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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Maria Luz Lopez Carrara (9 days ago)
Magical place, it could have a nicer signing were to go around and what to see
Ravikant Pandey (2 months ago)
Amazing place to be around and enjoy for a day trip from Edinburgh. Roslin Castle is a partially ruined castle near the village of Roslin in Midlothian, Scotland around 9 miles south of Edinburgh, on the north bank of the North Esk, only a few hundred metres from the famous Rosslyn Chapel.
Bobby Brannan (3 months ago)
An Instagramers dream, a perfectly picturesque place with a great walk round about. With a beautiful chapel literally a 2-3 minute walk away you could easily fill your camera roll with stunning shots. Google maps will take you to the start of the Graveyards at triangle in the road small sign for the castle but if you follow the path to the left you should have no trouble finding it
Stan V (4 months ago)
Those small ruins seem almost hidden. They are a beautiful gem, and the path to them is equally as beautiful, seamed by graveyards and old walls. Just be careful, there's plenty of steeps, and the castle walls are really low—so, keep an eye on your children and pets. There's "not much to see", but anyone with a love for old things will enjoy this little spot. Consider coming here when you're in Roslin anyway, it seems a great addition after visiting Rosslyn Chapel.
Celma Queza (5 months ago)
Very beautiful and nice place! Family friendly for a picnic and explore. Has a car park for free, and the picnic area is ok for wheelchair users. Great for short and long walks. Has a river, a castle and a chapel near by. Loved it! ?
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