Roslin Castle (sometimes spelt Rosslyn) is a partially ruined castle near the village of Roslin in Midlothian. There has been a castle on the site since the early 14th century, when the Sinclair family, Earls of Caithness and Barons of Roslin, fortified the site, although the present ruins are of slightly later date. Following destruction during the War of the Rough Wooing of 1544, the castle was rebuilt in the late 16th century. A new five-storey east range was built into the side of the rock, and the gatehouse was rebuilt, this time with a permanent stone bridge. In 1591 the Laird of Roslin was forfeited, and the castle was held by William Leslie for the Earl of Huntly.

The upper part of the east range was renovated in 1622, with renaissance details and carving to door and window surrounds. Roslin suffered again from the artillery of Cromwell’s commander in Scotland, General Monck, in 1650. It was further damaged by a Reforming mob in 1688. By the 18th century the structure was dilapidated, though part of the east range has always remained habitable.

This structure, built into the cliffs of Roslin Glen, has remained at least partially habitable ever since. The castle is accessed via a high bridge, which replaced an earlier drawbridge. Roslin was renovated in the 1980s and now serves as holiday accommodation.



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B7003, Roslin, United Kingdom
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Founded: 16th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Javisa Australia (13 months ago)
It is a castle in ruins but located in a fantastic place. You can still imagine it in its moment of great splendor. Its environment has much to show walking through its forest on the banks of the river.
Songcaster (13 months ago)
Stunningly beautiful surroundings with woodland walks alongside the river. The bridge to the castle is breathtaking.
OTTO GLAVO (2 years ago)
Hidden but beautiful place, just a few minutes walk from Rosslyn Chapel. It is worth to take time and visit this place where were the last scenes of Da Vinci's Code film shooted...
Andrew Catmur (2 years ago)
You can only visit park of the castle but it makes a great circular walk from the village.
Maria Luz Lopez Carrara (2 years ago)
Magical place, it could have a nicer signing were to go around and what to see
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