20th May 2021

You’ll never be stuck for hearty food in Scotland. Thanks to our unique climate and terrain, Scotland is home to some of the finest produce available to eat anywhere in the world. From the rugged mountains, lakes, sea lochs and fertile moorlands our home-reared meat, fish and dairy products are not only intrinsically linked to the landscapes, but also to Scotland’s heritage and folklore. Sure, Irn-Bru and deep-fried Mars bars also have a place in Scotland’s food scene but for…

1st February 2021

There is no mistaking Valentine’s Day feels a little different for all of us this year. Valentine’s shopping is even more tricky with the addition of the lockdown and the closure of non-essential shops. So we’ve compiled some of our favourite ideas for that all-important romantic gift  we would be (really) happy to receive. Each of our gifts and experiences are unique, memorable and delivered in a beautifully romantic, historical setting. Be it an indulgent spa treat they can enjoy…

7th December 2020

Give me a man after midnight… The Scots love a Hogmanay party. While, sadly, this year’s celebrations will be a somewhat pared down version across the nation, there are some traditions that won’t be dropped. At Dalhousie Castle, and in many homes across Scotland, we’ll be honouring the tradition of First Footing as the new year begins. Stemming back to the time of the invading Vikings in the 8th and 9th century, it is believed that the first person to…

25th September 2020

Dalhousie Castle sits off the beaten track surrounded by acres of woodland, and is just eight miles from Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh. This means you can go from relaxed country living, to bustling city life in just one quick journey. It makes the castle the perfect location for a staycation if you’re looking for a mix of relaxing and luxury, as well as sightseeing. If you’re planning a trip, let us inspire your staycation planning with our top staycation itinerary,…

4th August 2020

Walk around the castle and you’ll find the remains of the deep, dry moat and holes where the beams for the drawbridge mechanism were positioned above the main door. Look closely and you’ll see the machicolations used by the castle guards to drop nasty things on invaders below. Then there’s the initials of Sir George Ramsay on the wall of the keep that the eagle-eyed may spot (he was granted a royal charter in 1618 by King James).  There’s certainly…

21st April 2020

The Edinburgh Edit: Recommended Reading List We’re all looking for a little escapism right now so if you’re in need of some fuel to fire your wanderlust, have a browse through our pick of Edinburgh-inspired reads while you plan your next trip to Bonny Scotland.    Fiction The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark The wry and witty tale of Edinburgh teacher Miss Brodie’s prime and fall is an unmissable read- short and bittersweet. Set in 1930’s Scotland,…

4th March 2018

Fast forward 800 odd years and today’s Dalhousie Castle is an altogether more welcoming place than it was ever intended to be. Sure, the tell-tale signs of a sometimes-grisly past are still there to be seen in the barrel-vaulted dungeon but nowadays our guests can make their own rules. And to give you a head start on how you might spend your time with us we’ve put together a quick A to Z of what’s on offer at Dalhousie. A…

31st January 2017

Mid Lothian’s Dalhousie Castle Hotel has scooped the titles for Best Castle Hotel and Best Fine Dining Restaurant Hotel in the 2017 Scottish Hotel Awards Regional Finals. Now in their 14th year Scotland’s prestigious awards scheme celebrates excellence in hospitality and identifies businesses who consistently provide outstanding service to their guests. Through a thorough annual assessment process in which participating hotels are visited twice, the scheme highlights businesses who not only possess a confidence in their offering, but also a…