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!!
- 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!
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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