Here are some of the best castles in Scotland – places you should be sure not to miss as you explore this amazing country.
10 Best Castles in Scotland
1. Stirling Castle
Stirling castle was an important strategic site, due to its position as the Gateway to the Highlands. It was also home to many of Scotland’s monarchs, and Mary Queen of Scots was crowned here in 1534. Read more here.
2. Dunrobin Castle
An impressive stately home, Dunrobin is the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland and dates from 1845.
3. Dunbeath Castle
A couple of kilometres from Dunbeath, this lonely, windswept castle perches on the east coast of Caithness, bleak, and blasted by punishing North Sea winds. The castle cannot be visited but the gardens can be seen during the annual open day. Not to mention the views are pretty spectacular.
4. Drumlanrig Castle
One of Scotland’s grandest abodes, this large 17th Century castle is home to the Duke and Duchess of Bucclegh and Queenberry.
5. Edinburgh Castle
This imposing castle sits atop a dormant volcanic rock in the centre of the Scottish capital, and is one of the country’s most visited sites. Edinburgh Castle was a key strategic stronghold throughout much of Scottish history, and is seen as a key symbol for the cause of Scottish Independence.
6. Craigievar Castle
Pretty in pink, Craigievar is in Aberdeenshire, in a fairytale setting. It is a National Trust property crammed with history, armour and art.
7. Walter Scott’s Castle
Abbotsford is the historic country house of the famous writer, standing serenely on the banks of the River Tweed.
8. St Andrews Castle
Sitting beside the North Sea in this small University town, this is a picturesque ruin. It was home to several Kings, and ‘bottle dungeon’ here was used as a notorious prison. A highlight here is the interesting siege mine and counter mine into which visitors can descend.
9. Urquhart Castle
A visit here would not be complete without trying to look for the Loch Ness Monster! Legends aside, this castle was once the largest in Scotland. It was strategically important because of its position on the Great Glen.
10. Castle Stalker, Appin
Privately owned, Castle Stalker is available to visit on a few guided tours a year. Featured in Monty Python as ‘Castle Aargh’, this four-storey tower is set on Loch Laich.
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