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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.

April - October, Ayrshire:

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

March - October, Fife:

Dating back to 1450, Falkland Palace is the only Royal Palace in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.

April - October, Perthshire:

During its long history, Scone Palace has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of Scottish Kings, including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce.

April -October, Perthshire:

It was in the Castle of Loch Leven that Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned and forced to abdicate in 1567 before making her dramatic escape a year later.


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