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15th-century Tower House, 2.5 miles from Edinburgh city centre.

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

2 bedrooms, full of character with breath-taking views of Edinburgh.

Liberton Tower with its breathtaking panoramic views of Edinburgh is situated just 2.5 miles from the city centre. The Tower has been painstakingly restored to a high modern standard whilst still maintaining the historic, rustic feel of a 15th-century castle. It comprises two floors and a cellar.

The Tower is accessed from an outer wooden staircase which occupies the position of the original drawbridge. This leads directly into the Great Hall living/dining room area on the first floor which is furnished in a lavish style with wall hangings and oak furniture. A log fire and under-floor heating create an inviting atmosphere in this spectacular room, with oak beams, refectory table, tapestry wall hangings, rugs on the flagstone floor.

From this room, a descending stone staircase leads to the kitchen which has a vaulted ceiling with an original iron grail. A spacious bathroom (with bath and over-bath shower) is also found on the same level.

Another staircase from the Great Hall leads to the master bedroom with a king-sized four-poster bed.

The twin bedroom has two single beds and a small WC. There is a sink in the room too. From this bedroom a ladder provides access to the stone-parapet with splendid views of Edinburgh as well as Arthur's Seat and the Salisbury Crags.

Please note: Each of the bedrooms are accessed by very steep staircases (one spiral).

More Details

Roderick Berg
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2017

About Roderick Berg

Liberton Tower is owned by Castles of Scotland Preservation Trust. The Trust was established to promote and encourage the protection and preservation of Scotland’s rich architectural heritage and to restore or conserve where possible. Although the Trust operates as a company, it is a charitable organisation registered in Scotland whose directors and secretary give freely of their time and expertise in the running of the Trust. Liberton Tower is the Trust’s first completed project. It has received great acclaim from many sources including the coveted Europa Nostra Award.

Roderick Berg purchased this castle in 1992

Why Roderick Berg chose Edinburgh and Lothians

A unique experience with the City of Edinburgh being in arms-reach

What makes this castle unique

Built in the latter part of the fifteenth century, Liberton is an unique property, and has been hailed as 'the most perfect and unspoilt tower within the precincts of Edinburgh". Liberton contains many features typical of tower houses, including deep walls, slit windows and a listening hole called a 'lairds lug'. At Liberton this is a small hole in the wall between the hall and the North stair.

Liberton was built by the Dalmahoy family in the late fifteenth century and remained in their hands until 1587. A carved panel on the building shows their crest emblems of an arm and a sword. Later Liberton passed into the hands of the Littles, a merchant family and Lords Provost of Edinburgh, who found the tower too inconvenient and consequently abandoned it to erect Liberton House, a short distance away, in the early seventeenth century.

In 1992 the Castles of Scotland Preservation Trust (COSPT) took a 100 year lease of the building and proceeded carefully to conserve, repair and restore the building.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday castle in Edinburgh in Scotland

Property Type:
  • castle
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , There is a toilet off the twin room,with sink in the bedroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , A cot can be provided in request
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Four-poster king-size bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Friends and relations are very welcome to visit during your stay, but additional people are not permitted to stay overnight.


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15th-century Tower House, 2.5 miles from Edinburgh city centre.
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews

Absolutely beautiful

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely time here at Liberton Tower. The interior was stunning, like I'd stepped back in time. The bathroom and kitchen were incredibly well laid out and well stocked with everything you'd need. Short walk to bus station, and easy to get a cab.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Houston, TX

Wonderful experience!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in a castle! What more needs to be said?!? It was really a neat experience and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning location and super experience

  • 5 of 5

What can I add to 'Stunning location and super experience'? A great way to imagine what it might have been like centuries ago, but with today's mod cons quietly available. Ace!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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best holiday at all!!!

  • 5 of 5

amazing place, amazing experience!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
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Land o Lakes, FL USA

Absolutely stunning.

