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Dalhousie Castle Hotel & Aqueous Spa, Edinburgh

Cockpen Road, Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh, EH193JB, UK
Dalhousie Castle Hotel & Aqueous Spa, Edinburgh Dalhousie Castle Hotel & Aqueous Spa, Edinburgh 01875 820153 Cockpen Road Bonnyrigg Edinburgh
94 out of 100% 5 votes


Facilities: swipe to see more
  • Free Wifi
  • Private Car Park
  • Spa
  • Golf in Local Area
  • Electric Car Charging Point

Situated in luxurious surroundings and yet only eight miles from Edinburgh city centre is the Dalhousie Castle Hotel & Aqueous Spa. Dating back over 800 years the hotel is known as one of Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited Castles.

Rooms & Facilities
Facilities: swipe to see more
  • Free Wifi
  • Private Car Park
  • Spa
  • Golf in Local Area
  • Electric Car Charging Point

Number of Bedrooms: 35

Parking Spaces: 50

Steps into Hotel: 0

Check In Time: 4pm

Check Out Time: 10:30am

Dalhousie Castle Hotel & Spa in Bonnyrigg is a magnificent 13th century fortress just 8 miles from Edinburgh’s city centre. This 4 star Scottish Castle is set within acres of wooded parkland on the picturesque banks of the River Esk. From the moment you arrive, you can expect a warm Scottish welcome and a truly memorable experience.

The Edinburgh Castle Hotel is home to 35 bedrooms on the estate. Within the castle walls there are 29 individually designed bedrooms and located just minutes from the castle is the Castle Rocks Lodge which offers 6 plush oversized bedrooms which have more of a modern touch. All of the bedrooms feature soft Egyptian cotton bed linen, fluffy towels, robes, slippers and Temple Spa toiletries.

Guests to Dalhousie are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options. Choose from the 2 AA Rosette Awarded Dungeon Restaurant. This is a unique dining experience in the ancient barrel-vaulted dungeons. Or for a more informal option relax with the Bistro Dining at The Orangery. Enjoy Champagne Afternoon Tea, a Delicious Lunch or Dinner.

Mind and Body are relaxed and rejuvenated in the hotel's Aqueous Spa. Experience luxurious treatments and a range of leisure facilities including a hydro pool.

The Dalhousie Castle Hotel & Spa offers great late deals and special offers on short breaks throughout the year.




tick TV
tick Tea/Coffee
tick Iron/Board
tick Toiletries
tick Hairdryer
tick Telephone
tick Room Service
tick Cots Supplied
tick Wifi
tick Interconnecting Rooms
tick Walk In Showers

Within Dalhousie castle, you will find 29 charming guest bedrooms, each with its own en-suite facilities, accessible through a labyrinth of staircases and concealed corridors.

Castle Bedrooms
Each uniquely designed room exudes luxury, adorned with opulent Scottish fabrics and antique furniture fit for royalty. Despite the historic feel, the bedrooms boast modern amenities such as plush Egyptian cotton linens, cosy robes and slippers, premium Temple Spa toiletries, and all the comforts one could desire. Each room is equipped with an en-suite bathroom, a flat-screen digital TV, direct-dial telephone, ironing facilities, a hairdryer, and tea and coffee making provisions.

Regrettably, due to the castle's 13th-century construction, installing an elevator has not been feasible. As a result, navigating the property presents challenges for guests with mobility concerns, given the numerous stairs and narrow passageways. With accommodation spread across multiple levels, including two restaurants, accessibility within the hotel can be difficult for those with mobility issues.

Castle Lodge
The bedrooms located within the Castle Lodge boast the same four-star amenities as those found in the main castle. A brief two-minute stroll across Dalhousie Bridge through the castle grounds leads you to Castle Lodge, comprising six generously sized bedrooms and suites. Offering a contemporary take on classic castle living, these lodgings are spacious and lavishly appointed, featuring sleek modern designs that contrast with the authentic medieval style of the castle rooms. Guests can indulge in large walk-in showers, complimentary Wi-Fi, and access to a tranquil private garden.


