Why We Love It
- Fairytale castle, a 20-minute drive from Edinburgh
- Where Mary Queen of Scots surrendered during the 16th century
- Enjoy traditional Scottish fare & the bar's extensive whiskey collection
- Stay in the room used by Queen Elizabeth II during her visit in the 1960s
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Rooms & Rates
OverviewSet at the end of a tree-lined drive, Carberry Tower is fairytale-like 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 20 minutes by car from the heart of Edinburgh and a 10-minute 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 scones, homemade baked beans and haggis, also available (charge applies).
Set on 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 whiskey tasting is offered back at the main house. It doesn't have a restaurant as such, but every evening a set four-course banquet is served in the Tower Dining Room. At the bar, you'll find an extensive whiskey selection, including a good range of 10- and 12-year-old whiskeys as well as the rarer 40-year-old Glenfarclas.
Nearby, Dalkeith Park (open daily April-October), Inveresk Lodge Garden (open daily), Musselburgh Racecourse 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).
- Infant cots / cribs
- Extra beds / roll away beds
- Games room
- No pets allowed
- 24-hour front desk
- 24-hour security
- Express check-in / checkout
- Room service (limited hours)
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea-making facilities
- Iron and ironing board
- Flatscreen TV
- iPod/iPhone docking station
- Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
- Separate shower
- Complimentary parking
- Accessible bathroom in some rooms
- Accessible meeting room
- Accessible parking
- Accessible restaurant
- Roll-in shower
- Wheelchair accessible
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.
Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.
Checkout: 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.
Pets: No pets allowed.
Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
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