AboutBritain.com Logo

Things to do in Craigmillar, Lothian


There are two main attractions for visitors near Craigmillar (a residential area): Duddingston Village by Duddingston Loch (a nature reserve ideal for birdwatching) in Holyrood Park and the big attraction, Craigmillar Castle on Craigmillar Castle Road.

Duddingston: Duddingston Kirk, mostly 17th century, is built on a 12th century foundation. An Inn the 'Sheep Heid', is a picturesque inn, built in 1670. Bonnie Prince Charlie visited the pub and Mary Queen of Scots played bowls here when she lived in Cragmillar castle.

Craigmillar Castle: Little France (named after Mary Queen of Scots French entourage is now home to the Royal Infirmary, on Old Dalkeith Road.

Travelling up the hill on Craigmillar Castle Road leads one to the castle car-park. Good views of Edinburgh can be seen from the top of the Castle's roof.

Although the castle is a ruin it's still well worth visiting and has connections with Mary Queen of Scots and the murder of Lord Darnley.

The nucleus of the castle is the L-shaped tower. The Great Hall occupies the first floor, it is 30 feet by 21 feet. A Baronial residence, it has one of the first batteries in Scotland with opening for cannon.

Description by Ian Dick

Share this page



Images of Craigmillar


Craigmillar Castle,  Home to Mary Queen of Scots © Ian Dick
The Hall where meals were served at Craigmillar Castle © Ian Dick
Edinburgh from Craigmillar Castle  © Ian Dick
Craigmillar Castle Walls © Ian Dick
Craigmillar Castle  © Ian Dick



* Distances shown are in a direct line. Distances by road will be longer.









Things To Do in Craigmillar



Places to Visit near Craigmillar



Also near Craigmillar


Bed and Breakfast:
 
 2 Miles
 
 3 Miles
 
 3 Miles
 
Self Catering:
 
 3 Miles
 
 4 Miles
 
 4 Miles
 
Campsites:
 
 12 Miles
 
 19 Miles
 
 24 Miles
 


Copyright © 1999-2017 Excelsior Information Systems Ltd. All rights reserved.
About Us  Press Room  Terms of Use  Privacy  Link to Us  Index  Site Map  Contact Us

Made with Responsive Grid System by Graham Miller