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Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland

Craigmillar Castle is about three miles south east of the centre of Edinburgh. It is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland. Craigmillar was originally a tower house that still forms the core of the castle, with an inner and outer courtyard. The walls of most of the buildings survive, together with all the vaulted floors. It is possible to climb up to roof level in the tower house and first floor level in large parts of the rest of the building. There is also a complete wall walk around two sides of the curtain wall. Many of the outlying structures survive in the gardens and outer yard. From the roof of the tower house you get views to Edinburgh Castle and Arthur's Seat to the north.

The tower was built around 1400 by the Prestons. Sir William Preston added a curtain wall round the castle in the 1440s creating an inner courtyard. In about 1510 Sir Simon Preston added an outer yard and gardens to the east and west. Craigmillar Castle was captured by the English in May 1544.Mary Queen of Scots stayed at Craigmillar Castle in September 1563 and again in December 1566. In 1660 the Prestons sold Craigmillar Castle to Sir John Gilmour. In the early 1700s the Gilmours abandoned it and moved instead to Inch House. Craigmillar Castle fell into ruin and was passed into state care in 1946. Today it is cared for by Historic Scotland.

Other Castles in the Area
  Aberdour Castle, Fife
  Barony Castle, Scottish Borders
  Blackness Castle, Falkirk
  Borthwick Castle, Lothian
  Crichton Castle, Midlothian
  Dalhousie Castle, Midlothian
  Dalkeith Palace, Midlothian
  Dirleton Castle, Lothian
  Dundas Castle, Lothian
  Edinburgh Castle, City of Edinburgh
  Fa'side Castle, East Lothian
  Lauriston Castle, Lothian
  Liberton Tower, Lothian
  Lochore Castle, Fife
  Merchiston Castle, Lothian
  Newbattle Abbey, Midlothian
  Ravenscraig Castle, Fife
  Rosyth Castle, Fife
  Thirlestane Castle, Scottish Borders

Thirlestane Castle
Craigmillar Castle

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Thirlestane Castle
Craigmillar Castle. The old Preston seat, stunningly preserved medieval castle

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