Edinburgh Castle isn't the capital's only hilltop castle. Ruined Craigmillar Castle sits on high ground a few miles south-east of Edinburgh city centre, less accessible than Edinburgh Castle but with much more chance of peace and quiet. It's an impressive, extensive site too: as well as the defensive castle core there's a dovecot, chapel and several other outbuildings. Parts of the ruin date back to the late 1300's - making this one of Scotland's older tower houses. Given its position so close to Edinburgh's centre and the fact it was abandoned by the mid-18th century, it's survived pretty well.
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Name: Craigmillar Castle ★★★☆☆
Location: Craigmillar Castle Road, 2 miles south-east of central Edinburgh, G.R.: NT 288709 ///burns.defend.fixed
Open (2018): Daily
Cost (2018): £6 (adults), £3.60 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members
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