Scotland has a wild and wonderful landscape, and many historical and remarkable castles litter its landscape. While most tourists visit the more well-known fortresses and estates, the country has far more to offer visitors looking to immerse themselves in the country’s history. Here are some of the most remarkable castles that still stand today.
While this ancient fortress doesn’t have a mighty name, its beauty and the spectacular location are surpassed by none. Eilean Donan Castle sits majestically on the Kyle of LOohalshin, one of the most idyllic spots in the country. Looking at the 13th-century stronghold, it’s hard to imagine how mighty this fortress must have appeared to earlier visitors. Luckily the castle has a team of re-enactors who put on a show that will transport you to the past.
The remarkable architecture of Floors Castle makes it look like the mighty fortress of a fantasy kingdom. Built in 1721, this defensive stronghold near Kelso was built as the flamboyant home of the Duke of Roxburghe and it is one of the largest castle estates in Scotland.
Today the castle is a family-friendly attraction but it also plays host to grouse and pheasant shoots.
The grey exteriors of Glamis castle hides the colorful history of the fortress. The castle was the childhood home of the Queen Mother and this is the castle were king Malcolm II was murdered and replaced by Macbeth in 1040.
The castle served as the inspiration for Shakespeare’s famous play ‘Macbeth’ and it was also the home of Lady Glamis who was burned at the stake for witchcraft. There are plenty of legends of hauntings and the castle’s imposing architecture makes all the stories even more believable.