While some of us are able to drive, some people prefer to explore castles without a car and if you’re in Scotland, there are plenty of options.
Within Edinburgh, all you need to do is buy a Lothian Buses day ticket (£4 for adults, £2 for children or £8.50 for a family) and you can easily get between Edinburgh Castle, Craigmillar Castle and Lauriston Castle.
If you want to head out of the city, Stirling Castle is only a short walk (or taxi ride) from Stirling train station. Or if you want to head up to the Highlands, Inverness Castle (which has a new 360 degree viewpoint from the top) is only a short walk from the bus and train station and from the bus station you can also get bus to Urquhart Castle.
Although not technically public transport, if you’re feeling really eco-friendly and fit, Scotland has loads of cycle routes. Sustrans have an excellent map of the different routes and where they pass through e.g. Route 195 starts in Aberdeen and will pass Crathes Castle and Drum Castle. If you travel by train and then want to cycle, Bike and Go allows people to hire bikes from a number of rail stations too.
Don’t forget, if you’re wanting to visit several castles, you might be best buying a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass which gives you entry into all their properties for either three or seven days.
Anyone else been castle hunting by public transport?