The Best Castles to See In or Near Edinburgh



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Enjoy our guide to the most majestic and impressive castles, palaces and monuments in or near Edinburgh.

The first three are located in Edinburgh. We then encourage you to take day trips to the beautiful cities of Stirling and North Berwick to see the rest. The driving times are short, and It's a journey you won't regret.

For more information on each castle, visit our blog posts:

http://www.nileguide.com/destination/blog/edinburgh/2010/08/18/must-see-scottish-castles-part-1/

http://www.nileguide.com/destination/blog/edinburgh/2010/08/19/must-see-scottish-castles-part-2/

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Author: AlexChristina


Day 1 - Edinburgh


These three castles are all in Edinburgh. If you are staying close to the Old Town you can walk the Royal Mile to both Edinburgh Castle and Holyroodhouse. Then take a cab to Craigmillar Castle. DO NOT walk around in Craigmillar alone or at night. Read below to find out why.


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Edinburgh Castle

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Location:

Castlehill
Castlehill
EH1 2NG Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Contact:

tel: +44 (0)131 225 9846
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Day 2 - Edinburgh


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Holyroodhouse Palace

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Location:

Holyrood Road
Canongate, at the eastern end of the Royal Mile
EH8 8AE Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Contact:

tel: +44 20 7766 7300
fax: +44 20 7930 9625
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Day 3 - Edinburgh


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Craigmillar Castle

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Location:

Craigmillar Castle Road
EH16 4SY Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Contact:

tel: +44 1131 661 4445
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Day 4 - City of Edinburgh, Hillsfoot Rd


These castles/monuments are located in the city of Stirling, which is about 40 miles northwest from Edinburgh. You can take a train from Waverly Station, bus it or drive it.


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Stirling Castle

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Location:

Stirling Old Town
FK8 1EJ City of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Contact:

tel: +44 (0)1786 450 000
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Wallace Monument

Location:

Abbey Craig
FK9 5LU Hillsfoot Rd, United Kingdom

Contact:

tel: 01786 472 140
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Day 5 -


These castles are located near the city of North Berwick, which is about a 40-60 minute drive from Edinburgh. Rent a car so you can use your time most effectively. Just make sure you drive on the LEFT side of the road :-)


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Tantallon Castle

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EH39 , United Kingdom

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