Dalhousie Castle Hotel & Aqueous Spa, Edinburgh

Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh, Midlothian , EH19 3JB

Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited Castle

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  • Dungeon restaurant
  • Aqueous Spa
  • Striking building
Dalhousie Castle Hotel Overview
  • Parking
  • Hot Tub
  • Spa
  • Hydrotherapy Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Spa Treatments
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Children Welcome
  • Room Service Available
  • Archery
  • Conference Facilities
  • Civil Ceremonies
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Walking/Jogging Trails
  • Close To Edinburgh
  • Gorgeous Grounds

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.


From the 2AA Rosette dining to the magnificent Aqueous Spa, facilities at Dalhousie Castle are outstanding.


The Dungeon Restaurant at Dalhousie Castle offers a unique and exciting dining experience. Set in the ancient, barrel-vaulted dungeons, the stone walls are dressed with suits of armour and weaponry. The mood lighting sets an atmospheric scene, where classic Scottish dishes are prepared using French cooking techniques.

The Orangery is a light space with extensive views of the castle grounds. The relaxed ambience makes it a wonderful setting for enjoying the bistro style menu or afternoon tea.

Aqueous Spa

What better way to impress your clients or motivate your team than by hosting your corporate event or conference at this impressive castle? There are several venues available that are suitable for various types of functions, from private dining and drinks receptions to board meetings. Exclusive use is also available, which includes full hire of the castle, 35 bedrooms, spa facilities and a full team of staff. Or for something a little bit different, you can arrange a Jacobean Banquet.


Picture your dream day at this fairytale castle with Scottish pipers, award winning food and a private chapel, where you can share your special day with friends and family. With many rooms and suites to choose from, the hotel can cater for all sizes of celebrations.

Things to do in Edinburgh

The Falconry centre at Dalhousie Castle has a fabulous array of birds, including hawks, falcons, eagles, buzzards and owls. The centre is ideal for both group activities and individuals. If you prefer, test your aim in the castle grounds with a spot of archery.

Edinburgh Castle

Visit this notable castle and uncover some of the most fascinating history of Scotland.

Edinburgh Butterfly World

Just a stone’s throw away from Dalhousie Castle, Butterfly World is a tropical home, not just for butterflies, but also for insects and animals.

Glenchinkie Distillery

Of you are a lover of whisky, this is a great place to take a tour, see how the whisky is made and sample some of the finest whisky in Scotland.

Climbs to the top of Arthur’s Seat, which can be found just a short distance from the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, and soak up the most incredible views of the city.

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