Set at the end of a tree-lined drive, Carberry Tower is fairytale baronial castle with a fascinating history and royal connections -- it was here that Mary Queen of Scots surrendered in the 16th century and where the current Queen of England stayed in the 1960s. The hotel is located 20 minutes by car from the heart of Edinburgh and 10 minutes' drive from the coastal town of Musselburgh. Here you’ll find the nearest station, where you can catch a 10-minute train into Edinburgh’s Waverley Station.
Rooms are all found within the main building and are decorated traditionally, with thick carpets and plenty of tartan. All have high ceilings and some have fireplaces, four-poster beds and opulent chandeliers. Bathrooms are very swanky, most with walk-in showers (some with baths too). Guests awake to a continental buffet, with a hot Scottish breakfast, including tattie scones, homemade baked beans and haggis, also available (charge applies).
Set in 35 acres, the hotel offers plenty in the way of outdoors activities. Choose between traditional clay pigeon shooting, archery and falconry as well as more modern Segway tours. There are also well-tended gardens to explore and whisky tasting is offered back at the main house. It doesn't have a restaurant as such, but every evening a set 4-course banquet is served in the Tower Dining Room. At the bar, you'll find an extensive whisky selection, including a good range of 10- and 12-year-old whiskies as well as the rarer 40-year-old Glenfarclas.
Nearby, Dalkeith Park (open daily April-October), Inveresk Lodge Farden (open daily), Musselburgh Race Course and Musselburgh Links (one of the oldest golf courses in the world) are 5-10 minutes away by car. Further afield, the mysterious caves at Gilmerton Cove are a 15-minute drive away. On your return to the castle, settle down in the lounge for Scottish-themed afternoon tea, including haggis sausage sandwiches and Highland shortbread (daily, from midday).
by Katie Jones
Infant cots / cribs
Extra beds / roll away beds
No pets allowed
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / checkout
Room service (limited hours)
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Iron and ironing board
iPod/iPhone docking station
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
Accessible bathroom in some rooms
Accessible meeting room
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.
Standard checkout time: 11am.
Children and additional guests
Children aged 5 and under stay free of charge when sharing parent's room (extra bed charges apply).
Children aged 6 to 12 are charged at £7.50 per night and receive continental breakfast (extra bed charges apply).
Children aged 13 and over are charged at adult rates (extra bed charges apply).
Cot/crib and extra bed available on request and in the Executive and Superior Suites only: £10 per night for children up to 2 years old, £20 per night for children aged 3 to 16. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.
There is no extra bed available for adults.
No pets allowed.
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hotel is 25 minutes by car or taxi from Edinburgh Airport and free parking is
available at the hotel. The nearest station is Musselburgh, 10 minutes' drive
away, and it provides access to Edinburgh city centre in 10 minutes.
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