Scottish castles and historic houses
Scotland has a rich and colorful history that has seen centuries of bloody battles, fallen monarchs, Acts of Union and various uprisings. Today Scotland is unique in that it retains the structures and stories of this colorful history which sit alongside the new and more modern 21st century buildings that have developed. Experience the history of Scotland first-hand by exploring the many castles and historic houses scattered throughout this beautiful country.
Scotland’s great castles
The history of the proud nation of Scotland has been turbulent to say the least, and this has certainly left an enduring mark on the landscape. Throughout the country, discover a variety of magnificent castles, fortresses and tower houses that each have their own truly fascinating story. The cities of Stirling and Edinburgh boast castles ranking amongst Europe’s most impressive structures, whilst less well known examples such as Castle Campbell in Dollar or Dunstaffnage near Oban also provide an intriguing insight into Scotland’s past.
Head to Aberdeen City & Shire, to find around 300 fantastic castles dotted throughout the region. You can even follow Scotland’s Castle Trail to take in 16 highlights. From the breathtaking cliff-top Dunnottar Castle, to the 16th century Crathes Castle and Delgatie Castle - a Best Visitor Experience award-winner - Aberdeenshire is known as ‘Castle Country’ for a reason.
Scotland’s fascinating history has not only left us with castles. Take the opportunity to discover a range of beautiful stately homes with magnificent architecture and amazing gardens. As you travel throughout the regions, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to exploring a range of stunning properties.
The Scottish Borders, for example, is home to an array of spectacular historic houses, all within close proximity. Abbotsford House, created by the much-loved Scots writer Sir Walter Scott, is a particularly stunning piece of architecture located in a truly picturesque setting along the banks of the River Tweed. Traquair House is the oldest continually inhabited house in the country, formerly a hunting lodge for Scotland’s kings and queens.
Across the water on the Isle of Bute, Mount Stuart is another particular highlight, a grand Victorian gothic mansion with beautiful theatrical rooms reflecting themes including astrology, religion and art.
Hopetoun House, set within 6,500 acres of land in West Lothian, is one of Scotland’s finest stately homes and is certainly worth a visit.
Let Scotland’s castles and historic houses capture your imagination and find out for yourself which are regularly top of the ‘must-see’ attractions for visitors to Scotland.