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Going to Nairn & Bonnyrigg -3 nights each June/July. Suggestions on must see places/castles...

We will have a car and loves castles. 

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  • VisitScotlandMurielVisitScotlandMuriel Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
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    There are 2 castles near Nairn namely Cawdor Castle and Brodie Castle. Other places of interest you can visit are Fort George, Dallas Dhu distillery and Benromach Distillery. You will also be near Inverness and Loch Ness and Aberdeenshire Castle Trail
    In Bonnyrigg, you are near Rosslyn Chapel and Crichton Castle. Gilmerton Cove is an unusual place to visit on the edge of Edinburgh and of course you could come into Edinburgh with all its attractions, especially Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse if it's castles you want to see. I would recommend leaving your car in a Park and Ride (Straiton Park and Ride) and taking the bus into town. Have a lovely time in Scotland!!
  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
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    Consider visiting Floors castle & Abbotsford House near Kelso in the Scottish Borders, they're "new" castles but fascinating spots, the latter being home to Walter Scott. Plus the Borders are very pretty.

    Nairn isn't too far from Speyside. Though its not a castle, I highly recommend visiting the Packhorse bridge near the Bridgend of Glenlivet, one of the single most beautiful spots for me in Scotland.

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  • Samantha_GrantSamantha_Grant VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 2017 Accepted Answer
    @JKirchhoefer My hubby is a Nairn Highlander so it's a place close to my heart.  You'll find Duffus Castle not too far from Nairn, that's definitely worth a visit. Although not a castle the dramatic ruins of Elgin Cathedral are not to be missed.  Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness is easy to reach from Nairn too and if you're lucky you might even spot Nessie. There's also Lochindorb Castle on Dava Moor, once home to the notorious Wolf of Badenoch. Don't miss Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns too.

    The Lothians have lots to offer castle lovers.  Craigmillar Castle in Edinburgh is a well preserved medieval ruin
    with links to Mary Queen of Scots. If you visit East Lothian you can take in Hailes, Tantallon and Dirleton castles, all wonderful. 

    If you visit the Borders Smailholm Tower and Hermitage Castle should be on your list. 

    You'll find lots of castles and ruins on my Scottish travel blog as I'm a die hard history geek.  :)

    happy castle hunting. 
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  • JKirchhoeferJKirchhoefer Member
    Thank you for all the suggestions - this will give us a lot to look into!
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