Kirkliston Castle

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Sleeps: 18 Bedrooms: 9 Bathrooms: 9

Overview

Wedding Venue Chateaux & Castles Country Estate
Wow Factor
Quirky Modern
Heritage Collection
Ideal for Kids All Bedrooms En-Suite Ideal for Parties

The magnificent Kirkliston Castle enjoys a fabulous position, just outside of Edinburgh. The Castle sits in 32 acres of stunning manicured parkland. It offers contemporary heritage, exquisite interior design, a fantastic art collection, sleeping spaces to die for and sensational entertainment spaces, all in lavish abundance. You will feel the tingle of history as you walk around this grand and inviting abode, the perfect place to bring the generations together, for a corporate event or for a spectacular celebration with your favourite friends. It is an exclusive use venue for many private celebrations, weddings and other events and has been voted as one of the top three venues in Europe at The International Hotel Awards and one of the Eight Best Wedding Venues Around The World by Grazia Magazine.

Kirkliston Castle was built in 1852 for Thomas Hutchison, an Edinburgh wine merchant and Provost of Leith and designed by David Rhind, a celebrated Scottish architect. Thomas Hutchison and his descendents lived at the Castle for the next one hundred and thirty years.
Thomas’s granddaughter Isobel Wylie Hutchison was a successful Arctic explorer and botanist. Defying convention, she travelled alone on expeditions that few would attempt, even today, collecting plants for the Royal Botanic Gardens and Kew. She was an accomplished artist, poet and travel writer, regularly submitting to newspapers and journals including the National Geographic. After World War 2, Isobel’s writing helped finance repairs to the castle which had been badly damaged acting as a wartime RAF base. Isobel’s legacy can be seen across the whole Estate. She planted many plants in the grounds, including rare species that she brought back from her travels. Between expeditions and in later life Isobel worked tirelessly in the Victorian glasshouses and carefully preserved the layout of the formal gardens which still exist today. Following Isobel’s death in 1982, Wilson and Katie Marshall acquired the castle and later sold it to their son Andrew. This marked the beginning of this new chapter.

The Castle’s events including weddings with up to two hundred and seventy five dining or four hundred and fifty or an evening reception. There are fabulous rooms including the serene Orangery and a bespoke marquee with a marble-topped bar and crystal chandeliers. There is a sensational marble room, a piano room and a bar. Every room is opulent, seriously grand and sprinkled with lavish furnishings and incredible art from over twenty five countries. This is an oasis of gracious and glorious living which will leave you with incredible memories.

There are nine bespoke bedrooms in the castle, each individually designed and decorated with original works by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists. The cloud-like, handmade beds offer the sleep of kings, the cabinetry comes from Atelier 1852 and the ensuite bathrooms come with handmade roll top baths, marble tiles, underfloor heating and walk-in showers. The duvets and pillows are filled with Hungarian goose down. Every room enjoys breathtaking views across the 32 acres of castle grounds.

In addition to the main castle, there are five additional rooms at Kirkliston Gate Lodge and also seven extra, newly renovated rooms at The Stables. If you are interested in this extra accommodation, please enquire. The Castle’s Private Suite is named The Isobel and offers two double guest rooms and two bathrooms as well as magnificent living space. It enjoys astonishingly beautiful views of the walled garden.

Guests of Kirkliston Castle enjoy thirty-two acres of manicured parkland to explore and relax in. Those who enjoy a dose of healthy competition will love the on-site tennis court, excellent fun for guests of all ages! The outdoor dining area is fantastic for those who want to dine while soaking in the glorious garden views or simply enjoy a drink alfresco while the Castle’s very own chefs arrange a delicious feast. 

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* The main castle can comfortably accommodate up to 18 guests across 9 well-appointed bedrooms. For those in larger groups, the beautiful Gate Lodge boasts a further 5 bedrooms, sleeping a total of 26 guests. Should you require the additional space, please enquire with our concierge team for accurate pricing.

