Greeted by imposing turrets and towers that rise up from the red stone façade, the grand exterior of Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Aqueous Spa near Edinburgh will leave you awestruck at first sight. Dating back to the 13th century, this spectacular fortress lies within beautiful grounds just eight miles from the vibrant city of Edinburgh, and it has been titled as ‘Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited Castle’.
Once the seat to the Earls of Dalhousie and visited by notable figures, including Queen Victoria, Edward I and Walter Scott, the castle boasts 850 years’ of turbulent history, which echoes throughout the ancient stairways and rooms.
There’s a real sense of grandeur here. This is an incredible place where baronial splendour mingles effortlessly with more modern luxuries. Sympathetically restored to its former glory, characterful features such as wood panelling and exposed stonework are offset by ornate chandeliers. Everything you would come to expect in a castle of such stature is waiting to excite you. Draped in tweed and tartan, it’s clear that the owners are proud of its Scottish heritage. Unexpected quirks are presented at every turn. The secret door which leads to the bar takes you back to childhood fantasies, giving you a sense of excitement as though you have just stepped through the wardrobe into Narnia.
The Dungeon Restaurant is an atmospheric space where you can dine on award winning dishes whilst admiring the pieces of armour and weapons that hang from the stone walls. In contrast to the barrel-vaulted dungeons, guests can enjoy bistro style dining in the relaxed Orangery.
The Aqueous Spa provides a peaceful oasis, where guests can totally unwind in contemporary luxury with state-of the art facilities, including a hydro pool (the first of its kind in Scotland), a Turkish style steam bath and a Roman style sauna.
The extensive grounds play host to the Dalhousie Falconry centre, where you can get up close and personal to an array of fabulous birds. Alternatively, you can try your hand at archery or simply explore the scenery as you stroll along one of the three winding trails that surround the castle.
However you choose to spend your time at Dalhousie Castle in Edinburgh, you are sure to fall in love with its totally unique and historic charm.
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