Castles, Palaces & Historic Buildings in Edinburgh

Forget Disneyland, if you want to visit a fairytale land come to Edinburgh. Filled with castles, forts, historical monuments and ancient churches, the city will transport you to an era when knights (in kilts) roamed the streets and bejeweled princesses waved to peasants from gilded carriages.

Visit Edinburgh Castle, the city's iconic historic fortress with breathtaking views and opulent riches inside.

Situated at the opposite end of the Royal Mile from the castle, Holyroodhouse Palace is today the official residence of The Queen when visiting Scotland. Guests are welcome all year round to visit the gallery and take guided tours of the magnificent d├ęcor of Holyroodhouse Palace. The tapestries and ornate furniture still used to this day are highlights of the tour and offer the Edinburgh tourist a chance to wander around a modern day palace.

Stirling Castle, about a forty minute drive outside Edinburgh, rivals Edinburgh Castle's in beauty and magnificence. Nearby stands the National Wallace Monument, which commemorates Sir William Wallace, the 13th century Scottish hero.

Made famous by the Da Vinci Code, Rosslyn Chapel will dazzle you with its intricate symbolic carvings and mysterious Masonic history. It is located just outside the village of Roslin, to the south of Edinburgh.

Situated by the sea, mighty Tantallon Castle was built in the 1350s by a nobleman at the height of his power. It was truly the last great castle built in Scotland. Its architecture harked back to the mighty stone castles of enclosure of the 13th century, such as Bothwell Castle. These were characterized by enormously thick and high stone walls enclosing large closes, or courtyards. Lofty stone towers projected from the great curtain, wherein the noble life was lived. Visitors can enjoy wild flowers in season and touch the replica cannon. Refreshments are available in the visitor center. The castle is haunted as well - a ghost was snapped in a tourist's picture here in May 2008!

Edinburgh Castle

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Historic fortress with breathtaking views and opulent riches inside... read more

Holyroodhouse Palace

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Holyrood Road
Canongate, at the eastern end of the Royal Mile

Royal intrigue and beauty... read more

Craigmillar Castle

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Craigmillar Castle Road

Imposing ruins and royal intrigues... read more

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Stirling Castle

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Stirling Old Town

One of Scotland's finest Stewart Castles... read more

Wallace Monument

Abbey Craig

For over 140 years, this world-famous landmark has fascinated visitors with its exhibits and displays, telling the story of Sir William Wallace... read more

Tantallon Castle

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The last great castle built in Scotland... read more

Rosslyn Chapel

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Rosslyn Chapel Trust

Ancient mystical church... read more

St. Giles' Cathedral

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High Street
High St

The mother church of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland... read more

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Scott Monument

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Princes Street
East Princes St. Gardens, near Waverley Station

Gothic spire dedicated to The Wizard of the North...
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John Knox House Museum

43-45 High St

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