Castle Walls

This afternoon I visited Craigmillar Castle, near Edinburgh on a wet, windy and dull afternoon. On the plus side I had the castle to myself for most of the time.


Like many other British castles, Craigmillar evolved over many hundreds of years. It was incepted as a free standing Tower House, probably in the 14th century. For the first 250 years of its existence, Craigmillar was the property of the Preston family. In 1660 it was acquired by Sir John Gilmour and was eventually abandoned (by the Gilmours) ┬áin the late 18th century. Craigmillar’s most famous guest was Mary, Queen of Scots who visited in 1563 and again in 1566.


The key aspects of the castle today comprise the Laird’s Hall, Battlements, Tower House, and defensive Curtain Walls.

Fireplace in Drawing Room

Drawing Room, West Range

Gilmour Family Armorial Panel

Window Seat, Great Hall

Craigmillar is a sizable and well preserved castle situated on a relatively quite spot south of Edinburgh.Although overshadowed by its more popular neighbour ( Edinburgh Castle), Craigmillar should not be overlooked when visiting the area.

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