Explore all the castles Scotland has to offer
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Scotland’s stunning scenery and breath-taking architecture is famous the world over. Visitors are met with glistening lochs, imposing mountains and wildlife-rich woodlands, all peppered with exciting cities and busy towns. Add a dash of mythological mystique and a generous helping of culture, and you have the perfect spot for castle breaks and road trips.
If you need some inspiration, iconic Edinburgh castle is the perfect place to start. The building dominates the city skyline, keeping watch over those below from Castle Rock. Dating back to at least the 12th century, the building itself is just as impressive as the artefacts inside. The crown jewels of Scotland, stone of destiny and prisoner of war vaults bring Scotland’s rich history to life.
A stroll into the heart of Edinburgh is the perfect way to round off your trip to the castle. Drop into The Elephant House (where J. K. Rowling penned two Harry Potter novels) for a bite to eat, or lose yourself in the Royal Botanic Garden.
Edinburgh isn’t the only notable area of Scotland. Castle breaks in this country should also include the west coast, if only for Eilean Donan castle.
This stunning castle is one of the most iconic sights in Scotland. Nestled atop an island at the point where three lochs meet, the castle is surrounded by glistening water and majestic mountains. The castle itself might be small, but the trip is worth it for the scenery and tearoom alone! Plus, with quaint villages, seal boat trips and ferries to the Isle of Skye close by, you won’t be short of things to do.
One of the best things about castle holidays in Scotland is the opportunity to actually stay in a castle, turning your break into a once-in-a-lifetime road trip. Scotland is home to countless luxury abodes, including Ackergill Tower in the highlands.
Perched on a cliff above the sea, Ackergill Tower is romance personified. Stroll along seven miles of private, unspoilt beach as the waves crash ashore, or take to the castle’s 3,000 acre estate for a spot of clay pigeon shooting or fishing. With walled gardens and sea-view rooms at your disposal, and the Scottish highlands on your doorstep, you’ll never forget your stay.
If you’re road tripping further south, drive through the Angus area and stay in a castle like Kinnettles. Dating back to the 15th century, this grand building is set among beautifully landscaped grounds with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. With golfing, walking, skiing and wildlife-watching opportunities ripe in the local area, Kinnettles is the perfect place to rest your feet during busy castle holidays.
Scottish castles are truly spectacular, so why not start planning a castle road trip? Take a look at the itineraries below for inspiration.