Did you know that Scotland is home to over 2,000 castles? The oldest of these is Castle Sween which is located on the shore of Loch Sween in Argyll which dates back to the 12th century.
Each castle has its own tale to tell, with many having been witness to some of Scotland’s key historic moments; from Edinburgh Castle which used to hold military prisoners and now houses the Crown Jewels, Blair Castle which is home to Europe’s last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders, and was used as a hospital during WW1, and Stirling Castle which was the favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens.
Visiting a Scottish Castle is a must-do activity for any visitor, whether you’re on a staycation or from a faraway land. From their stunning architecture, luxurious or ruined interiors, to the stunning countryside that surrounds them. We think Scotland might have some of the best castles in the world but we’re modest!
With so many to great choose from, it’s difficult to know which might be our favourite, although we love Borthwick Castle in Gorebridge– a 15th century Scottish keep and the only one of its ilk in private hands across all of Europe, and just 30 minutes from Scotland’s Capital, Edinburgh. Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness which is also where St Columba is said to have worked miracles in the 6th century!
We’d love to hear what your favourite Scottish Castle to visit is and which ones you hope to visit in future. Share your thoughts below!