Stay in a Scottish castle at Carberry Tower

Carberry Tower, near Edinburgh, Scotland

One of Scotland’s great mansion houses, which once provided a childhood holiday home for Her Majesty the Queen, is now a luxurious destination for visitors from across the world

Carberry Tower, near Edinburgh, Scotland

Carberry Tower Mansion House and Estate is a place of intimate grandeur, standing proudly within its own 35 acres of private estate parkland with tree-lined driveways, sweeping lawns and landscaped walkways.

Sitting just 15 minutes’ drive from the centre of Edinburgh, the hotel is perfectly positioned at the gateway to Scotland’s ‘golf coast’ and is within easy access to all that the capital city can offer. Whether you want to enjoy a luxurious weekend break, indulge in afternoon tea or simply pop in for some delicious food, Carberry Tower is fast becoming one of the places to visit, with an ever-growing reputation for quality and excellence.

Suite at Carberry Tower, near Edinburgh, Scotland
Suite at Carberry Tower

A £4 million restoration, which was completed in 2014, has created a spectacular country castle hotel that comes with its own unique history. Carberry records date back to the 11th century when King David I granted the land to the monks of Dunfermline Abbey. The main foundation stones of the initial tower were laid in 1480 and over the centuries a succession of famous Scottish families have added to the building.

The estates’ royal connections are long and notable. In 1567 on Carberry Hill (which can be seen from the south lawns) Mary, Queen of Scots surrendered to the English confederate lords and The Queen’s Mount still stands on Carberry Hill commemorating the incident. Mary Bowes Lyon, sister of the Queen Mother, lived in Carberry until 1960. Around the time portrayed in the award-winning movie, The King’s Speech, the Royal Family were regular visitors, with several of the suites on the principal floor being used by them. The estate proved a popular playground with the then Princess Elizabeth and her sister, Margaret.

Campaign Bistro Carberry Tower. Credit: Ryan White
The Campaign Room Bistro is a new addition. Credit: Ryan White

With a roaring log fire and views over the beautiful estate, the Campaign Room Bistro within the tower is open daily from 10.30am till 9pm, serving a mouth-watering selection of brunches, lunches and dinners. Sumptuous afternoon teas are served in the perfect setting of the elegant Drawing Room and there are lots of private dining options too, from the architecturally splendid Music Room, to the magnificent Edwardian Room or the Strong Room in the original armoury of the Castle Keep.

If you are in the Edinburgh or East Lothian area, Carberry Tower Mansion House and Estate is well worth a visit.

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