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What you should know…

  • As well as the nine bedroom suites in the main castle, there is additional accommodation in The Gate House and The Stables. If you are interested in extra rooms, please enquire for pricing
  • Please see our Events tab for more details on weddings and other events
  • Please let us know if you have any special requirements or requests re catering etc

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ All Bedrooms En-Suite Tennis Court Ground Floor Bed & Bath Heating

Ground Floor
- Marble Lounge
- Bar
- Piano Room
- Orangery
- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
- Two-double bedroom suite with en-suite bathroom

First Floor
- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom

Second Floor
- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom

Exterior Grounds
- Private grounds of 32 acres
- Dining facilities
- Barbecue
- Private tennis court

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi
- Plenty of parking

* The main castle can comfortably accommodate up to 18 guests across 9 well-appointed bedrooms. For those in larger groups, the beautiful Gate Lodge boasts a further 5 bedrooms, sleeping a total of 26 guests. Should you require the additional space, please enquire with our concierge team for accurate pricing.

Location

About the surrounding area of Kirkliston Castle
<1hr to Airport Walking/Hiking Paths Tennis Nearby Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Kirkliston Castle holds a wonderful location just 20 minutes from Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, while Glasgow is just an hour away. The airport is just 10 minutes away, making it an excellent venue choice for those travelling in from far and wide, the short transfer time makes it perfect for those travelling with children.  There are plenty of attractions to visit in the surrounding area, a few suggestions and the travel time from Kirkliston are below:

Edinburgh Castle (20 minutes)
Stirling Castle (34 minutes)
Palace of Holyrood House (36 minutes)
Rosslyn Chapel (25 minutes)
The Scotch Whisky Experience, by Edinburgh Castle (20 minutes)
Glenkinchie Distillery (20 minutes)
Edinburgh Gin Distillery (25 minutes)
St Andrews Golf Course (1 hour, 11 minutes)
Muirfield Golf Castle (50 minutes)

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Edinburgh Airport

(8km)

Nearest Town/City Edinburgh

(14km)

Nearest Village Kirkliston

(1.6km)

Nearest Train Station Edinburgh

(14km)

Nearest Restaurant Kirkliston

(1.6km)

Nearest Supermarket Kirkliston

(1.6km)

Nearest Golf Turnhouse Golf Course

(8km)

Region

Luxury self-catering holiday accommodation in Edinburgh

Edinburgh, a stunning, mesmerising city surrounding by rugged hills and a serene coastline, is a breathing scrapbook of Scottish heritage, weaving together cobblestone streets, medieval charm, ancient monuments, fine dining experiences and a modern buzz that will make your kilt sway.

Edinburgh Castle, perched dramatically on the top of Castle Rock, is the crown jewel of the city. Inside, you will find the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny, giving history buffs heart palpitations. The Royal Mile, a historic street stretching from the castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, is sprinkled with traditional shops, lively pubs, street performers, bagpipes and the magnificent St Giles' Cathedral. The cathedral’s Gothic architecture is so stunning it will make your Instagram followers jealous. At the end of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland.

The city boasts a good selection of museums including a Writers' Museum, a literary haven in Lady Stair's Close. Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson would probably high-five you if they could. The National Museum of Scotland is like a treasure chest, from prehistoric bling to modern marvels. Art lovers should not miss the Scottish National Gallery, featuring works by the big shots, Titian, Rembrandt and Turner.

Edinburgh's festivals are the stuff of legends. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August is the Godzilla of arts festivals with thousands of performances, artists and spectators from every corner of the globe. The city becomes a canvas for creativity and you will find yourself applauding everything from bagpipe solos and comedy to avant-garde puppetry. Also in August, the Edinburgh International Book Festival turns the city into a literary playground, with authors from every nook and cranny sharing their literary gems. New Year is Edinburgh is simply wondrous with lights, parties, fireworks and laughter spectacularly adding to the exciting ambience.

Holyrood Park offers a green wonderland surrounding Arthur's Seat. Hiking up is like embarking on a quest. It is challenging but the views from the summit are simply breathtaking. It is a perfect spot for a picnic or just gazing at the city, the coastline and those distant hills.

Edinburgh's dining scene is a gastronomic adventure, blending traditional Scottish fare with Michelin star eateries and cosy cafes. From charming pubs serving hearty haggis to elegant restaurants dishing out contemporary cuisine, the city caters to every palate. You will explore diverse culinary landscapes, featuring fresh seafood, locally sourced produce and a vibrant array of whisky bars. Cheers to Edinburgh's culinary delight!

If all this is not enough to make your heart do the Highland Fling, staying in one of Oliver’s Travels’ dreamy, luxurious apartments or houses scattered across the city will add to the magic. Edinburgh is a city that dances between history and modern vibes. With its iconic landmarks, cultural fiestas, lush parks and panoramic charm, it is a fabulous destination that you will want to return to.

