Sunday, June 29, 2014

Craigmillar Castle

Historic Scotland

Craigmillar is a beautiful 15th century castle right on the out-skirts of Edinburgh. Built by the Preston family, the towerhouse is the oldest and most imposing part of the building. This well preserved castle houses a maze of rooms, remnants of the centuries of additions by subsequent owners.
The castle just radiates history- In the late 15th century, the brother of King James III was charged with witchcraft and imprisoned here; Mary Queen of Scots made many visits to this castle, probably to enjoy the wonderful gardens and land surrounding the house; and in 1566 the 'Craigmillar Bond' was signed here, an agreement to kill the husband of Mary, Lord Darnley (people weren't a fan of him if you noticed.) By the mid-18th century, the castle had sadly been abandoned and was later taken under the care of Historic Scotland.

It was such a beautiful day today, we had to get out and enjoy the sun and show Delaney around before she leaves us again. It was great exploring all the numerous rooms. A wine cellar, prison pit, dinning hall and giant storage room, to hold the tenant's yearly rents, are some of the numerous rooms that still survive. I was quite impressed with the loo on top of the castle- it was a pooper with the best view of town! We all highly recommend a visit to the castle. I think many people miss this castle when they come to visit Edinburgh. Not in the center of town, it requires a car or bus ride to get to, but it's nevertheless a great example of a Scottish medieval castle and a great day out.

Violet is thrilled by the wine cellar

Pooper with a view

Medieval chapel

Dinning Hall

What goofballs!

They're giants!

A little medieval word play- Press (wine press) + Tun (wine barrel) = Preston

Dog friendly?- Yes, well-behaved dogs on leads are allowed in the castle and grounds. They even have a stash of dog treats at the ticket desk! Violet gives the castle five stars!