Gorgeous Scottish Castles

VisitScotland recently published an article called “10 Interesting Scottish Castles.” Featuring breathtaking fortresses from around the country, from “well preserved gems to romantic cliff-top ruins,” some highlights include…

Dunrobin Castle in the HighlandsLooking over the gardens to Dunrobin CastleDesigned by Sir Robert Lorimer, with enchanting spires added by Sir Charles Barry, this castle is the most northerly of Scotland’s stately homes. With extensive French gardens, as well as a museum displaying trophy heads of animals and a collection of archaeological artifacts, the castle is not only breathtaking, but also a fascinating visit. It is open to the public.

Neidpath Castle in the Scottish borders
Exterior of Neidpath Castle
With visitors such as Mary Queen of Scots, William Wordsworth, and Sir Walter Scott, the guest list of this castle is far from ordinary, and makes for a breathtaking scene as it overlooks the River Tweed. The castle is closed to the public, but can be rented out for private parties, dinners, and weddings, and tours for schools and private groups.

Dunnottar Castle in Aberdeen City and Shire
A couple listens to a piper playing with Dunnottar Castle in the background
This stunning seaside castle features extensive buildings, including barracks, lodgings, stables, and storehouses. The site of the castle is said to have been inhabited since Pictish times and has witnessed many dramatic events in Scotland’s history, including Viking invasions and, in legends, a violent attack by William Wallace. The castle is open to the public.

Eilean Donan Castle in the Highlands
View of Eilean Donan Castle ©vichie81 / Dollar Photo Club.
Located on its own island at a point where three sea lochs meet, this is one of the most photographed castles in the world. The first fortified castle was built in the 13th century; since then, at least four different versions of the castle have stood in its place. Every part of the castle is accessible to visitors.