On a windy day last week, a friend and I visited this medieval castle on the outskirts of the city.
Information board illustration of how Craigmillar would have looked in past times.
The outer courtyard
Outer courtyard and door to the inner courtyard
The inner courtyard
The coat of arms of the Preston family who built the castle in the late 1300s.
The animals on either side of the shield resemble monkeys but may be lions.
The interior is large and a confusing warren of rooms and spiral stairways.
On our way up to the roof in the oldest part of the castle we pass the medieval laird's hall.
This room would have been used for entertaining
Present day inhabitants sit in a nest above a doorway
On the roof rain clouds are gathering over the Pentland hills.
It's 10 degrees C, and very windy and we have to hang on to the safety railings to keep our balance.
Looking towards the Lammermuir Hills and East lothian.
The buildings below are a new hospital built on an area called Little France, the site of a former hamlet
where Mary Queen of Scots French retainers camped in the 1500s.
And in this direction, the North Sea.
Sir John in his official robes
A land owning family in the 1660s
Dark clouds now drift above us and it's beginning to rain.
Crows brace themselves in the wind
And a rainbow appears.........
Thank you for visiting
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