Ah, bonnie Scotland! A wild and beautiful part of the world, where you can explore the rugged highlands or enjoy the colour and vibrancy of cultural capitals like Edinburgh and Glasgow.

But how do you know you’re getting the very best out of your trip? That’s where we come in. If you’ve had a browse through our range of luxury cottages and castles in Scotland, you’ll know there’s some great places to stay, but to find all the great things to do, see and eat you’ll need our handy Scotland travel guide  – so read on and enjoy! 

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens Ideal for Xmas/NY

Kirkliston Castle is ideal for those travelling with children, its location just 10 minutes from Edinburgh Airport makes for a short transfer time with tired little ones. The children are bound to love exploring the large gardens and playing tennis on the private court. Cot(s) and highchair(s) are provided at the property for no additional charge.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • <1hr to Airport
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Tennis Court

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • On-Site Concierge

At Oliver’s Travels, we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to travel services, we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team, who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Event information

Kirkliston Castle is an incredible exclusive-use wedding venue, voted ‘One of the Best Eight Wedding Venues around the World’ by Grazia Magazine and ‘One of the Top Three Venues in Europe’ at The International Hotel Awards. It has received many outstanding accolades, and it is easy to see why. Kirkliston Castle is bursting with history, charm and luxury. Your dream day can be staged outdoors in the castle’s 32 acres of grounds, in the stunning walled garden complete with fountains, vibrant colour and with the castle as a backdrop, in The Orangery or the venue’s bespoke marquee complete with marble topped bar and crystal chandeliers. Exclusive use includes the nine sumptuous castle bedrooms, full Scottish breakfast for resident guests and use of The Orangery, The Piano Room, the Marble Room and Library Bar. The smaller entertainment spaces include a Champagne Bar and a bar with malts, gins, spirits, beers and their very own Cremant from the Loire Valley. They have been used for Champagne towers, whisky bars and DJ’s. With a highly professional team, Kirkliston Castle promises the perfect ingredients for a magical day!

Indoor Capacity - 250

Outdoor Capacity - 250

Wedding Ceremony
A ceremony could either take place in the light and serene Orangery, the venue’s bespoke marquee or in the beautiful walled garden on the castle grounds. The property is fully licensed to host legal marriages.

Wedding Reception
Your reception can take place in the stunning marquee or in The Orangery. There are additional rooms in the house, including The Piano Room, The Marble Room and the Library Bar.

Additional Fees for Events
Pricing is created on request, please enquire for details. There will be charges for the day before and after the wedding. 

Restrictions on Decorations and Themes
There are some decoration restrictions, please enquire for details.

Wedding Planning
The venue has on-site event coordinators who can help with wedding guidance and help on the day. The client may provide their own wedding planner for more in-depth planning help. The venue can suggest suppliers for all event needs.

Catering
All catering is provided by the in-house chefs.

Wedding Packages
Day before and after events permitted at an extra cost. The venue provides furniture, extra cleaning, a bespoke marquee and outdoor bars. Every wedding is different, so a package will be put together depending on requirements. 

Where To Stay
There are nine bedrooms in the castle, which will be included in the wedding package. Additionally there are two bedrooms in the castle’s private suite, five bedrooms in the gate lodge and seven rooms in the stables which may be available. Please enquire. There is accommodiation available within a 5 mile radius of the castle. The owners can supply details of local transportation firms.

Venue Accessibility 
There is limited accessibility via public transportation, guests may need share rides or use taxis. There is complimentary parking on-site. There is partial wheelchair accessibility with ramps; please enquire for details.

Venue Back-Up
Indoor space is available for backup.

Wedding Suppliers
The venue has a range of suppliers for clients to use, but clients are also able to use their own suppliers.

Flexibility on Duration
Yes, please enquire for information.

Children
Children are welcome, but there are no childcare services available.

Security Measures
The venue uses surveillance cameras to monitor the premises.

Noise Restrictions 
No major noise restrictions; parties can extend late into the night.

Other Information
The venue also hosts other events, please enquire for details.

