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Edinburgh & East Lothian Castles & Houses

Edinburgh has many castles that tell you about the legacy of the region. From the iconic Edinburgh castle to the stone of Destiny and more, a trip to explore these historic edifices  is a must do in any Edinburgh itinerary


Blackness Castle

15th century castle in spectacular position on the Forth. Has featured in movies and is the very epitome of the mediaeval castle! Free to visit exterior and small fee for internals.

Hopetoun House

Two miles west of South Queensferry is Hopetoun House, which thoroughly deserves its reputation as 'Scotland's finest stately home'.

Midhope Castle

16th century unoccupied house near Hopetoun House with farmyard behind. Can be walked around  and is worth a visit.

Seacliff House

1750s house with varied history largely destroyed by fire at beginning of 1905 behind Seacliff Beach. Fun to visit.

Tantallon Castle

Tantallon Castle sits three miles east of North Berwick, off the A198. The mid-14th-century ruins perch dramatically on the edge of the cliffs, looking out to the Bass Rock.

Holyroodhouse Palace

Official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, Holyrood Palace stands at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Holyrood Palace is the setting for state ceremonies and official entertaining.

Luffness House

Altered 16th C tower house with earlier buildings incorporated. Now owned by Earls of Hopetoun. Privately owned

Oxenfoord Castle

Tower House splendidly remodelled by Robert Adam in 1782. Wedding venue with self-catering apartments. Can be walked around outside

Seacliff Tower

Ruined probably C16 tower house in exposed position on cliff. Walkable from east end of Seacliff beach.

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