Bar & Restaurant

Enjoy a unique dining experience in the historic barrel-vaulted Dungeon. The 2 AA Rosette awarded restaurant offers a truly remarkable setting to savour the exquisite blend of traditional Scottish and classical French cuisine crafted by the talented kitchen team. Great pride is taken in sourcing the finest Scottish ingredients from local purveyors, ensuring freshness and seasonality are paramount in every dish. Paired with a thoughtfully curated wine list and unparalleled hospitality, the team strive to provide a dining experience that is both memorable and delightful.

View Sample Restaurant Menu Here

Panoramic views overlooking the castle estate make The Orangery a perfect spot to enjoy delicious food, in good company. The Orangery menu offers a modern mix of Scottish and European cuisine with plenty of family favourites to keep everyone happy.

Sample Menus
Dinner Menu
Lunch Menu

Partaking in Afternoon Tea at Dalhousie Castle promises a truly regal experience. Set aside a moment to break away from the ordinary and delight in the delicious assortment of sandwiches, freshly baked scones, savoury tarts, and delectable pastries, all accompanied by your preferred freshly brewed tea or coffee.



tick Sauna
tick Steam Room
tick Relaxation Area
tick Beauty Treatments
tick Hydrotherapy Pool

At the Aqueous Spa located within Dalhousie Castle Hotel you can enjoy a blend of soothing and revitalizing treatments crafted to refresh both body and spirit. Great pleasure is taken in presenting an extensive array of therapeutic and beauty treatments featuring products from the holistic, vegan spa brand Ytsara.

Access to the hydro pool and spa amenities is currently available by appointment only, with guests assigned specific time slots. To ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment, appointments will be strictly adhered to.

Kindly be advised that individuals under the age of 16 are not permitted to use the spa facilities.

Guests staying in the castle have complimentary access to the spa facilities which include:

Hydro Pool
This multi-massage jet pool incorporates an airbed, neck and specific muscular body massage jets. Designed to relieve aches and pains leaving you feeling energized.

A Roman style dry sweating room with a lower temperature than a common sauna, releasing heat through the benches and floor.

Relaxation Room
Relax and enjoy a new level of well-being with comfortable seating. The relaxation room catches the sun and overlooks spectacular views.

Rain & Fog Shower
Activate your senses with a Tropical Rain shower with lighting effects to induce a feeling of warmth and well-being. The Cold Fog replaces a traditional plunge pool to cool down the body.

Foot Baths
Designed with hot and cold taps to bathe and relax your feet, these Kneipp foot baths have been specially designed with stones and pebbles to massage your feet.

View Sample Beauty Treatment Brochure Here


Location & Directions

Directions to Dalhousie Castle Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh

By car from Edinburgh
Follow the City Bypass– take the Gilmerton/Galashiels exit for A7 – then follow signs for Galashiels until you see the sign for Dalhousie Castle. Dalhousie Castle is on the left after the Cockpen Church and before the bridge.


By car from Glasgow and Edinburgh Airport
Join the Edinburgh bypass at Gogarburn roundabout. Follow bypass until Lasswade slip road, follow signs for Bonnyrigg, and drive straight through Bonnyrigg following the Dalhousie Castle sign, remaining on the main road. At roundabout, follow B704 signed for Gorebridge. Dalhousie Castle is located half a mile out of Bonnyrigg on the right with the entrance on your left.

By train
Nearest Train Station - Newtongrange 5 mintues drive (1.7 miles away) From here trains run into Edinburgh City Centre every 30 minutes with a journey time of 22 mintues. 

By air
14 miles from Edinburgh airport and 45 miles from Glasgow airport.

Things to See and Do
tick Walking
tick Horse Riding
tick Clay Pigeon Shooting
tick Skiing
tick Cycling
tick Fishing
tick Shooting
tick Whisky Tasting
tick Horse Racing
tick Golf in Local Area
tick Archery
tick Climbing

Dalhousie Castle is conveniently situated only 8 miles away from the heart of Scotland's capital, which boasts a vibrant blend of shops, restaurants, historic landmarks, family-friendly attractions, and a lively arts and entertainment culture.

Below is a list of the top things to see and do while staying at Dalhousie Castle Hotel & Spa

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle dominates Scotland’s capital city from its great rock. Its story has helped shape the nation’s story. The Castle is open daily to visitors and is a great day out for all the family.

