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Location
South Queensferry near Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland

Description
Dundas Castle lies 8 miles out of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Dundas Castle is a magnificent event venue built around the original Auld Keep, constructed in 1416. The main house is of more recent origin, being built in 1818. Dundas Castle can cater for events of up to 180 guests. Adjacent to the castle on the east lawn is a large pavilion

Facilities
The castle can be rented out for private functions such as dinners, meetings, conferences, golf holidays, weddings, and receptions. It is hired out exclusively to one group at a time (it is a Five Star Exclusive Use venue). The Boathouse, a private cottage on the shores of a private loch, can also be rented.

History
In 1416, James Dundas was granted a license to build a keep from the Duke of Albany, who was Scotlandís effective ruler at the time. Dundas Castle was built in the same year for the purpose of being a home during times of peace and a fortress in war. An extension to the castle was permitted in 1436, which is why the building is not square. Oliver Cromwell stayed at Dundas Castle, and a statue of him is situated just outside the Keep. In 1818, the 17th Century building was torn down and replaced by Henry Dundas. However, the reconstruction ended up costing so much that the castle and its estate had to be sold in 1846, and changed hands again in 1899. It has stayed in the Stewart-Clark family since then. The real restoration of the castle began in 1995, as the Keep had not been lived in for over 300 years. It is currently owned by, and home to, Sir Jack and Lady Lydia Stewart-Clark.

The Arts
Dundas Castle has appeared in the background of the films The Little Vampire, Summer Solstice, and Book of Blood. It has also appeared in Arnold Clark advertisements.


Other Castles in the Area
  Aberdour Castle, Fife
  Airth Castle, Falkirk
  Balgonie Castle, Fife
  Blackness Castle, Falkirk
  Castle Campbell, Clackmannanshire
  Craigmillar Castle, Lothian
  Dalhousie Castle, Midlothian
  Dalkeith Palace, Midlothian
  Edinburgh Castle, City of Edinburgh
  Lauriston Castle, Lothian
  Liberton Tower, Lothian
  Lochleven Castle, Perth and Kinross
  Lochore Castle, Fife
  Merchiston Castle, Lothian
  Newbattle Abbey, Midlothian
  Ravenscraig Castle, Fife
  Rosyth Castle, Fife
  Tulliallan Castle, Fife
  Tullibole Castle, Perth and Kinross







Tullibole Castle
Dundas Castle. A conference centre and wedding venue.

Photograph by M J Richardson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


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