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Carberry Tower Mansion House and Estate

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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


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).

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  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Games room
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Room service (limited hours)

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Pets: Pets not 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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Know Before You Go

  • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Rollaway bed fee: GBP 40.0 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Cash not accepted. Debit cards not accepted

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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