 miles south of Edinburgh's city centre, set in peaceful secluded wild moorland in Midlothian overlooking the River Tyne. The castle has a spectacular facade of diamond faceted stonework. Visit Historic Scotland for more information.

Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle was built in the 15th century by the Crichtons, one of Scotland's most powerful families, as a stronghold for war and later served as a state prison. The striking castle is situated on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth looking across to Fife. Visit Historic Scotland for more information.

Dirleton Castle

The charming Dirleton Castle was built in the 12th century and for 400 years provided residence for three successive noble families. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful gardens which now feature in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's longest herbaceous border. Visit Historic Scotland for more information.