Dalhousie Castle

13th Century romantic castle set in parkland nr Edinburgh

Member since 2015

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Romantic luxury hotel and spa, reputedly the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland. Situated just 8 miles from Edinburgh city centre, Dalhousie is both a wonderful base to explore this popular city, or a destination in it's own right, with a relaxing spa, fine dining and more.

  • Luxury hotel just 8 miles from Edinburgh
  • 13th Century castle
  • 35 elegant character rooms
  • 2 AA rosette fine dining restaurant
  • Separate informal bistro
  • Aqueous spa including hydro pool
  • Set in parkland on the banks of the River Esk.

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Castle Classic Double

Stay in a Castle Classic room and receive:

  • A bottle of chilled Tattinger Champagne in your room on arrival (value £65)*
  • 3 course dinner for two on one evening in the 2AA rosette award winning Dungeon Restaurant (value £49.50 pp)
  • Full Scottish breakfast for two daily 
  • Full use of the spa throughout your stay
  • 15% discount on pre-booked spa treatments (valid Sun - Thurs only)
  • Complimentary room upgrade on arrival (subject to availability)
  • Lazy late check out 12:30
  • *Guests can substitute Champagne for a full afternoon tea for two during your stay if preferred. Please advise prior to arrival. Exclusive offer only available through Off Peak Luxury websites

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Classic Double or Twin

Stay in a Castle Classic Double room and receive:

  • A bottle of chilled Tattinger Champagne in your room on arrival (value £65)*
  • 3 course dinner for two on one evening in the 2AA rosette award winning Dungeon Restaurant (value £49.50 pp)
  • Full Scottish breakfast for two daily 
  • Full use of the spa throughout your stay
  • 15% discount on pre-booked spa treatments (valid Sun - Thurs only)
  • Complimentary room upgrade on arrival (subject to availability)
  • Lazy late check out 12:30
  • *Guests can substitute Champagne for a full afternoon tea for two during your stay if preferred. Please advise prior to arrival. Exclusive offer only available through Off Peak Luxury websites

1 night stay

Package Price: £107.50 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £215 per room

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2 night stay

Package Price: £145.50 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £291 per room

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3 night stay

Package Price: £191.50 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £383 per room

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4 night stay

Package Price: £232.50 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £465 per room

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5 night stay

Package Price: £276.50 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £553 per room

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6 night stay

Package Price: £317.50 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £635 per room

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7 night stay

Package Price: £358.50 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £717 per room

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Winter Special

Stay in a Castle Classic room and receive:

  • Pre-dinner glass of Prosecco each daily
  • 3 course dinner for two (value £49.50 pp) each night
  • Full English breakfast daily
  • 15% off pre-booked spa treatments

1 night stay

Package Price: £89.50 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £179 per room

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Themed Double

Stay in a Themed Double room and receive:

  • A bottle of chilled Tattinger Champagne in your room on arrival (value £65)*
  • 3 course dinner for two on one evening in the 2AA rosette award winning Dungeon Restaurant (value £49.50 pp)
  • Full Scottish breakfast for two daily 
  • Full use of the spa throughout your stay
  • 15% discount on pre-booked spa treatments (valid Sun - Thurs only)
  • Complimentary room upgrade on arrival (subject to availability)
  • Lazy late check out 12:30
  • *Guests can substitute Champagne for a full afternoon tea for two during your stay if preferred. Please advise prior to arrival. Exclusive offer only available through Off Peak Luxury websites

1 night stay

Package Price: £115 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £230 per room

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Themed Four Poster

Stay in a Themed Four Poster room and receive:

  • A bottle of chilled Tattinger Champagne in your room on arrival (value £65)*
  • 3 course dinner for two on one evening in the 2AA rosette award winning Dungeon Restaurant (value £49.50 pp)
  • Full Scottish breakfast for two daily 
  • Full use of the spa throughout your stay
  • 15% discount on pre-booked spa treatments (valid Sun - Thurs only)
  • Complimentary room upgrade on arrival (subject to availability)
  • Lazy late check out 12:30
  • *Guests can substitute Champagne for a full afternoon tea for two during your stay if preferred. Please advise prior to arrival. Exclusive offer only available through Off Peak Luxury websites

1 night stay

Package Price: £122.50 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £245 per room

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2 night stay

Package Price: £180.50 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £361 per room

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6 night stay

Package Price: £407.50 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £815 per room

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7 night stay

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Themed Suite

Stay in a Themed Suite and receive:

  • A bottle of chilled Tattinger Champagne in your room on arrival (value £65)*
  • 3 course dinner for two on one evening in the 2AA rosette award winning Dungeon Restaurant (value £49.50 pp)
  • Full Scottish breakfast for two daily 
  • Full use of the spa throughout your stay
  • 15% discount on pre-booked spa treatments (valid Sun - Thurs only)
  • Complimentary room upgrade on arrival (subject to availability)
  • Lazy late check out 12:30
  • *Guests can substitute Champagne for a full afternoon tea for two during your stay if preferred. Please advise prior to arrival. Exclusive offer only available through Off Peak Luxury websites

1 night stay

Package Price: £137.50 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £275 per room

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Package Price: £195.50 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £391 per room

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Facilities at Dalhousie Castle

A magnificent 13th century fortress just 8 miles from Edinburgh's city centre. Set within acres of wooded parkland on the picturesque banks of the River Esk, Dalhousie Castle has luxurious surrounds, and holds the title as ‘Scotland's Oldest Inhabited Castle'.

