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Scottish Castles

Think of Scotland, and romantic castles appear against a dramatic backdrop of highlands and lakes. It has been estimated that there were once about 3,000 castles in Scotland and while many have disappeared over time and others have become crumbling ruins, many notable castles still stand to be seen and explored. And there’s no doubt, Scotland’s castles are the ideal setting for music and storytelling, for traditional Highland Games and Clan Gatherings, for great days out - or a uniquely special weekend retreat.

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April - September, Scottish Borders:

An awesome, eerie ruin, set in a lonely spot, Hermitage Castle was one of the major strongholds in the Borders from the 14th century to the Union of the Crowns in 1603.

April - September, Inverclyde:

Mainly associated with Patrick Maxwell, Newark Castle is a fine and well-preserved building dating back to the 15th century situated on the south bank of the river Clyde.

April - September, Angus:

There’s been a castle at Edzell since about 1100, when a wooden structure was erected on top of a motte by the Abbott family.

April - September, Perthshire:

Elcho Castle is situated at Easter Elcho about 4 miles south-east of Perth.

April - September, Royal Deeside:

Drum Castle features the oldest intact 13th-century tower in Scotland, a Jacobean mansion house and the additions of the Victorian lairds, making it unique among Scottish castles.

April - September, Midlothian:

Crichton Castle stands tucked away out of sight, on a terrace overlooking the River Tyne in Midlothian.

April - September, Lanarkshire:

A fine example of a Scottish tower-house castle, Cardoness Castle was built in the later 15th century as the fortified residence of the McCullochs.

April - September, Aberdeenshire:

Set in a barren moorland, Corgarff’s medieval tower house, built in the mid-16th century, is surrounded by a distinctive star-shaped perimeter wall of 18th century date.

April - September, Lanarkshire:

Craignethan, dating back to around 1530, is an important early artillery fortification with an exceptional residential tower and fine setting.

April - September, Aberdeen & Grampian:

For over 500 years, Balvenie Castle served as the formidable stronghold of the great lords who ruled over this part of north-east Scotland.


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