Craigmillar Castle (Scotland)
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Craigmillar Castle is one of Scotland's best preserved castles.
Even today, the castle retains the character of a medieval stronghold.
Construction began at the beginning of the fifteenth century and over the next 250 years the castle became a comfortable residence surrounded by beautiful gardens and pastures. The history of the castles is not only closely linked to the city of Edinburgh, but plays an important role in the story of Mary Queen of Scots, who escaped to the castle of Craigmillar following the murder of Rizzio. He was in the castle where the plot was born to kill Marys's husband, Lord Darnley.
Built around a L-style tower house from the early 15th century, Craigmillar was expanded extensively in the 15th and 16th centuries. It is a beautiful ruin, including a series of private rooms connected to the hall of the old tower.
Wedding ceremonies can take place in the Sala Grande, which can accommodate up to 60 people.
At the entrance of the castle there are a couple of yew trees (Taxus baccata) of considerable age and with important historical connections with the castle of Craigmillar. The trees have been planted to create an entrance to the castle. They have interesting twists. Historically it is believed that they provided wood for bows and arrows.
The Edinburgh Council is working to promote these "heritage trees" to the people of Edinburgh and visitors.