Why We Love This Hotel
- Fairytale baronial castle, 20 minutes' drive from Edinburgh
- Where Mary Queen of Scots surrendered during the 16th-century
- Enjoy traditional Scottish fare & the bar's extensive whisky collection
- Stay in the room used by Queen Elizabeth II during her visit in the 1960s
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).