The Falconry hosts an impressive variety of species including hawks, buzzards, falcons, eagles and owls, the castle falconry offers a range of packages available to book as individuals or groups, ideal for all ages.

Relax and unwind in the impressive Aqueous Spa. This includes facials, massages, beauty, and nail treatments, which all include use of the leisure facilities for two hours with hydro pool.

Dalhousie Castle
Dalhousie Castle
Dalhousie Castle
Dalhousie Castle
  • 35 Bedrooms
  • Riding
  • Fishing
  • Health Spa
  • Four Poster Bed
  • Children Welcome
  • Golf Course Nearby
  • Dogs by Prior Arrangement
  • 2 AA Rosette Dining

Good to know

  • Hotel check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Hotel check-out time: 11:00 AM

Parking Facilities

Ample on site parking (free)

Disabled Access

Owing to its construction and structure, Dalhousie Castle does not have an accessible room or easy wheelchair access. Ground floor rooms are available at Castle Rocks within the hotel grounds.

The hotel does not have a lift 

History of the hotel

The Ramsays of Dalhousie have reason to be proud of their heritage and their long links with Scottish history. They held possession of Dalhousie longer than any other family has retained possession of a castle in Scotland. The Castle, which is situated in the parish of Cockpen, eight miles south of Edinburgh, dates from the 13th century, although only the enormously thick walls at the foundation level and the vaults remain, of the original building. The main parts of the present structure were built about 1450 from red stone quarried from the opposite bank of the South Esk River on which the Castle stands. In the succeeding centuries there have been various additions and modifications, but the essential form of the Castle which had an L-shaped keep surrounded by an outer curtain wall can still be clearly discerned.

Child Policy

Children will be charged at £45 per night on a bed and breakfast basis.

The maximum number of extra beds/children's cots permitted in a room is 1.

Children under 16 are not allowed to use the spa

Children under the age of 10 are not able to dine in the Dungeon Restaurant.  Dining will be in the Orangery restaurant instead for customers with children under the age of 10.

Dogs Policy

There are just 2 Castle Rocks Suites that accommodate dogs, these incur an upgrade charge on top of the Castle rooms.  Dogs are charged at £25.00 per dog per night.  Please advise before booking if you would like to stay with your dog. 

The grounds

Set in acres of parkland on the River Esk

Other Information

Free wifi is available throughout the hotel.

The Rooms at Dalhousie Castle

Castle Classic room

The Castle Classic Bedrooms are charming and filled with the necessary amenities for your stay. Designed for your comfort they each reflect the unique style displayed throughout the castle. These rooms cannot be Twinned

All rooms have 32″ HD TVs with Freeview, an in room telephone and a en-suite bathroom. They are all made complete with irons and ironing board, hairdryers, and a welcoming hospitality tray.

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Castle Classic Double room

The Castle Classic Double Bedrooms are charming and filled with the necessary amenities for your stay. Designed for your comfort they each reflect the unique style displayed throughout the castle. These rooms can be Double or Twin.

All rooms have 32″ HD TVs with Freeview, an in room telephone and a en-suite bathroom. They are all made complete with irons and ironing board, hairdryers, and a welcoming hospitality tray.

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Themed Four Poster room

Themed four-poster bedrooms are elegant and luxurious each relating to the castles' history, with a large four poster bed. Our executive double rooms offer the same character with a beautiful bed mount.

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Themed Double room

Themed bedrooms are delightfully styled to create a room full of unique character and have a historic theme which connects to the Ramsay family history who built and lived in the castle for almost 700 years.

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Themed room, Dalhousie Castle

Dalhousie Castle - Themed room

Themed Suite

The castle has two spacious and extravagant historically themed suites, exquisitely styled and full of character. These suites have a separate living and sleeping area, and are perfect for making your stay extra special.

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Themed Suite room, Dalhousie Castle

Dalhousie Castle - Themed Suite room

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Dungeon Restaurant

A quite unique dining experience in the hotel's ancient barrel-vaulted dungeons. Awarded 2 AA Rosettes, the menu is a modern interpretation of classic Scottish dishes cooked and prepared in a classic French cooking style, whilst using locally sourced produce.


Opening Times

Breakfast:

Monday - Friday 7.30 a.m. - 10.00 a.m. 

Saturday -Sunday  8 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. 

