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Top Ten Castle's To Visit In The Scottish Highlands

Updated on August 25, 2015

The Highlands of Scotland are a Magical place full of beauty and a sense of peace that can only be found in a few places around the world. But it was not always like that. The highlands has seen its fare share of fighting and some of the castles reflect this while others make you feel like you have entered a Fairytale Kingdom.

My Top 10 Highland Castles

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A markerSpynie Palace -
Spynie Palace, Elgin, Moray IV30 5QG, UK
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B markerBallindalloch Castle -
Ballindalloch Estate, Ballindalloch, Banffshire AB37 9AX, UK
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C markerBrodie Castle -
Brodie Castle, Brodie, Forres, Morayshire IV36 2TE, UK
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D markerCawdor Castle -
Nairn, Highland IV12 5RD, UK
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E markerFort George -
Inverness, Highland IV2 7TD, UK
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F markerInverness Castle -
Inverness Castle, Castle Street, Inverness, Highland IV2 3EG, UK
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G markerUrquhart Castle -
Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Highland IV63 6XJ, UK
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H markerEilean Donan Castle -
Dornie, Highland IV40 8DX, UK
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I markerDunrobin Castle -
Dunrobin Castle, Golspie, Sutherland KW10 6SF, UK
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J markerCastle Of Mey -
Mey, Highland KW14 8XH, UK
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Each of the ten Castles above has its own reason for being on the list. Some will have seen historic battles while others are just lavish houses that still stand proud in all their glory. They are all great places to visit.

The Ghosts of Spynie Palace

It is said that the Palace is haunted by many things:

  • A lion that had been kept as an exotic pet.
  • Three Horsemen that Gallop around on the main drive
  • The Wolf of Badenoch who burnt the Palace to the ground.
  • A Piper

Spynie Palace

Once home to the Bishops of Moray this Palace once stood proud on the edge of a Sea Loch. Today that Loch is just a small inland body of water and the Palace is in ruin.

The Palace was burnt down by Alexander Stewart, also known as The Wolf of Badenoch and subsequently rebuilt by Bishop Innes.

The only part left standing relatively intact is the 16th Century David's Tower. But even that is just a shell.

Opening Times

9:30 - 5:30 Monday to Sunday



Adult £4.50

Child £2.70

Concession £3.60

Joint ticket with Elgin Cathedral available

Adult £7.20

Child £4.40

Concession £5.80

Ballindalloch Castle

One of the most romantically beautiful Castles in Scotland, Ballindalloch Castle has been occupied by the same family since it was built in 1546.

It is not just the Castle that is Beautiful, the gardens have some great charm and are well worth spending time taking a look around.

Brodie Castle

Located in peaceful parkland this 16th Century Castle is jam packed with antique furniture, paintings and ceramics.The Castle was home to the Clan Brodie until 2003

There is plenty to see and do around the 71 hectare estate, with its landscaped and walled gardens, large pond, woodland walk and nature trail. There is also an adventure playground to keep the kids occupied and that is just the grounds.

There is plenty to see inside the House as well.


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