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Royal Apartments, Stirling Castle

This morning, we departed our Edinburgh lodgings and drove south for about 20 mins to visit Edinburgh’s ‘other’ castle, Craigmillar.  This was originally owned by the Preston family then Gilmours and finally Government ownership after it fell into ruin. The fabric is now in good order and affords visitors an excellent insight into the medieval castle.

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This evening, I am focusing on Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh. This is an extremely popular visitor destination with numbers reaching a peak during August when two major events take place namely, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

Tonight, I am focusing on Craigmillar Castle which lies about five miles south of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland.

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)  in the late 18th century. Craigmillar’s most famous guest was Mary, Queen of Scots who visited in 1563 and again in 1566.

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