The Museum is situated in Edinburgh Castle Click for Map. It is independent and we do not receive any part of the admission charge to the Castle. Admission is free and all visitors are welcome.
It is only
20 minutes walk from Edinburgh Bus Station, 15 minutes walk from Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station or Princes Street and only 5 minutes walk from major tourist attractions on the Royal Mile such as the Camera Obscura or the Scottish Whisky Experience. To find out more about our Museum and Regimental Heritage, including a virtual Tour of it, click on Museum on the side bar on the left side of this page.
Their is no parking for private cars within or or in the immediate surrounding area of the Castle. Taxis are, however, allowed to drop off and, if pre-booked, collect passengers from the bottom of the Esplanade.
The nearest parking for private cars, both meters and multi-storey, is Castle Terrace (EH1 2ES) from there it is a ten minute walk up Johnston Terrace to the Castle.
For information on visiting Edinburgh Castle, entry costs opening times, refreshment facilities, gift shops, toilet facilities and more click here
Disabled Access. Edinburgh Castle is an ancient fortification with steep cobbled pathways within it. Disability access to the Museum conforms with the information on the Edinburgh Castle website http://www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk/visit/access-for-all
The refurbished museum, was opened by The Colonel-in-Chief, HRH The Princess Royal, on 27th June, 1991. The story of the Regiment is told in chronological order on pictorial wall panels supported by maps, display cases, tableaux and dioramas. The medal collection is too large to be openly displayed and therefore only a selection is on view. The remainder is mounted in drawers which can be opened on request. Also to be seen are weapons, pictures, collections of silver, sets of drums and old Colours. Other interesting features of the Museum are the descriptions given of contemporary life in the Army and the overhead panels which show significant national and world events of the relevant period.
On entering the Museum, after being introduced to the Regiment by a modern piper, the visitor turns to the left and is immediately taken back over three hundred years to the raising of the Regiment by Sir John Hepburn in 1633. There follows an account of the Regiment’s activities up to the present day.
The Museum of the oldest Scottish Regiment now shares its building with the Museum of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, the youngest Scottish Regiment formed on 28 March 2006. This Museum takes the story of the Scottish infantry forward through operations in Afghanistan to life in the Army of today.
The Regimental Museum is normally open within Edinburgh Castle from:
9.30am to 5pm Monday-Friday (summer)
9.30am to 5.30pm Weekends (summer)
9.30am to 4pm Monday-Friday (winter)
9.30am to 4.30pm Weekends (winter)
Please note that the Museum is closed annually over Christmas and New Year for annual maintenance and deep cleaning. During this period, the Museum can still be viewed by selecting the Virtual Tour on the website.
Note that timings may have to be changed without notice
Admission is free but voluntary donations are welcome, the Museum is a registered Scottish Charity (SCO05163). It is a member of the Association of Scottish Military Museums (ASMM) which has recently achieved the award of a Collection of National Significance by Museums and Galleries Scotland, The Museum has full accreditation to national standards and Visit Scotland 4 star status.
Visitors with a particular interest should contact the Museum (see below) before visiting so that we can prepare in advance. Such visits can be accommodated on most days but not normally on weekends.