Great Castles of Scotland   3 comments

Scotland is steeped in culture, history and heritage, a real appeal for visitors and tourists to our country. Castles are a hugely important part of this heritage and people flock to their ramparts every year.

The only problem is, that we have over 2000 castles spread over the land,  and the difficult choice for many visitors is deciding which ones to visit. Even as a lover of these wonderful great edifices myself; when I’m touring different parts of Scotland there are only so many I can visit before I reach saturation point.

One of the most frequently asked questions we get at the Visitor Centre is about what other Castles or Monuments people should go and visit. It’s an almost impossible question to answer given the scale of choice. Many foreign visitors may have a maximum of two weeks to explore as much of Scotland as they can manage, and the usual circuit that people follow is no great secret. So what should they visit?
Well I recently stumbled across a really useful video called “Scotland-The Great Castles” which in my opinion gives a good starting point if any of you are coming to Scotland and having difficulty deciding what to visit.  It covers:-

  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Stirling Castle
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Dunotter Castle
  • Balmoral Castle
  • Blair Castle
  • Glamis Castle
  • Edinburgh Castle

Now I do also believe that there are other Historic Monuments and sites that are worthy of inclusion in this list, but I didn’t make the video, and we’re all entitled to our opinion, but what others would you add yourselves?

Anyway, enjoy the video by clicking here


Posted August 28, 2010 by eileandonan in Historical

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3 responses to “Great Castles of Scotland

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  1. I would definitely replace some of the above with Linlithgow Palace, Dune Castle and Cawdor Castle all beautiful buildings with beautiful scenery. Darcross Castle is a gorgeous little castle. Although not open to the public, you can rent the whole thing just for you own use…

    This is just my opinion…

  2. I am nto sure i would take any out but there are a wealth of ones i would add,

    Elco castle ( very off the beaten track but well worth a visit )
    Edzell Castle with its fine walled gardens
    Aberdour Castle as being the oldest standing stone castle ( so they say)
    Castle Campbel AKA Castel Gloume and very well named but absolutely stunning as well

    Being a castle fan i could go on and on. n but obviously i have to stop somewhere! lol

  3. ..Not forgetting Castle Leod at Strathpeffer, the home of the Chieftain of Clan MacKenzie…….(grin.)

    William Robert MacKenzie.

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