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Dalhousie Castle – An Incredible Luxury Castle Hotel near Edinburgh

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!

If you’re looking for a magical castle stay near to Edinburgh, read on for my guide to the beautiful Dalhousie Castle hotel.

Exterior of Dalhousie Castle Hotel
Outside Dalhousie Castle Hotel

Essential things to know about staying here

How much does a stay at Dalhousie Castle cost?

Rooms start at just under £100 midweek (including breakfast). We stayed at Dalhousie Castle Hotel on a Saturday night and it was £175. You can check the most up-to-date rates for Dalhousie Castle here.

Which rooms should you opt for?

There are a number of truly magnificent castle rooms at Dalhousie Castle available to book. These cost significantly more, but imagine four poster beds and suits of armour.

How to get to Dalhousie Castle?

Whilst Dalhousie castle is an excellent luxury castle hotel near to Edinburgh, you must factor in the travel to the hotel into your stay. It realistically took us around a 30 minute drive from Edinburgh City Centre to Dalhousie Castle, which was about £25 in an Uber.

A train/taxi combination from Edinburgh city centre also takes around 30-40 minutes but is less at £6 for the taxi and £4 a train ticket.

What else can you do nearby?

Dalhousie castle has a falconry which was awesome. Guests are welcome to pay for a guided tour and falconry experience, and if we had more time, we would definitely have paid for this experience.

What are the dining options?

There’s nothing nearby as Dalhousie Castle is located out in the countryside. 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. You can find out more about dining at Dalhousie castle here.

The Library is a bar located within the hotel and it made for an incredibly 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!

Other key useful information

  • Dalhousie Castle hotel was really clean and well-kept. However, it is worth noting that there are no lifts (it is a castle after all). So Dalhousie Castle is 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 my 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 at Dalhousie Castle hotel for longer and would 100% book the falconry experience!

Library Bar at Dalhousie Hotel Edinburgh
The beautiful Library Bar at Dalhousie Hotel Edinburgh
Falconry at Dalhousie Castle near Edinburgh
Falconry at Dalhousie Castle
Entrance hall at Dalhousie Castle near Edinburgh
Entrance hall at Dalhousie Castle
The exterior of Dalhousie Castle near Edinburgh
The exterior of Dalhousie Castle
The location of Dalhousie Castle to Edinburgh
The location of Dalhousie Castle to Edinburgh

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

If you’re looking for a detailed guide to spending two days in Edinburgh, then check my feature here.

Check the most up-to-date rates for Dalhousie Castle here.

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Disclaimer: This stay was entirely paid for by myself and there was no involvement from the hotel. This is an independent review.

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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. Preet
    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.

  13. Lisa Trumpold
    February 2, 2019 / 5:52 pm

    We are staying in the castle This August 2019 and cannot wait but a little concerned about transportation to and from Edinburgh to the castle, is the taxi and uber service good and what times do they run to?
    We don’t want to get stuck in the city center of Edinburgh with no transportation back to the castle, Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you

    • February 19, 2019 / 8:54 am

      Hi Lisa! Wow, lucky you – you’ll have an amazing time 🙂

      Taxis and Ubers run until very late so don’t think you’ll any problem getting back to the castle! Hope that is helpful 🙂 x

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