Edinburgh and the Lothians

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  • 1. Edinburgh Castle

    Old Town | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The crowning glory of the Scottish capital, Edinburgh Castle is popular not only for its pivotal role in Scottish history, but also because...Read More

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  • 2. Palace of Holyroodhouse

    Old Town | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Onetime haunt of Mary, Queen of Scots, with a long history of gruesome murder, destructive fire, and power-hungry personalities, the Palace...Read More

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  • 3. Blackness Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Standing like a grounded ship on the very edge of the Forth, this curious 15th-century structure has had a varied career as a strategic fortress...Read More

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  • 4. Castle Campbell

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    With green woods below, bracken hills above, and a view that on a clear day stretches right across the Forth Valley to the tip of Tinto Hill...Read More

  • 5. Craigmillar Castle

    South Side | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This handsome medieval ruin, only 3 miles south of the city center, is the archetypal Scottish fortress: forbidding, powerful, and laden with...Read More

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  • 6. Crichton Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Standing amid rolling hills that are interrupted here and there by patches of woodland, Crichton was a Bothwell family castle. Mary, Queen of...Read More

  • 7. Dirleton Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    In the center of tiny Dirleton, 2 miles east of Gullane, sits the impressive-looking 12th-century Dirleton Castle. It's now a ruin, but its...Read More

  • 8. Linlithgow Palace

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    On the edge of Linlithgow Loch stands the splendid ruin of Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots. Burned, perhaps accidentally...Read More

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  • 9. Newhailes

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This fine late-17th-century house was designed by Scottish architect James Smith in 1686 as his own home. He later sold it to Lord Bellendon...Read More

  • 10. Tantallon Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Travel east along the flat fields from North Berwick, and the imposing silhouette of Tantallon Castle, a substantial, semiruined medieval fortress...Read More

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