Crichton Castle, Scotland

Located in Midlothian, on a bluff overlooking the River Tyne are the ruins of Crichton Castle. Built in the 1300s, it was originally the home of, as the name implies, the Crichtons, but over the years passed through the hands of various families including James Hepburn, the third husband of Mary, Queen of Scots. It was occupied by the Bothwells until the 1580s, before finally falling into disrepair when the fifth Earl of Bothwell was accused of witchcraft. Today it in an interesting place to visit and attracts many visitors each year.

We visited in October, 2017 with our dear friends. We found it to be an interesting place to explore and and take photos.

Unfortunately, the castle is currently closed due to COVID-19, but should reopen in the spring. It is located near the village of Pathhead. Although it is possible to get to the castle by public transportation, due its remote location it is easiest to get to by car. Admission is free.

Check out my other blog posts about Scotland.

The Backies

Loch Ness

Stay safe and healthy,


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