Glenkinchie Distillery 
Glenkinchie Distillery is closely located to the castle, and is a fantastic day out for anyone keen to learn more about whisky. Your visit includes a full tour and tasting, with a shop on site for purchasing gifts.

Rosslyn Chapel
One of Scotland’s most remarkable buildings which is still used today as a place of worship, Rosslyn Chapel grew in popularity after the publication of Dan Brown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code, in 2003, and the subsequent film.

Royal Yacht Britannia
Voted the UK’s no1 tourist attraction, the Royal Yacht Britannia allows you to experience what is was like on board the queen’s royal residence. Located in Leith with plenty of cafes and shopping.

Arthur's Seat
Arthur’s Seat is located just off the Royal Mile, there is beautiful scenery to enjoy, and if you can climb to the top you’ll get incredible panoramic views over Edinburgh. Make sure to take bread for the ducks!

The Real Mary King’s Close
Nestled beneath the City Chambers on the Royal Mile rests Edinburgh's best-kept secret: a labyrinth of concealed streets where ordinary folk lived, toiled, and perished from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Led by a costumed character tour guide, representing a former inhabitant, you'll delve into the enigmatic tales and secrets shrouding the hidden alleyways of Edinburgh's Old Town.

Royal Botanic Garden
Renowned globally as a hub for plant science and horticulture, this institution houses one of the planet's most extensive arrays of living flora. Be sure to explore their dynamic calendar of events, which offers a wealth of engaging experiences year-round.

National Museum Of Scotland
Ranked among the top 10 visitor destinations in the UK, the National Museum of Scotland hosts a remarkable collection of over 20,000 artifacts, guiding visitors on a captivating voyage through Scotland's rich history. Explore exhibits encompassing nature, art, design, fashion, as well as science and technology.

The Royal Mile
Renowned worldwide, this pathway stretching from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the city's Old Town is an iconic landmark. Stroll along this route to discover some of Edinburgh's most celebrated historic sites, architectural marvels, and premier dining and drinking establishments, immersing yourself in the vibrant ambiance at the core of Scotland's capital city.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse
Situated at the terminus of Edinburgh's storied Royal Mile, His Majesty The King's official residence in Scotland welcomes visitors year-round. Guests have the opportunity to tour the 14 State apartments, wander through the ruins of the 12th-century Holyrood Abbey and gardens, and peruse a variety of exquisite exhibitions from the Royal Collection housed in the Queen's Gallery.

Dynamic Earth
Embark on a journey through both space and time, where you'll witness the monumental event of the first big bang, feel the primal forces of nature that sculpted our planet, and behold Earth in an entirely new light. This immersive experience is as thrilling as it is informative, captivating audiences of all ages.

Midlothian is a true haven for golf enthusiasts, boasting eighteen courses within a twenty-mile radius of Dalhousie Castle. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned player, you'll find an abundance of picturesque settings to enjoy a round or two, surrounded by scenic beauty.

Do you offer accessible rooms?
Regrettably, owing to its construction, Dalhousie Castle does not have an accessible room or easy wheelchair access and, despite our best efforts it is has not been possible to install a lift in the castle. Ground-floor rooms are available at Castle Rocks within the hotel grounds.
Can I charge my electric vehicle at the hotel?
Yes, we have electric vehicle chargers on-site for use by our guests. These are charged at £0.49p per kwh.
How far is Dalhousie Castle from Edinburgh city centre?
Dalhousie Castle is just eight miles from the centre of Edinburgh. The easiest way to get into the city centre is by train. The nearest train station, Newtongrange Station, is just 1.7 miles from the castle, with trains running to city centre (Edinburgh Waverley Station) every 30 minutes, with a 22-minute journey time.
Do you offer a hotel shuttle bus to the airport or train station?
Unfortunately, we aren’t able to offer a shuttle service, however our Reception team will be happy to assist you to find public transport or will call a taxi for you.
Can I bring my pet?
We welcome well behaved pets in our lodge house, Castle Rocks, just a two-minute walk from the castle. Regrettably, pets aren’t allowed in the bedrooms, spa or restaurant areas within the main castle.
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