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.
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!
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.
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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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