History in
the making

Craighouse occupies a historic and much-loved setting within Edinburgh. It has been part of our city’s fabric for over 400 years.


The location
Local area

A historic home

The oldest building on the site is Old Craig. This 16th century house has been home to a number of distinguished figures over the years, including one of Edinburgh’s wealthiest families, the Dicks of the Hermitage of Braid. In 1861 it was bought by the historian, Dr John Hill Burton, who used the house to contain his library of 10,000 books.

A Renaissance masterpiece

In 1889, the renowned Scottish architect Sydney Mitchell designed a further collection of buildings at Craighouse. The most famous of these is New Craig, with its iconic tower rising above the trees.

The 19th century buildings are masterpieces of the flamboyant French Renaissance style. Every surface is embellished with rich architectural details to delight and impress the eye.

The Great Hall

The centrepiece of New Craig is the Great Hall. Built in the Baronial style, it features ornate oak panelling and classical pilasters soaring to a gilded cornice under an elaborate plastered ceiling.

This spectacular hall will be preserved as a social space for the exclusive use of New Craig residents.

Old and new

Now Craighouse is entering a new chapter.

The historic buildings are being converted into spectacular contemporary homes. Their beautiful architecture and unique landscaped setting will be preserved, enhanced and enjoyed.

Craighouse will also feature a collection of new build townhouses and apartments. These buildings have been sensitively designed to respect and make the most of their historic and natural setting.