Take your group to one of these magnificent castles in bonnie Scotland.
Scotland boasts plenty of beautiful, historic attractions including some divine castles, not to mention rocky ruins. We take a look at some of the most picturesque castles in the country.
Take your group on a guided tour of one of Scotland’s oldest inhabited castles. Thirlestane Castle is thought to have been built in the 16th century by the Maitland family and is still home to them today, generations on. Visitors can enjoy specialist guides, extensive collections, bespoke catering, woodland walks, tailored activities and a tea room at the attraction. Free coach parking is available.
Said to be the largest inhabited castle in Scotland is Floors Castle, which is home to the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe. On your trip you’ll enter the state rooms which are filled with European paintings, tapestries, and furnishings as well as family photographs and plants grown by the estate gardener. Take time to visit the grounds and gardens on a visit too as these are recommended.
Often referred to as the ‘ship that never sailed’ due to its stronghold appearance, Blackness Castle is a 15th century fort which served as a garrison and state prison, it also appeared on the TV show Outlander. When visiting you’ll learn about the family who the castle was built for, the Crichtons, and you’ll also be able to climb the towers, explore the rooms and enjoy the views across the Firth of Forth.
Groups travelling to the Isle of Skye might like to pop Dunvegan Castle in their itinerary. This castle has a wealth of history and clan legends surrounding it which visitors will learn on arrival. Situated on the rocky outcrops on the shores of Loch Dunvegan, the attraction has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.
Glamis Castle is known for its beauty and for being the ancestral seat to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne since 1372. It is also said to be the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, as well as the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and the birthplace of HRH Princess Margaret - so there’s plenty to learn about when visiting. This fairy-tale-like fortress offers guided tours which take you around the different rooms, unveiling their stories and histories. Private tours can be arranged also.