On our 5th day in Scotland, we had breakfast at our hotel in Oban, then headed for Edinburgh. Kevin told me we were staying in a castle, but I had no idea what to expect! This was our view as we were pulling up the drive.
Welcome to Fa’side Castle!
We stayed in The Tower of this 14th century castle, and we had all three floors of the tower all to ourselves. It was very quiet and secluded and like staying in our own private castle!!
This was the grand door leading to our tower.
Come take a peek inside our private castle! :)
Look how tiny all the doors were!! While the rooms and ceilings were huge and tall, all the doors to our rooms were tiny and reminded me of hidden, secret passageways.
When you enter, you first pass the glass walkway which looks into the old dungeon. You then make your way up the narrow, spiral stone staircase to the first room. These historic stone stairs are the only original steps in the entire castle.
This is the Great Hall, and was ours to use as our own private “sitting room” for our stay.
The ceiling is painted with the history of the castle.
Bright, natural light poured in from the deep window nooks built into the thick castle walls
Loved this antique spindle!
Here’s another view of the Great Hall.
This is the original 14th century fireplace complete with a working log-burning stove. Perfect for chilly evenings.
Behind the tartan curtain is the original stone toilet where the old masters of the castle could listen to their prisoners down in the dungeon.
I could sit here and read all day!
This is the “jail”, another hidden nook in these deep castle walls!
Entertain your guests with a song by the fire? :)
Loved looking out over the estate through all the windows.
Here was another tiny, secret door…
This hidden door opened up to a whole new room! This was the office of the current owner’s son-in-law. He wasn’t there, so I sneaked in and took this photo for you! ;)
After thoroughly exploring our great hall, we made our way up the steep stone staircase again…
And on to our next floor!
This was our bedroom, and very comfy accommodations for the night.
An armoire in the window nook, for hanging clothes.
Our giant, 7-foot “Emperor” bed.
The dining room.
Our window seat, for star-gazing.
The fully stocked kitchen, where we had breakfast the next morning.
The gorgeous desk.
Gorgeous full-length mirror!
And our ensuite bathroom with claw foot tub.
How beautiful is this door??
We still had more exploring to do in our private castle. :)
Next we made our way up the staircase one more time to our private roof top deck with panoramic views of Edinburgh, Musselburgh, and the North Sea.
We could see Edinburgh and Arthur’s Seat…
The colorful town of Musselburgh and the North Sea…
And the Firth of Forth.
After taking in the scenery, fresh air, and cool breeze on the roof, we made our way back down to settle in to our castle.
And finally? This was the key to our castle. Could it seriously get more romantic?? :)
More to come! In the next (and final) Scotland post, we explore Edinburgh, then take a castle drive down the coast to Newcastle where we catch the train to London! Stay tuned!! :)
Follow along on our Scotland, London, and Paris Vacation!
Scotland Day 1 & 2 — Inverness, Loch Ness, Skye, and Talisker Bay
Scotland Day 3 — Skye, Fairy Pools, The Highlands, and Oban
Scotland Day 4 — Islands of Scotland: Mull, Iona, and the Cave of Melodies
Scotland Day 5 — Fa’side Castle, Edinburgh
Scotland Day 6 – Edinburgh & Castle Driving the Coast of Scotland
Everything I Ate In Scotland
London Day 1: Notting Hill, Seven Dials, and The London Eye
London Day 2: Tower of London, Borough Market, and Big Ben
London Day 3: Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Fortnum and Mason
London Day 4: Bakery Hopping, Harrods Food Hall, and the London Tower Bridge
London Day 4: Sunset at The View from The Shard
Where We Stayed In London: Hotel Indigo Tower Hill
Everything I Ate In London
Paris Day 1: Sunrise and Sunset at the Eiffel Tower