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A luxury castle hotel near Edinburgh, Scotland – The Dalhousie Castle

Staying in a luxury castle hotel near Edinburgh, Scotland was always a bit of a dream of mine. So whilst browsing for suitable accommodation in Edinburgh, we stumbled across Dalhousie Castle and it was an instant “YES, this one!” moment. A 13th century castle near Edinburgh that we can stay in? Yes please!!

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Dalhouse Castle Exterior

The lowdown:

  • Rooms start at just under £100 midweek (including breakfast). We stayed at Dalhousie Castle Hotel on a Saturday night and it was £175.
  • There are a number of truly magnificent castle rooms and suites available to book. These cost significantly more, but imagine four poster beds and suits of armour.
  • Whilst it is an excellent luxury castle near to Edinburgh, you must factor in the travel into your stay. It realistically took us around a 30 minute drive from Edinburgh City Centre, which was about £25 in an Uber.
  • A train/taxi also takes around 30-40 minutes but is less at £6 for the taxi and £4 a train ticket.
  • The castle has a falconry which was awesome, and if we had more time, we would definitely have paid for this experience.
  • There’s nothing nearby, so expect to eat dinner at the castle in either The Orangery or the Dungeon. The latter is more formal but an incredible location to dine in.
  • The Library is a bar and a very relaxing place to spend the evening. It must be one of the most atmospheric rooms I have ever spent time in. I fully lived out my Scottish castle dreams there – snuggled under a tartan blanket next to a roaring fire and wood panelled walls. I loved every single second of it!

In a nutshell..

  • The hotel was really clean but there are no lifts (it is a castle after all). So not overly accessible for those less able.
  • Breakfast is included in the morning in The Orangery where you can try an array of delicious Scottish dishes. (I had Scottish smoked salmon, of course).
  • It is ‘Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited Castle’ and it really is like walking through a slice of history. That being said, some of the facilities in the rooms are a little out-dated but it had no negative effect on our stay.
  • The distance from Edinburgh did not impact our visit at all. You can read about our visit to Edinburgh in my 2 Days in Edinburgh Guide.

Overall, it was an awesome experience to stay in a castle near Edinburgh. However, next time, I am definitely staying for longer and would 100% book the falconry experience!

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Reading in the library

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The beautiful library at Dalhousie Castle Edinburgh

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Wandering the castle grounds

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Enjoying the falconry

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Dalhousie Castle’s dungeon restaurant

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The castle’s location in relation to Edinburgh

If you’re looking for a luxury castle hotel near Edinburgh, I couldn’t recommend this lovely hotel more. Let me know in the comments if you’re thinking of heading here, or if you’ve already stayed!

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  1. Nikaia
    January 25, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    I love how you can stay in a real actual castle in Europe! It’s amazing! The photo above, was that the room you rented? And is the cheapest really £100? Is it like a good deal already? Sorry for asking too much hehe. Loving your blog, Claire!
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  2. March 19, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    That is amazing. I had been to Edinburgh a decade back but didn’t know you could actually live in a castle. Such a good deal on it too. Must remember that for the next time. Loved the pictures.

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  3. Michelle Leslie
    March 20, 2018 / 5:48 am

    OMW, I would love to stay there Claire. It must be so amazing and that dungeon restaurant looks just wow. Just how I’d imagined a dungeon to be

  4. Evelyn, PathofPresence
    March 20, 2018 / 12:00 pm

    How fascinating this is to me! Being from the states, I’ve not considered staying in a castle as a travel option. Love the pictures and the stone walls. When in Scotland, I will definitely keep this in mind. I would love to experience the awe! 💕 Xo Evelyn, PathofPresence 🦋

  5. March 20, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    This is so beautiful and majestic place, love the location. It would be so amazing to stay in a castle, the interiors look so gorgeous. Edinburgh is on my bucket list, would definitely check this place out when I am there.

  6. March 20, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    I’ve still never been to Scotland, I really need to go one day! The Dalhousie castle looks amazing, so historic and regal – so fitting for Scotland! Also love that they have falconry that you can watch!

  7. March 21, 2018 / 4:25 am

    What a cool experience! I wasn’t sure something like this would be so affordable. The falconry sounds like it would be really cool.

  8. March 21, 2018 / 11:09 am

    What a fabulous experience! I once stayed in a castle in France, but it wasn’t such an old one. I think it was 17th century, can’t remember it was 10 years ago! I would have loved to see pictures of the bedroom ou stayed in.

    Nati |

  9. Angela Ricardo Bethea
    March 22, 2018 / 9:33 am

    That is such a great experience. This luxury castle hotel is really amazing. I love the look of the room and the balcony it looks like a castle.

  10. March 22, 2018 / 6:03 pm

    OMG. I’ve never stayed in the castle-hotel! This is crazy cool. And it doesn’t seem as expensive as I thought it would be… Bookmarking this so that I can share with my boyfriend!

  11. March 22, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    Though I’ve seen Edinburgh Castle from the outside quite a few times, I’ve never been inside 🙁 it looks like you had a great trip, I’ll have to head back up to Scotland soon x

  12. March 23, 2018 / 2:12 pm

    My cousin got married at this genuine 13th century Dalhousie Castle with a rabbit warren of rooms and a real maze to get around. The setting is fantastic and majestic; we’re already looking forward to going back this summer.

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