Scotland is home to more than 700 castles, which means that you’ll have plenty of options to choose from if you want to visit one of these beautiful buildings during your time in the country. From stone towers overlooking the ocean to picturesque manors surrounded by acres of land and other breathtaking structures, Scotland’s castles are worth visiting no matter what part of the country they’re in. For those who are considering visiting one or more of the beautiful castles in Scotland, here are five of the most beautiful castles in Scotland that you absolutely must see while you’re there.
Although the majority of the existing structure and gardens were erected much later, in the 1830s, this castle is one of the oldest continuously occupied homes in the UK, dating back to the 1300s. It is surrounded by 1300 acres of gardens and is noted for looking like a French Château. Built on top of a rock promontory that overlooks two lakes, it’s said to be one of the most beautiful castles in Scotland.
*Eilean Donan Castle: *Originally built in 13th century as an important stronghold, it was captured by Robert The Bruce during his fight against English rule.
How many capital cities can boast a castle in the heart of their city? People frequent Edinburgh Castle, a well-liked tourist attraction, for anything from guided tours to weddings. The Tea Rooms, which are located at the top of the castle, are a great place to visit for afternoon tea. The Crown Jewels, on display just outside the walls of Edinburgh Castle, are a must see and visitors will get to see some impressive pieces like a gemstone that once belonged to St. Margaret (the Queen Consort). It is said that Queen Victoria was so taken with this gemstone that she made it part of her own crown jewels.
Dalhousie Castle & Spa
Consider scheduling a few nights at Dalhousie, a 13th-century castle-turned-hotel, if you’ve ever desired to stay in a castle. Even a dining area set in the castle’s dungeon is part of the hotel’s amenities. The lavish castle also offers other lodging options, like suites and cottages that sleep up to six guests. Guests can even enjoy a round of golf on one of Dalhousie’s two courses or go horseback riding along miles and miles of trails. There are also gardens, a spa and an outdoor pool to make this historic getaway complete.