Hotel Indigo Edinburgh, 51 - 59 York Place, EH1 3JD

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Edinburgh's Hidden Castles

When you think of iconic attractions in Edinburgh, one that instantly comes to mind is Edinburgh Castle. Located on Castle Rock, the centuries-old castle is one of the most exciting in the world. Many historical figures have resided here over the years, and the building is home to the oldest crown jewels in Britain.

But did you know it’s not the only castle that the city has to offer? In this blog, our boutique hotel in Edinburgh explores some of the city’s best-hidden castles which often go “under the radar”.


Barnbougle Castle

Located on the Firth of Forth shores, between Cramond and Queensferry, stands Barnbougle, a stunning 13th century Tower House! The castle was originally built to protect the Moubray family from enemies but became a base for piracy and smuggling (which makes sense, as it’s on the waterfront). It was re-built in 1881 for the 5th Earl of Roseberry, becoming his treasured retreat – complete with six libraries, a banqueting hall and bedrooms. Today, you can walk in and discover the history and secrets of Barnbougle.

Barnbougle Castle[photo credit: Rosebery Venues]


Dundas Castle

Once used as the headquarters for protecting the Forth Rail Bridge in WWII, Dundas Castle has a fascinating history which dates back to the 15th century. Over the years, the building served as a private residence for many aristocrats, and in the 19th century underwent substantial renovation – with part of the building being pulled down, and reconstructed in Tudor-Gothic style. Due to its stunning appearance, the castle has been used as a filming location for several movies, including The Little Vampire, Summer Solstice and Book of Blood, to name a few. It currently operates as a wedding and events space – what a great place to host your big day!Dundas Castle[photo credit: Dundas Castle]


Craigmillar Castle

Perhaps the best known, when it comes to Edinburgh’s hidden castles, Craigmillar Castle is often referred to as the city’s ‘other’ castle. Standing just a mile outside the city walls, the castle was famously used as a safe haven by Mary Queen of Scots in 1566. Climb the tower house and admire the views from the top, which looks right across Edinburgh and spot famous landmarks. Don’t forget to explore the secrets chambers which can be found dotted around the castle!Craigmillar Castle

Hotel Indigo Edinburgh on York Place is a 60-guest room luxury boutique hotel in Edinburgh city centre, ideally located near to many top attractions. To check availability, contact the Edinburgh hotel team on or 0131 556 5577.




Indigo Infusion Package

Treat your partner to our Edinburgh hotel’s ‘Indigo Infusion Package’, and enjoy accommodation, full Scottish breakfast and bottle of prosecco!


Shopping Package

Shop ‘til you drop with our boutique Edinburgh hotel’s ‘Shopping Package’. The two-person offer includes overnight accommodation, Scottish breakfast, £20 Love2Shop voucher and much more.


Rule Britannia Tour Package

Ahoy! Follow in the footsteps of royalty, with our Edinburgh hotel’s ‘Rule Britannia Tour Package’, the exclusive offer includes accommodation, breakfast and two tickets for the Royal Yacht Britannia Tour – all aboard!

I loved that the room had some complimentary snacks and drinks, with a Scottish theme!

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Hotel Indigo Edinburgh Reviews



This hotel is such a great find. Its location cannot be beat and the rooms are incredibly nice. Great amenities (including complimentary mini bar) and great service. Would definitely stay here again!


Newcastle upon Tyne

I stayed here overnight to see Justin Timberlake on his Man of The Woods Tour. We were greeted with the warmest welcome by the receptionist...genuinely helpful and friendly. We stayed in the Suite, which has everything I could possibly need. A FREE (well stocked) mini bar! Robes, Aveda toiletries, slippers, free calls, a very appreciated cafetiere with ground coffee and a lovely selection of teas. 30mins in and a welcome plate arrived with 5 good size desserts...gorgeous.

Room service was excellent and the breakfast was utterly delicious and brought to the room at no extra charge. The room was very large and spacious with a huge double bed, blissfully comfortable. When needed in the evening the staff pressed a button at reception and a taxi arrived within 2 minutes...Outstanding service!

I had such a fantastic stay here that I shall return in November and I'll be re-booking this Suite.


Kingston upon Hull

Less than 10 mins walk from Waverley. Staff were very polite, helpful and friendly throughout our stay. Room was a good size with a great bathroom. Large shower, robes and Aveda products included. Fridge with free cold drinks. Good breakfast with plenty of choice. Both couples enjoyed and would stay again.



Really nice friendly boutique hotel. We didn't arrive until late but the hotel was more than happy to let us check in late. After checking in we also asked for some area recommendations, which again the staff were more than happy to give us. Our room was really nice and very clean, bed was comfortable and gave us a good night sleep. We stayed for two night and did not hear any noise from the hotel or any of the other guest. In a good location with only a short walk to the shops and restaurant/cinema ! If staying on Edinburgh I would highly recommend this hotel!



Stayed for one night, but very impressed. Receptionist was fantastic, very professional, helpful, good looking and immaculately presented. The room was excellent, very clean, bed comfortable and the shower was fantastic, hot and powerful.

Breakfast well worth the money, with attention to detail and served hot. The location is excellent with just a 10 minutes walk from the station and to Princess Street. I will definitely stay here again.

Great boutique hotel and great value for money. Wish I was staying for longer.



Had a one night stay here. The location is great, right beside a Tram Stop, 2 minute walk to St Andrews Square bus station, 15 min from Waverley Train station and short walk to main shopping and restaurants. Hotel was very clean & comfortable. Good Breakfast. Very friendly staff.



Really nice hotel in a fantastic location for train station, shopping and nightlife. Lovely rooms, with complimentary snacks and lovely Aveda toiletries in the room. Bed was really comfortable, breakfast was also excellent and the staff very friendly. Would definitely recommend this hotel to family and friends visiting Edinburgh.



I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Hotel Indigo. My room was very big and spacious, with an extremely comfortable, grand bed. The bathroom was very nice too, with Aveda toiletries. I loved that the room had some complimentary snacks and drinks, with a Scottish theme.

For breakfast I had a Full Scottish, which was absolutely massive, with a choice of link or lorne sausage - I had the latter to be properly Scottish. Four types of pork product on one plate, I think - amazing!! I'm all about the hotel breakfast, so that was brilliant. Can't fault my stay here. The location is also very convenient for the main train station, and walkable to all of central Edinburgh.



Visited the hotel and stayed 2 nights having stayed at the Indigo in London. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Lovely rooms, great service, very good location opposite the tram stop and bus routes.
Lovely bar and restaurant is on site if you prefer to stay close for dinner!



I stayed at Hotel Indigo for first time last week, the service from the reception, bar and restaurant staff was faultless. The room was very comfortable and the bed was the comfiest i have ever slept in. The Hotel is situated close to the Playhouse and only 5 minute walk from waverley station, there are several good bars and restaurants in the vicinity. A great Hotel in a good area.

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