Craigmillar Castle is located in Southeast Edinburgh. Some people call it "the other castle" in Edinburgh, but even if this is the case, we loved visiting it. Built by the Preston family in the 1300's, it was used until the early 17th century and then was left to ruin.
The castle is well known because Mary Queen of Scots visited it frequently, including after the birth of her son, future king James VI. And it was there that the "Craigmillar Bond" was made- the pact to killer husband Bramley.
Dallin and I bought a Historic Scotland membership so that we could visit a lot of the tourist places (Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Craigmillar Castle, etc.) multiple times and for free and we think it will see a lot of use.
One of the things we loved about Craigmillar is that it wasn't very crowded. We could explore the castle at our own pace and we're able to take a lot of time without being crowded out. It was fun getting lost among all the rooms and staircases. We will definitely go again!
Craigmillar Castle- visited 13 Sept, 2014