Tourists flock to Edinburgh for its famous city centre castle; but did you know that the capital has another historical castle that you can make the journey to without the use of a car?
The construction of the medieval Craigmillar Castle started in the 1400s and the ruined structure is most famous for its association with Mary, Queen of Scots. It’s told that, after the birth of her son, she fled here after the murder of her personal secretary, David Rizzio. Despite its ‘ruined’ status, the castle is in remarkable condition and (once inside) you’re free to explore its winding stone stairways, grand entertaining rooms and hidden staff quarters. The large stone building recently found a new lease of fame after appearing in the popular historical drama television series Outlander.
Although its much easier to get here by car, Craigmillar Castle can also be reached from the city centre by bus. At only 3 miles out from Edinburgh’s main Princes Street, there are many buses that pass by the old structure. Both the number 33 and 49 buses run past Edinburgh Royal Infirmary stop, and this is your destination/get off point. From here it’s a short 10-15-minute walk.