As much as I love being a tourist, there are times when I’m tired of crowds. While Edinburgh is not a particularly crowded city, if you visit during the right time of year, after an extended stay, you may want a small escape, without going on a full-on day trip.
A half day spent at Craigmillar Castle and The Sheep Heid Inn can be the perfect respite.
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*Post updated, August, 2019
If you're reading this, then you'll probably end up at Craigmillar on purpose, as it's amazing. However, if you're like me, as much as I research before a trip, sometimes there's still a bit of planning needed in the moment! We packed so much into our trip to Scotland, including the Scottish Highlands, St. Andrews, and a trip to Stirling, but even after all of that traveling, we ended up with a free day. It came down to hopping over to Glasgow or staying in Edinburgh and, experiencing a bad case of travel fatigue, we decided to stay close to home (we were staying in New Town in Edinburgh).
So, like any good travel blogger, though I wasn't one at the time, I googled "best castles near Edinburgh" and wow did I luck out. The New York Times had actually done a "36 Hours in Edinburgh" (subscription required) recommending Craigmillar and the Sheep's Heid, we saw it was easy to get to, and off we went!!! I can honestly count our trip to Craigmillar among our best days in the U.K., and there have been a lot of those, so that's certainly saying something!
Hop into your time machine and off we go!
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