Castles to visit in Scotland

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Have a look at our photographic guide to our top 10 castles to visit in Scotland

Castles in Scotland; they stand representing the very essence of Scotland’s heritage and people throughout its proud history. From luxurious and ornate furnishings to imposing fortresses and beautifully grand and unique architecture, if you're enjoying a holiday in Scotland, make the most of your time and explore a historic Scottish castle.

For a little inspiration, we’ve put together a collection of castles near our cottages in Scotland.

Cawdor Castle

Having been described as one of the most romantic castles in The Highlands, Cawdor Castle lies just outside of Nairn and has an enchanting connection to the writings of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. With grand tapestries, beautifully kept gardens and acres of surrounding woodland, it’s a historic jewel for culture lovers.

Edinburgh Castle

Perhaps Scotland’s most famous castle standing atop the volcanic Castle Rock, people come to Scotland just to see this beautiful landmark dominating the skyline of the capital. It stands as a stunning backdrop to the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo and has become an iconic symbol of both Edinburgh and Scotland.

Stirling Castle

Known as the favourite residence of Scotland’s kings and queens, Stirling Castle was the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots, and towers over some of Scotland’s most imposing battlefields including Bannockburn and Stirling Bridge.

Inverness Castle

The red sandstone fortress of Inverness Castle you see towering over the River Ness today was built by architect William Burn in 1836. Although the castle itself is not open to members of the public, the grounds are free to walk around.

Inveraray Castle

Recently starring in the popular period drama of Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey, Inveraray Castle is the current home to the 13th Duke of Argyll and his family. Unique in its grand architecture (the first of its kind in the the west of Scotland), visitors can tour many historic rooms and admire the beautiful gardens on the surrounding estate.

Glamis Castle

Childhood home of the Queen Mother, Glamis Castle has witnessed more than 600 years of history and has an exciting and fascinating history full of legends and magical connections to Shakespeare’s writing. Enjoy wandering through the ornately decorated rooms and halls lined with suits of armour, and when you get around to exploring the castle grounds, there are formal gardens and a lovely nature trail to enjoy.

Culzean Castle

Located 12 miles south of Ayr, Culzean is one of Scotland’s best loved castles. Taken care of by the National Trust for Scotland, the castle perches on a cliff top with spectacular views across the Firth Of Clyde to the mountains of the Island of Arran. The castle lies in the heart of Burns' Country, within the Culzean Country Park, and offers a lovely family day out.

Caerlaverock Castle

With its twin-towered fortress and fairytale-like moat, the unique triangular architecture of Caerlaverlock Castle is a fine example of a Scottish medieval stronghold. The castle has a fascinating story and history of great sieges, as the long English/Scottish border wars continued over the decades.

Drumlanrig Castle

Affectionately named ‘The Pink Palace’ for its red sandstone construction, Drumlanrig Castle is regarded as one of the finest examples of 17th century architecture in Scotland. With an exquisitely decorated interior, that includes fine tapestries and stunning paintings, allow yourself to travel back through centuries touring the grand rooms.

Have a look at our lovely properties in Scotland and you could treat yourself, family and friends to a stay in an elegant mansion or grand castle for a week or two.

Posted by Hannah on 19th April 2017