A day exploring the castles of Edinburgh and the Lothians
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Scotland is renowned for its many castles and palaces, rich in history from days gone by. Why not take a day to explore Edinburgh and the Lothians’ many fascinating castles and take away the stories of history for yourself?
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Starting off in the city centre, Edinburgh Castle is a must-see. Built into rugged rock overlooking Princes Street Gardens, this is undoubtedly Scotland's most famous castle and the city's most popular tourist attraction with the Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and fantastic views from the castle's ramparts.
Around 23 miles east of Edinburgh lies Dirleton Castle, a pretty and romantic castle with architectural history stretching back for 700 years. Best known for its fantastic gardens, first cultivated in the 16th century, be sure to check out the world's longest herbaceous border, as testified in the Guinness Book of Records.
Only a few miles away, you will find Tantallon Castle, a formidable stronghold set atop the cliffs on the Firth of Forth. Tantallon served as a noble fortification for more than three centuries and endured frequent sieges but still stands firm, dominating the headland.
Moving west into Midlothian, Crichton Castle is a large and surprisingly sophisticated castle, tucked away beyond the village of Pathhead. With a spectacular façade of faceted stonework in an Italian style, it's remarkable to see how much is still intact. Be sure to pass by the castle's stables and nearby Crichton Collegiate Church.
Travelling further west into West Lothian, Linlithgow Palace is a must-visit for any visitor. Once home to all the Stewart kings and birthplace to one of the great tragic figures of history, Mary Queen of Scots, this is one of the most magnificent and atmospheric ruins in Scotland.
Just 5 miles away sits the dark and foreboding Blackness Castle. Its enduring roles were those of a garrison fortress and a state prison and its lack of fancy rooms or ornate stonework make this castle even more fun to explore!
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Edinburgh and the Lothians sits on the eastern side of Scotland's central belt, in the heart of the country.