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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, 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, Aberdeenshire:

The great castle of Kildrummy was the stronghold of the Earls of Mar.

April - September, Dumfries & Galloway:

The remains of this late 16th century noble residence demonstrate how architecture evolved from the heavily defended tower house to a new more domestic, if grand, scale.

April - September, Aberdeenshire:

Aberdeenshire is graced by many historic castles, but Tolquhon is one of the most picturesque.

May - beginning October, Highlands:

Still home to the Cawdor family to this day, Cawdor Castle dates from the 14th century and is romantically linked with Macbeth by Shakespeare.

End March to mid October, Sutherland:

Dating in part from the early 1300s, Dunrobin Castle is the largest house in the Northern Highlands with some 189 rooms.

1st April - 15th October 2014, Skye:

Lying 22 miles west of Portree, Dunvegan Castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years.

April - October, Ayrshire:

On top of the prominent hill at Dundonald is a stone castle, built around 1371.


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