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What's your favourite castle in Scotland?

VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff

We're so spoiled for choice in Scotland with castles to visit. If you were recommending a castle to someone visiting here for the first time, where would you tell them to go?

I still don't know the answer to this question (so many to choose from!) so I'm cheating and just sharing the two I've been to most recently. Tantallon in North Berwick (top pic) and Inveraray Castle (bottom pic) were both gasp worthy to explore! And as you can see I was pretty spoiled with the weather on both days too!

Share your pics below! Bonus points for any fun facts you can throw in too :)
Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 


  • VisitScotlandLiamVisitScotlandLiam Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    I've never been but come on, seriously, how cool is Dunnottar Castle?!  It's also one of Scotland's haunted ones too!  Spooooooooooky

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  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    My answer does not need more than a picture. It's location, views and good looks are special.

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  • VisitScotlandPatriciaVisitScotlandPatricia Member, Moderator
    Stirling Castle is very Interesting  and like Edinburgh Castle is steeped in History. Dunnottor Castle with views onto the North Sea is amazing. 
  • There are so many it's impossible to pick just one! Dunnottar is on my 'must see' list but I haven't got there yet. Huntly Castle is very interesting for a ruin - lots of history attached.
  • spootsspoots Member ✭✭
    Well this is difficult.

    I'd love to some day go to Dunnottar Castle.  I've also never been to the castles at Stirling, Dumbarton, Kisimul, Inveraray or Eilean Donan, and I've been past the spectacle that is Dunrobin Castle many times on the train but have never actually been there.

    Edinburgh Castle is fantastic, obviously - but then so is the Palace of Linlithgow.  Obviously Tantallon is up there, as is Dirleton Castle, near Gullane.  Noltland Castle I've always had had a soft spot for, but I doubt it would hold its own against the competition.

    So instead here's a list of some of the castles I'd love to visit:

    Urquhart Castle
    Dunnottar Castle
    Dumbarton Castle
    Inveraray Castle
    Eilean Donan Castle
    Kisimul Castle
    Cawdor Castle
    Dunvegan Castle
    Craigievar Castle
    Dunrobin Castle

  • ZigZagZigZag Member
    Not an easy one  :)
    I really enjoyed Inveraray. I love the green of the walls and the walk under the trees. It is very photogenic.
    And for ruins, I was impressed by Girnigoe. There was something special about the situation and the cliff.
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  • CherylebCheryleb Member ✭✭
    Blair Castle and Glamis are two of my favourite!  I have been desperate to visit Balmoral for some time also!
  • VisitScotlandMurielVisitScotlandMuriel Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    I love Glamis Castle too. I would love to see Dunnottar this year as I've never been!! Stirling Castle has been beautifully restored by Historic Environment Scotland and the Royal apartments are quite special
  • MarrakechExcursion1MarrakechExcursion1 Member
    edited October 2018
    I'm interested in visiting Scotland I find it breathtaking ... I would like to visit ASAP ... my next trip in Europe I will make it my first destination.
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