Historic Scotland
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Opening times

1 April to 30 September:
Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30pm

1 October to 31 March:
Daily except Thursday and Friday, 10am to 4pm

Facilities

 

Overview

Explore the castle where Mary Queen of Scots and her new husband Lord Darnley stayed during the Chaseabout Raid – when they saw off a rebellion – and uncover some dramatic episodes in Scotland’s story.

What to see and do

  • Get to grips with the castle’s odd layout – its two closely placed tower houses form an unusual arrangement
  • Look for the delicately painted ceiling dating from about 1540 and painted plasterwork of a similar date
  • Seek out the secret hiding place used for Ruthven treasures – a cupboard within a cupboard, hidden behind a stone
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