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FRIDAY, 7TH OCTOBER 2011
Castles in Scotland

Romantic and mystical, the typical projection of a Scottish castle is the likes upon which 'Macbeth' was based. Looming, ancient and shrouded in mystery, Cawdor Castle in the heart of the Nairn region bears little semblance to the motte and bailey fortress described in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth', yet today draws visitors in their thousands because of this fictitious historic link. In stark contrast is the fairytale pink castle of Craigievar near Alford, Aberdeenshire. Set afoot the undulating Grampian Mountains, Craigievar is one of Scotland's finest baronial architectural feats and a mecca for photographers. Whether it's mystery, cultural interest or the sheer romanticism of these historic ramparts that lures you to Scotland; you don't necessarily have to tackle the windswept Highlands to find them!

 

Eilean Donan castle at dusk - flckr - Eusebius@CommonsEilean Donan Castle, Isle of Donnan, Wester Ross

The venerable Eilean Donan Castle strikes a dramatic impression since all that surrounds the miniature isle are three lochs. Formerly a 13th Century Viking stronghold, Eilean Donan fell into the hands of Spanish troops in the 17th Century, and was subsequently smashed to pieces when the Royal Navy recaptured it. Lt. Col. John MacRae-Gilstrap undertook restoration in 1919, reviving the integral features of the fortress which led to it's becoming the scene of filming for Russel Macalhy's 'Highlander' in 1986. In recent years, the castle has benefited from further restorations to the kitchens and main quarters and is open to the public on a year-round basis. www.eileandonancastle.com Find cottages in Wester Ross

 

Edinburgh Castle - flckr - Bernt RostadEdinburgh Castle, City of Edinburgh

Home to the Scottish Crown Jewels (Honours of Scotland) and the Stone of Destiny, Edinburgh Castle counts itself as one of the most important in Scotland. Perched high above the city upon a plateau of basalt rock, the grandiose fortress has been the central residence for centuries of Royalty. Due to it's unparalleled size, it's highly recommendable to take a full day for exploration, since Edinburgh Castle admission includes the 18th Century 'Prisoner of War Exhibition' within the castle vaults; the Royal Palace (including the former bedchamber of Mary Queen of Scots) and the two museums dedicated of the Royal Scots Dragoons and Royal Regiment. www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk  Edinburgh cottages.

 

Aldourie Castle  - on the shore of Loch Ness Inverness Scotland - flckr - conner395Drum Castle, Drumoak, Aberdeenshire

The 13th Century tower fortress of Drum Castle has long been of great interest to history buffs, since it is one of the oldest tower houses in Scotland. A key location during the Covenanting Rebellion, the Jacobean Drum Castle bears a lengthy association with Robert the Bruce, as well as the Clan Irvine. Now owned by the Scottish National Trust, Drum Castle can be explored during the summer months, with attractions that include an 18th Century tree arboretum, medieval chapel and Clan Irvine treasures. http://www.nts.org.uk/Property/Drum-Castle-Garden-Estate/ Holiday cottages Aberndeenshire

 

Glamis - flckr - macieklewGlamis Castle, Angus

One of the most revered castles in all of Scotland, the Queen Mother's former childhood home featured for many years upon the reverse of Scottish ten pound notes. It's fairytale turrets and imperial architecture draw many a curious visitor, however it is the magnificence of it's 18th Century plasterwork ceilings that usually precedes it. Beset within 14,000 acres of woodland, pastures and sculptured gardens, Glamis is a haven for walkers, offering ten different trails throughout it's grounds. http://www.glamis-castle.co.uk/ cottages in Angus.

 

 

 

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