The Castles and Dungeons of Edinburgh

The castles of Edinburgh are among the greatest touristic attractions of Scotland. The stories around these castles enchant the ears of thousands of tourists every year.

  • Edinburgh Castle makes the top of the list. Built on a dramatic stony foundation, it resides as a silent watcher over the city. It is best to visit it with a tour guide, as the stories are thrilling.
  • Craigmillar Castle links back to the Queen Mary of Scotland. It is a stone tower, property of the Prestons. It is considered to be an inspiration for the Scotland castle architecture of the following years.
  • Crichton Castle has an unusual Italian Renaissance appearance in the Scottish castle scenery. The whole site has an atmospheric look with the help of the wild placement.
  • Borthwick Castle bears the marks of the bombardment. Today, it is a hotel, so it offers the opportunity to spend a night at the castle.
  • Dalhousie Castle was built in the 13th century by the Ramsay family. The central tower was built in the 15th century, but there is no sign of architectural differentiation in style.castle-542417_960_720

Although the pretty face and nice stories still live in the castles, the terror and grotesque tales are an integral part. Some consider Edinburgh to be the most haunted place on the European Continent. The Edinburgh Castle itself is rich in mysterious and malevolent stories. The main characters of the stories are a headless drummer, a phantom piper, a pale prisoner and a black hound.

The dark network of tunnels and underground cellars feed the imagination and stories around this place. The abandoned chambers of Edinburgh Vaults are thought to be haunted by a cobbler, a dog and a laughing child.

Cemeteries are the places that fuel the imagination with supernatural stories. The most famous character is Greyfriars Kirkyard, the spirit of a lawyer that sent many people to death sentence.