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £1200 paid directly to the owners 2 weeks prior to arrival and is refunded following the damage inspection.
Arrival time 3pm
Departure time 10am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Yes, included in rental price
Internet access? Yes
Pets welcome? Sorry, no pets
Changeover day Flexible
Other Ts and Cs Cot(s) and highchair(s) are available at the property for no additional charge
Other 2 The rates are inclusive of a Full Scottish Breakfast, all other catering is not included and will be charged for locally

* The main castle can comfortably accommodate up to 18 guests across 9 well-appointed bedrooms. For those in larger groups, the beautiful Gate Lodge boasts a further 5 bedrooms, sleeping a total of 26 guests. Should you require the additional space, please enquire with our concierge team for accurate pricing.

Rental Rates

Please note: All rates below are subject to 20% UK VAT

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 23rd 2024 - Sep 29th 2024 £23,625 £32,122 £40,619 £49,116 £58,372
Sep 29th 2024 - Dec 16th 2024 £18,030 £24,385 £30,741 £37,096 £44,833
Dec 16th 2024 - Jan 3rd 2025 - - - - £58,372
Jan 3rd 2025 - Apr 25th 2025 £18,030 £24,385 £30,741 £37,096 £44,833
Apr 25th 2025 - Sep 28th 2025 £23,625 £32,122 £40,619 £49,116 £58,372
Sep 28th 2025 - Dec 15th 2025 £18,030 £24,385 £30,741 £37,096 £44,833
Dec 15th 2025 - Jan 24th 2026 - - - - £58,372

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 23rd 2024 - Sep 29th 2024 €28,104 €38,211 €48,319 €58,426 €69,438
Sep 29th 2024 - Dec 16th 2024 €21,448 €29,008 €36,568 €44,128 €53,331
Dec 16th 2024 - Jan 3rd 2025 - - - - €69,438
Jan 3rd 2025 - Apr 25th 2025 €21,448 €29,008 €36,568 €44,128 €53,331
Apr 25th 2025 - Sep 28th 2025 €28,104 €38,211 €48,319 €58,426 €69,438
Sep 28th 2025 - Dec 15th 2025 €21,448 €29,008 €36,568 €44,128 €53,331
Dec 15th 2025 - Jan 24th 2026 - - - - €69,438

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 23rd 2024 - Sep 29th 2024 $30,504 $41,474 $52,444 $63,415 $75,366
Sep 29th 2024 - Dec 16th 2024 $23,279 $31,485 $39,690 $47,896 $57,885
Dec 16th 2024 - Jan 3rd 2025 - - - - $75,366
Jan 3rd 2025 - Apr 25th 2025 $23,279 $31,485 $39,690 $47,896 $57,885
Apr 25th 2025 - Sep 28th 2025 $30,504 $41,474 $52,444 $63,415 $75,366
Sep 28th 2025 - Dec 15th 2025 $23,279 $31,485 $39,690 $47,896 $57,885
Dec 15th 2025 - Jan 24th 2026 - - - - $75,366

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

Kirkliston Castle is an incredible exclusive-use wedding venue, voted ‘One of the Best Eight Wedding Venues around the World’ by Grazia Magazine and ‘One of the Top Three Venues in Europe’ at The International Hotel Awards. It has received many outstanding accolades, and it is easy to see why. Kirkliston Castle is bursting with history, charm and luxury. Your dream day can be staged outdoors in the castle’s 32 acres of grounds, in the stunning walled garden complete with fountains, vibrant colour and with the castle as a backdrop, in The Orangery or the venue’s bespoke marquee complete with marble topped bar and crystal chandeliers. Exclusive use includes the nine sumptuous castle bedrooms, full Scottish breakfast for resident guests and use of The Orangery, The Piano Room, the Marble Room and Library Bar. The smaller entertainment spaces include a Champagne Bar and a bar with malts, gins, spirits, beers and their very own Cremant from the Loire Valley. They have been used for Champagne towers, whisky bars and DJ’s. With a highly professional team, Kirkliston Castle promises the perfect ingredients for a magical day!

Indoor Capacity - 250

Outdoor Capacity
- 250

Wedding Ceremony
A ceremony could either take place in the light and serene Orangery, the venue’s bespoke marquee or in the beautiful walled garden on the castle grounds. The property is fully licensed to host legal marriages.

Wedding Reception
Your reception can take place in the stunning marquee or in The Orangery. There are additional rooms in the house, including The Piano Room, The Marble Room and the Library Bar.

Additional Fees for Events
Pricing is created on request, please enquire for details. There will be charges for the day before and after the wedding. 

