Doggy Date to Craigmillar Castle

We were able to check out Craigmillar Castle with our Historic Scotland pass. If you’re visiting Edinburgh for more than a few days, it’s an easy 3 mile trip from the city centre. Personally, I prefer Craigmillar Castle more than Edinburgh Castle, just because tickets are cheaper (ยฃ5.50 for 1 adult) and I enjoy exploring medieval ruins more than visiting museums.

Historically,ย Scottish nobility took breaks from living in Edinburgh Castle or Holyrood in Craigmillar Castle. Most famously, Mary Queen of Scots was a frequent visitor and even fled there after the murder of her secretary. It’s well preserved, but mostly in ruins. You can still walk through its passageways and climb the Tower House for nice views of Edinburgh. It’d be super fun to play hide and seek or even laser tag in here, although I’m pretty sure someone will get hurt.

More importantly though, Craigmillar Castle is dog-friendly so we took Blue here.

Craigmillar Castle is surrounded by a field where Blue got to frolick and run off leash.

Blue loved running up and down the spiral staircases.

You can get some nice views from the Tower.

Even views of Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat/The Crags.

Blue likes to move so a lot of my pictures are really blurry.

Overall, a great spot to bring a well-behaved dog on a leash! I highly recommend.

 

 

 

 

 

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