Afternoon Tea: 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Dinner (Dungeon Restaurant): 7.00 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.


Dress Code

smart/ casual


Dungeon Restaurant restaurant, Dalhousie Castle

Dungeon Restaurant restaurant, Dalhousie Castle

The Orangery

Panoramic views overlooking the castle estate make The Orangery is a perfect spot to enjoy delicious food, in good company. Dalhousie serve a contemporary menu for lunch and dinner daily. The Afternoon Tea is very popular, and available with Champagne.


Opening Times

Breakfast:

Monday - Friday 7.30 a.m. - 10.00 a.m. 

Saturday -Sunday  8 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. 

Afternoon Tea: 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Dinner (Dungeon Restaurant): 7.00 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.


Dress Code

smart/ casual


The Orangery restaurant, Dalhousie Castle

The Orangery restaurant, Dalhousie Castle

Aqueous Spa

Aqueous Spa spa, Dalhousie Castle

Dalhousie Castle - Aqueous Spa spa

The Spa combines relaxing and therapeutic treatments designed to invigorate and rejuvenate your body and mind. Dalhousie have chosen to use Darphin products throughout the spa, selected for its unique sensuality and exquisite results.

This multi-massage jet pool incorporates an airbed, neck and specific muscular body massage jets. Designed to relieve aches and pains leaving you feeling energized.

The Laconium is a Roman style dry sweating room with a lower temperature than a common sauna, releasing heat through the benches and floor.

The spa also has an area called a Tepidarium. Here you can relax and enjoy a new level of well-being with comfortable lounge beds. The tepidarium catches the sun and overlooks spectacular views.

 

Pre-booking is highly advised for treatments and use of the spa facilities. Spa facilities are available to residents prior to check in and up to closing time on the day of departure.

Please note that children under the age of 16 are not permitted to use the spa facilities.


Dalhousie Castle Location

Map & Directions

Address

Bonnyrigg
Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH19 3JB

Ample on site parking (free)


How to get here

By car from Edinburgh
Follow the City Bypass– take the Gilmerton/Galashiels exit for A7 – then follow signs for Galashiels until you see the sign for Dalhousie Castle. Dalhousie Castle is on the left after the Cockpen Church and before the bridge.

SAT NAV POSTCODE: EH19 3JB

By car from Glasgow and Edinburgh Airport
Join the Edinburgh bypass at Gogarburn roundabout. Follow bypass until Lasswade slip road, follow signs for Bonnyrigg, and drive straight through Bonnyrigg following the Dalhousie Castle sign, remaining on the main road. At roundabout, follow B704 signed for Gorebridge. Dalhousie Castle is located half a mile out of Bonnyrigg on the right with the entrance on your left.

By train
5 hours from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley.


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Location & Local Attractions

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle dominates Scotland's capital city from its great rock. Its story has helped shape the nation's story. The Castle is open daily to visitors and is a great day out for all the family.

 

Butterfly World

Just minutes from Dalhousie Castle, Butterfly & Insect World is open daily. Based in a tropical paradise, they have a range of animals to explore, with regular talks on feedings and handling demonstrations.

 

Rosslyn Chapel

One of Scotland's most remarkable buildings which is still used today as a place of worship, Rosslyn Chapel grew in popularity after the publication of Dan Brown's novel, The Da Vinci Code, in 2003, and the subsequent film.

 

Royal Yacht Britannia

Voted the UK's no1 tourist attraction, the Royal Yacht Britannia allows you to experience what is was like on board the queen's royal residence. Located in Leith with plenty of cafes and shopping.

 

Glenkinchie Distillery

Glenkinchie Distillery is closely located to the castle, and is a fantastic day out for anyone keen to learn more about whisky. Your visit includes a full tour and tasting, with a shop on site for purchasing gifts.

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Great weekend made by a great team

William W, North Lanarkshire, stayed: February 2019

We had a fantastic weekend with fantastic people who could not do enough for us. We will be back.

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Beautiful place

CB, Lancashire, stayed: February 2019

Lovely

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Authentic castle stay! A must do when visiting Scotland

Jess D, stayed: January 2019

Loved this tick the box experience. Lovely welcome, nice room (would go for four poster next time), champagne in the room, fab lunch and even better dinner. Awesome stay!

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Romantic weekend away

Julian, Kent, stayed: January 2019

Dalhousie castle is very picturesque, staff are very friendly, the building has loads of character, bedrooms are very nice, especially rooms 25 & 41. The dungeon restaurant is great, food and service magnificent. The spa facilities are nice, staff great and the back massage very good. The grounds of the hotel are good for a walk and pleasant surroundings.

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Customer service needs a massive revamp

SP, Surrey, stayed: November 2018

Shoddy room, abysmal bed and disgusting bedding!
Only highlight was the Dungeon Dinner and exceptional Greek waitress (only one staff member who made the difference)
Should make more of an effort to read other reviews as they were not far off from the truth!

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