Scottish castles, Scotland
The Great Hall of Stirling Castle. Photo by Kilnburn.
Stirling Castle, built in varied stages between the 11th and 15th centuries, is one of the great Scottish castles, home to many Stuart kings and a popular tourist attraction. It offers many historical displays, a superb, restored 4-storey Great Hall, the Royal Palace – the finest Renaissance building in Scotland and much more.
Stirling Castle is open all year, seven days a week except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. April to September: 9. 30 to 18. 00. October to March: 9. 30 to 17. 00. Stirling Town is 1 hour’s drive from Edinburgh on the M9 or 40 minutes from Glasgow on the M80.
Once one of Scotland’s largest home-fortresses Urquhart Castle is now just a ruin perched over Loch Ness and the Great Glen. Photo by Nilfanion.
Loch Ness is in the Highlands of Scotland near Inverness, a lush, wild area offering a range of activities and accommodation.
The remains of Urquhart Castle command splendid views of Loch Ness and the Great Glen and have a café and informative visitor centre.
Balmoral Castle photo by Cp111.
Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852. The Castle is an example of Scottish castles Baronial architecture and is open to the public when the Royal Family is not in residence. Opening times are from 10. 00 a. m. until 5. 00 p. m.
Floors Castle, in the Borders area is the largest inhabited castle in Scotland and a major tourist attraction. The Castle is host to many events throughout the year, from massed pipe band days, Highland games and car rallies to snowdrop walks and Easter egg hunts. It’s open to the public from Easter to October. Opening times: 11am to 5pm.
Glamis Castle photo by Fabthetall.
Glamis Castle, Angus, dark setting of murder and mayhem in Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’, as well as being the childhood home of the Queen’s mother and apparently many assorted ghosts. It’s open for visitors in May.