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What We Love

  • A relaxing stay at Edinburgh's only castle hotel, with breakfast and dinner includedStaying in a bona fide Scottish castle and feeling suitably smug about it
  • Enjoying the 50 acres of private grounds and woodland
  • The beautifully restored 18th-century features throughout the hotel
  • Partaking in archery, clay-pigeon shooting and other quintessentially rural activities available

What To Know

  • Free WiFi and continental breakfast
  • Barman John is great for drink suggestions and a laugh
  • The castle serves daily afternoon tea


  •  Babysitting
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
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An 18th-century castle on the outskirts of Edinburgh, with breakfast, dinner and late check-out included

The Lowdown

Commanding attention within 50 acres of beautiful woodland, Melville Castle is an 18th-century, country-house hotel, just a 20-minute drive from the center of Edinburgh. Perched on the outskirts of the city, Melville – Edinburgh’s only castle hotel – trumpets both a scenic setting and an ideal location close to the city’s culture and buzz. This historic four-star property is an ideal base for both a relaxing rural idyll or a European city getaway.
At this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, you’ll find original features, gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape and luxurious rooms. Beyond the stylish décor and traditional touches, you can throw yourself into the countryside activities on offer, like clay-pigeon shooting, archery and axe-throwing. Start off your day as a true hearty Scot, tearing into a full Scottish breakfast complete with patty scones, haggis and locally sourced sausages.


Combining luxurious features with the traditional elegance of an 18th-century castle estate, Melville Castle offers a sophisticated stay in your Classic room. The room is classically furnished, with crisp linen sheets, fluffy white towels and gorgeous woodland views.


The Brasserie Restaurant & Cellar Bar serves up delicious fare using locally sourced ingredients, ranging from hearty breakfasts to idyllic evening meals. Indulge in afternoon tea to the backdrop of the beautiful castle grounds, too.


Perched on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Melville Castle sits within 50 acres of gorgeous private woodland. With plenty of space, the grounds are popular for horse-riding, trekking and clay-pigeon shooting. Despite its ideal rural location, the Castle is only a 20-minute drive from Edinburgh’s bustling city center.

How to Get There

Melville Castle
Gilmerton Road
Lasswade, EH181AP United Kingdom


Curb Appeal and Customer Service
Jane B

On our recent trip to Scotland, we wanted the experience of staying in a castle. This hotel is affordable, includes a delicious breakfast, and makes a dramatic entrance. We had an issue with the room I booked on Booking.com not being available, so I would recommend booking directly with the hotel if you are going to stay there. The staff was considerate and accommodating, giving us two superior rooms. I would say the rooms are lacking in that "castle appeal" and luxury you'd expect when you stay in a castle. While our family had to be separated, they took care of us. The food is delicious and the included breakfast is substantial and authentic. We ate dinner at the castle twice and both times the food was superb. One must try the Sticky Toffee Pudding. If you want a luxurious castle experience, I'd look elsewhere, but for a night or two in a castle surrounded with history and kind people, this is a good choice.

Great base for lower highlands
Mike R

Great value for nice comfortable rooms and beautiful location. Easy access to Edinburgh and Lower Highlands. Seems you are staying in a private country estate but everything is nearby. Accomidating and friendly staff and very good on site bar and restaurant.

Melville Castle tops the Dalhousie Castle for service and price
Duncan T

Having stayed at the two castle hotels this year, we will always come back to Melville Castle. Our exprience was one of much more attentive staff and much better value fro money. Had a lovely walk through the woodland trail.
Indeed we rebooked to stay again on our return journey home from the Highlands, well done Melville Castle and thank you.