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The Five Most Enchanting Scottish Castles

Updated on October 9, 2013

Scotland Has Many Famous Castles

The Scots are famous for a number of things - golf, whisky, magnificent highland scenery - but no trip north of the border is complete without a visit to one of her many splendid castles.

Here we take a look at five of the most enchanting in all of Scotland.

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Some Enchanting Scottish Castles

When one thinks of Scotland a few things spring to mind – golf, whisky and a history of bloody battles with the English. Thanks to the latter, the land of the Scots is home to some of the most magnificent castles in the entire world.

Perhaps what makes Scottish castles so unique is their dramatic backdrop; the wilderness of the highlands or the subtle beauty of the lowlands. If you plan on taking a trip north of the border consider a search for ‘self catering holidays Scotland’ as there a dozens of fantastic lodges and picturesque cottages dotted all over the country.

Once you’ve arrived, be sure to visit one of these fantastic fortresses! In no particular order:

1. Dunnottar Castle

Perched on a dramatic cliff top on the north east coast of Scotland, Dunnottar has been graced by William Wallace, the Marquis of Montrose and Mary Queen over its long colourful history.

The now ruined castle is most famous, however, for the spirited defence made by a small Scottish garrison against the mighty siege led by the English questing for Scotland’s Regalia. The garrison held out against Cromwell’s cannons for an incredible 8 months; evidence of which can still be seen on the castle’s 14th century keep.

2. Fyvie Castle

Shrouded in mystery and mystique, Fyvie is Aberdeenshire’s world-famous, haunted 13th century castle. The castle boasts five magnificent towers, added by each successive inhabiting family over the centuries.

Great woods enshroud the castle, whilst a nearby the wide lake sparkles in the moonlight. All in all, Fyvie is a place of magic and enchantment; it should not be missed.

3. Stirling Castle

Sitting proud at the summit of Castle Hill, Stirling Castle is one of the most architecturally impressive in all of Scotland. The Scheduled Ancient Monument has been used several times for the crowning of Scottish monarchs, including that of Mary Queen of Scots and was frequently the site of epic battles between the Scots and English.

Coupled with its rich history, the castle’s imposing stance and grandeur truly make it one of Scotland’s finest.

4. Edinburgh Castle

The scene that dominates the Edinburgh skyline is encompassed by this magnificent, enchanting castle, perched upon the volcanic Castle Rock. Often described as the ‘Castle of Scottish Castles’, its impressive architecture is matched only by the splendid views its once strategic location can offer.

The castle currently houses the ancient Regalia – Scotland’s Crown, Sceptre and Sword of State and its history is long and colourful. Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James, soon to be King James VI of Scotland and James I of England, in a little room in the Royal apartments. Today, there are fascinating displays of Scottish weaponry and armour from throughout the centuries.

Any trip to Scotland’s historical capital would simply not be complete without a visit to Edinburgh Castle.

5. Eillean Donan Castle

Sat on the tiny isle of Eilean Donan, at the meeting point of three Lochs and in the foreground of some of Scotland’s most impressive scenery, it is little wonder this iconic castle is one often described as the country’s most beautiful.

Instantly recognisable, largely due to its appearance in films like ‘Highlander’ and ‘The World Is Not Enough’, the castle is one of the most photographed Scottish monuments.

A footbridge now connects the 13th century castle to the mainland and visitors can explore almost all of its insides.

So what are you waiting for? Make that plan for a holiday in Scotland and tour some Scottish castles. You won’t be disappointed!

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