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Dundas Castle


Dundas Castle located on the outskirts of Edinburgh, has to be one of Scotland’s most beautiful and historic castles. The castle is now available for exclusive use and is ranked as one of the top 5 Star Exclusive Use venues in Britain.  

Unlike a ordinary hotel, the Dundas Castle is booked in its entirety giving you the chance to experience the life of a Laird. Whether you are planning to live like a king for a few days, wanting to arrange your own miniature Highland Games in the grounds or a corporate / incentive travel group stay, we are able to arrange your stay at Dundas Castle including some totally unique experiences. 

More amazingly within the walls of 18th century castle is a medieval keep, one of the best preserved Keeps in Scotland. The Keep itself offers something quite out of the ordinary for the visitor and makes the perfect venue for a private banquet. 

Incentive Travel and Corporate Travel: Reward your high-flyers with a stay at one of Scotland's most magnificent exclusive use castles. We can arrange an array of first-class exclusive experiences to take place both at Dundas and in and around Scotland. 


Overview of Dundas Castle

With the amenities of the finest hotels but the exclusivity of your own Castle, the seventeen individually styled bedrooms at Dundas Castle provide the ultimate in relaxation.

The rooms are located within the main house which dates back to the 18th Century, there are also additional room in the courtyard cottage. There is a range of double and twin rooms to choose from.  Each room has been individually styled by Lady Lydia, whose house it is, and include The White Company linens, Penhaligon’s toiletries, complimentary whisky and all have wifi. There is nothing more enticing than knowing that at the end of wonderful day exploring Edinburgh or the surrounding area that you’re going to spend the night in complete luxury back at your own castle.  

(Located just on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Dundas Castle provides the ultimate base from which to explore Scotland's capital city and a strategic staging point from which to launch your forays into the incredible Scottish Highlands. Start planning your Scottish Incentive trip today). 

Brief History

It was only when Sir Jack inherited Dundas Castle on the death of his mother, in 1995, that serious restoration of both the ‘Auld Keep’ and the Castle began. The Keep had not been inhabited for over three hundred years. The parapet had to be taken down and restored and much stone work restoration took place. Electricity, banqueting and toilet facilities were installed. Dry rot had taken a serious grip in the main Castle and many rooms had to be stripped to eliminate this. Once the work had been carried out, Sir Jack’s wife Lydia, who is a talented interior decorator, started on a complete refurbishment of the house. There was no compromise in the quality of work undertaken. Original silks were replaced in the library. The living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms were all attended to. The original baths were retained wherever possible but the comfiest of beds were installed along with all the facilities that modern guests require.

(We can arrange your own private banquet in the Stag's Chamber - within the 'Auld Keep')

Ancient History

From the 12th Century onwards the Dundas Clan came to live and to acquire increasingly large tracts of land along the southern shores of the River Forth. By the Fifteenth Century the greater part of Linlithgowshire, now equivalent to West Lothian and the western part of Edinburgh was owned or controlled by Dundas of that Ilk.

Members of the Dundas family have been famous throughout Scottish history. Hugh Dundas served under William Wallace in the defence of his country. His son, George, fought alongside Robert the Bruce at the battle of Bannockburn but was slain at the subsequent battle of Dupplin.

In 1416 James Dundas obtained a licence to build a Keep from the Duke of Albany, who was then the effective ruler of Scotland.  He was the younger brother of a weak King Robert the Third.  Albany became infamous in Scottish history by seizing, locking up and starving to death the King’s eldest son David, Duke of Rothesay.

Later History

Henry Dundas built the ‘modern’ castle in 1818. It replaced an earlier 17th Century building, which was pulled down. William Burn, one of Scotland’s greatest architects, designed the magnificent house.

He was famous for also building churches and this influence can be seen in the main hall, passageway and staircase. The main state rooms, in contrast to later and uglier Victorian buildings in Scotland, have wonderful proportions and the genius of Burn provided for the huge dimensions of the windows. These give an unparalleled outlook onto the spreading lawns and parkland outside.

Sadly for the Dundas family, the building and the extensive gardens had cost so much to construct that the estate had to be sold in 1846. Mr Russell, a gentleman who had a liking for rearing and betting on horses was the purchaser.

(Ralax on a dark evening by the roaring fireplace and sample a 'wee dram' of whisky). 

(One of the many areas within the castle to enjoy relaxing with friends and family.)

Events and Corporate Incentive Trips

Reward your high-flyers with a stay at one of Scotland's most magnificent exclusive use castles. 

Whether you are rewarding your sales executives, celebrating a new partnership or acquisition, or simply entertaining your valued clients or colleagues, Dundas Castle is a venue for you to impress the most well-travelled guests. From the opulence of the surroundings to the award winning menus this will be an event that your clients and colleagues will never forget.

With a wealth of experience and an exceptional reputation the castle has attracts events from royalty to international incentive achievers to those simply looking for the finest experience for their celebration.

The candle-lit Stag Chamber provides an authentic medieval experience, our Georgian Croquet Room in the main house is perfect for an intimate executive dinner and the Pavilion is ideal for your contemporary vibrant gala event. Call on our attentive team to adapt to your chosen style or theme.

Speak to us today about how to make the most of your event at Dundas, your own castle.  Choose whether you would like to add some outdoor activity options or indoor entertainment elements to make your celebration even more memorable. 

With 17 bedrooms within the Castle we can arrange for your companies top performers to have one of the most memorable incentive trips ever. It is not only the magnificent setting and unparalleled 5-Star service at Dundas Castle that will make your event spectacular. 

(Why not have your corporate incentive travel group experience a true Scottish castle).