Craigmillar Castle


So I have joined Historic Scotland whilst I am up here in Edinburgh.  I am a history junkie and one thing I love to visit is Castle’s.  So since I am going around visiting all of these castles, I thought it would be good to put down some notes about each and every one of them.  The first one I went to was Craigmillar, which is Edinburgh’s other castle.  If you want to get away from the hectic crowds of Edinburgh Castle, this is the one to come to.  It is a really cool ruin.

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Craigmillar Castle is a well preserved medieval castle that was a prison for the younger brother of James III, a happy retreat for Mary Queen of Scots and the focus of a plot to murder her husband Darnley.  It was such an interesting castle to explore because it has so many nooks and crannies.  You also have a great view of Edinburgh Castle from afar.  As you walk around you can really get a sense of what it  might have been like living there so close to Edinburgh but far enough away to be in a comfortable rural setting.

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The Preston family of Craigmillar, the local feudal barons, began building the castle in the late 14th century however additional building and renovations continued in the 15th and 16th centuries.  As castles go, this one is beautiful and fascinating.  You can easily spend a couple of hours ensuring you see every little room and hideaway.  Next time you are in Edinburgh, skip the main castle and come to this one instead.Craigmillar 4