A castle in the sunset on the edge of a loch

Scottish Castles and Historical Sites

Below is a list of our recommendations and the top visited places in Scotland each year. Find out why…

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is one of Scotland’s most famous Castles. Set on top of an extinct Volcano in the heart of Scotland’s Capital City. This impressive structure is a must see when near the city and boasts many Halls and rooms holding their own importance. The Castle is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, the stone of destiny, which has been used in the Coronation of Kings and Queens for hundreds of years and also an enormous medieval cannon named ‘Mons Meg’ which was used to blast 150kg Cannonball’s over 3km away.

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle is only 40 miles from Edinburgh Castle and was one of Scotland’s most historical sites, which brought nobles, Knights and foreign visitors of importance to stay in this beautiful and grand Castles. The Castle was also the chosen home of Scottish Kings and Queens from the Stewart family. Like Edinburgh, there are many beautiful rooms and halls to explore during your tour. Keep an eye out on staff dressed in period costumes throughout the Castle.

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Set on its own little island overlooking the Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan Castle is without a doubt the most photographed Castle in the world. It is surrounded by heavily forested Mountain ranges as well as being at a point where 3 large lochs meet. Having been reconstructed in the early 1900 this mysterious Castle is a wonderful place to visit and explore when passing the north west of Scotland.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Holyrood Palace

This stunning Palace is also located in the heart of Scotland’s Capital, Edinburgh. Situated at the bottom of the Royal Mile, which extends all the way to Edinburgh Castle. The Palace is also the official residence in Scotland to Her Majesty The Queen. The Palace was also home to Mary Queen of Scot’s during her short and traumatic reign of the throne. Tours of the Palace take you round the stunning Gardens and grounds as well as the many magnificent halls and apartments decked out in the finest of art, linens and ornaments.

Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness

Urquhart Castle

Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, the ruins of Urquhart Castle sit on the banks of the mysterious Loch Ness. The medieval fortress was subject to major conflict during the 14th century in the Wars of Scottish Independence and the control of the castle went back and forth between the Scots and the English. The last English residents during the Jacobite rising blew up the castle in order to prevent future occupation by the Jacobites. Boat trips are available with stop offs at the castle ruins. We recommend a climb up the Grant Tower to enjoy stunning views of the loch – will you be able to spot Nessie?!

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