Restrictions on Decorations and Themes
There are some decoration restrictions, please enquire for details.

Wedding Planning
The venue has on-site event coordinators who can help with wedding guidance and help on the day. The client may provide their own wedding planner for more in-depth planning help. The venue can suggest suppliers for all event needs.

Catering
All catering is provided by the in-house chefs.

Wedding Packages

Day before and after events permitted at an extra cost. The venue provides furniture, extra cleaning, a bespoke marquee and outdoor bars. Every wedding is different, so a package will be put together depending on requirements. 

Where To Stay
There are nine bedrooms in the castle, which will be included in the wedding package. Additionally there are two bedrooms in the castle’s private suite, five bedrooms in the gate lodge and seven rooms in the stables which may be available. Please enquire. There is accommodiation available within a 5 mile radius of the castle. The owners can supply details of local transportation firms.

Venue Accessibility 
There is limited accessibility via public transportation, guests may need share rides or use taxis. There is complimentary parking on-site. There is partial wheelchair accessibility with ramps; please enquire for details.

Venue Back-Up
Indoor space is available for backup.

Wedding Suppliers
The venue has a range of suppliers for clients to use, but clients are also able to use their own suppliers.

Flexibility on Duration
Yes, please enquire for information.

Children
Children are welcome, but there are no childcare services available.

Security Measures
The venue uses surveillance cameras to monitor the premises.

Noise Restrictions 
No major noise restrictions; parties can extend late into the night.

Other Information
The venue also hosts other events, please enquire for details.

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

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Reviews

  • We would recommend

    on 02/07/2022

    Great experience. Location, staff, food - all fantastic. We were very well catered for. Would thoroughly recommend for any family event.

  • A fairytale!

    on 30/04/2022

    Attended our friends wedding in this gorgeous venue. An absolute dream fairytale place. Staff all lovely and nothing was a bother.

  • Simply stunning !

    Created on 25/07/2018

    We recently attended a wedding at this stunning venue and it truly is a hidden Gem , from the well maintained gardens to the spotless interior , the day was perfect from start to finish ! Even if you weren't a fan of the decor ( I'm old school & like a castle to look like a traditional castle ) you will be blown away by the attention to detail and cannot help but appreciate the work that has gone into making this place unique !! I would recommend the Castle to anyone as everything from the food , service and location are perfect ! I'm kicking myself for not knowing about this hidden Gem until recently

  • Luxurious wedding venue

    Created on 23/07/2018

    We attended the wedding reception of a relative here. The grounds are spectacular and the castle is beautiful and tastefully decorated with modern art. The food was wonderful. We saw a couple of the suites which were amazing, but did not stay ourselves. The wedding we attended had about 80 guests and the orangerie already felt pretty full for dining. It would be very tight over 100. Every now and again it was all too obvious that the castle is close to the end of Edinburgh Airport runway.

  • AMAZING VENUE

    Created on 16/07/2018

    I cannot say enough about this magical place. We were invited to a wedding and the whole place was unbelievable. The setting,the staff, the food, we only stayed one night I wish it could have been longer. We were well looked after, nothing was too much trouble and all the staff were very professional. What can I say about our room. It was on the ground floor at the back with a lovely view of the gardens. It was gorgeous , the bathroom was black and white and the carpet in the bedroom was so thick I just wanted to stand on it all the time. No expense has been spared and it shows. Thank you very much for a lovely stay.

  • A breathtaking unique private events venue

    on 13/07/2018

    Arguably the best in the world in one of the world’s most beautiful cities

  • Exceptional Location; Exceptional Service; Exceptional Experience

    Created on 10/07/2018

    We cannot speak too highly of our experience at the Castle. The venue, staff, catering, and attention to detail throughout our daughter's wedding were exceptional. The rooms are luxurious and the grounds meticulously maintained. The staff, particularly Ailsa Gorrie, could not have done enough to make this such a special day. We would wholeheartedly recommend the castle as a wedding venue.

  • Absolutely Outstanding

    Created on 28/05/2018

    What a venue, absolutely stunning. The location, the castle, the food, the grounds all amazing.

  • One of Scotland’s finest venues

    on 13/04/2018

  • This place is insane

    Created on 27/03/2018

    The castle, staff, drinks and food are absolutely amazing. Jen the person who looked after us on our stay top notch! We had our wedding here and it met all our expectations including the guests. Went above and beyond and we are fussy !!

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