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed in The Liberton Tower during the last week of June 2017. Who hasn't wanted to stay in your own private castle? Yes, the windows are authentic arrow slits - it doesn't cooler than that. But don't annoy your wife, because if she locks you out in the rain, it's a fortress, and you're not getting thru that heavy oak door. Atop a hill, surrounded by fields and next to a charming small farm (no smell, no worries), the views are amazing (you can easily see the Observatory and Edinburgh Castle in the distance). Also quiet if you want seclusion. The Tower is well equipped. Downstairs is a full kitchen with all necessary dishes; and also full bathroom with tub/shower; the main floor is a spacious Great Room for relaxing; and upstairs there are separated rooms - One for the Lord and Lady (in American terms, "a queen sized bed"), and another room for any Squires accompanying (two "single" beds); also another small bathroom upstairs as well. I think my sons (11 and 12 years old) liked staying in The Tower better than anything else - we had to pry them out each morning to make our excursions (and now that we're home, one wants to decorate his room as The Tower). Also, has some family games like Monopoly and DVDs if you need a down-day. The bus stop is about 1/2 mile away down the hill across the fields (nice views). Only comment for anyone like myself who might be porting a few extra pounds, "He who goes down the hill, must eventually go back UP the hill." Also has a washer/dryer (we traveled light, and was great to be able to do laundry). Even the furniture is from the 1600s, it FEELs like you've been ported back in time. Along that note, there is no WiFi. My family isn't heavily dependent on smart devices; but if you're constantly on your tablets, it's something you'll need to plan for. Rod (the castellan of The Tower), also came by and gave us a history lesson about the tower, and many suggestions of alternative sights to see. I cannot say "thank you" enough, to Rod and caretakers of The Tower. You have preserved a beautiful part of Scottish history, and given us a truly wonderful and memorable vacation. Highest Regards.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Vacation Property

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed our time at the Tower Castle. Rod made sure that every detail was as promised. We look forward to making this our home base again as we explore all the sites in the area. We highly recommend this property and hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Miles
Waugh Tavern
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Braid Hills Golf Centre
Nearest Train
2.5 Miles
Edinburgh \Waverley
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Ski
3.2 Miles
Midlothian Snowsports Centre
Nearest Beach
5.25 Miles
Car: recommended

Liberton Tower situated on the southside of the city is the perfect base for exploring the beauties of Edinburgh.

Historic attractions include: Edinburgh Castle, Trinity House Maritime Museum, Linlithgow Palace, Edinburgh New Town, Edinburgh Old Town, Forth Road Bridge, Scottish Parliament, The Discovery Dome, St Giles Cathedral, South Queensferry, The Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen's Gallery. The Edinburgh Pass is a city sightseeing card providing entry to over 30 attractions and ideal for first time visitors to Edinburgh.

Other activities include: numerous art galleries in Edinburgh, golf at St. Andrews and Braid Hills Approach, walking on Blackford Hill, Arthur's Seat, the Pentland Hills and along the Water of Leith.

From Liberton it's easy to explore further afield to East Lothian, West Lothian, The Kingdom of Fife and the Scottish Borders.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday castle in Edinburgh, Scotland

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Summer 2017
31 Jul 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
4 Sep 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2017
30 Oct 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas - New Year 17-18
18 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter > 2018
8 Jan 2018 - 11 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

During the month of August (Edinburgh Festival) and the Christmas and New Year period we usually take full-week bookings only but please contact the owner to discuss. Strictly no smoking allowed in the property. Well behaved dogs and cats are welcome but subject to prior approval. A compliment of logs are supplied. Gas & Electricity are included. The property is not suitable for people with walking difficulties or toddlers and there are low doorways. There is a cot for a baby but guests must bring their own cot bedding. Rental rates subject to change but not after the payment of a deposit. Personal Belongings and baggage are at the Hirers risk at all times. No responsibility can be accepted for the loss of any car or its contents.
Cancellations - must be notified in writing to the owner. Once a confirmed booking has been made the person making the booking is responsible for the total cost. The deposit paid on the booking will be automatically forfeited if written notice of the cancellation is received by the owner fewer than 8 weeks before the start of the holiday date. The Hirer is responsible for the property and is expected to take reasonable care of it. All equipment, fixtures and fittings must be left clean and tidy at the end of the hire period. The owner reserves the right to reclaim any costs accrued should the property be left in an unsatisfactory condition. All breakages and damage must be notified immediately and are the Hirers responsibility. The right of entry to the property at all reasonable times is reserved by the owner with or without workmen to inspect or carry out any repairs that may be necessary provided prior notice has been given.
Check-in is from 4pm onwards and check-out by 10am unless otherwise agreed beforehand with the owner and the owner reserves the right to levy additional charges if the property is not vacated by 10am on the day of departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.