Scotland is such a beautiful country to explore, and with so much to see and do, you’ll be wanting to stay for a longer trip. This is especially true when seeing all the best castles in Scotland that are dotted around the country.
You see, it’s not only, Scottish culture, music, or Scottish food that makes this country amazing. It’s the history and stunning buildings, with the castles being no exception.
Take a look, below, at the best castles in Scotland to explore. Have the best trip.
Okay, let’s start with one of the most famous and best castles in Scotland, Edinburgh Castle.
Perched right in the heart of Edinburgh, the castle sits on top of the plug of an extinct volcano with the Royal Mile close by. Once here, make sure to spend some time exploring all the things to do in Edinburgh, see the Old and New Town and explore the castle grounds themselves.
It really is a special place.
Dunnottar Castle (in Stonehaven) was a total surprise to me and easily one of the best castles in Scotland to explore if you’re on the east coast.
Once here, take a ramble down to the rugged shoreline, explore the old castle grounds and buildings and learn more about a lion that once lived inside the castle walls. Yup, it’s true… this once used to be home to a lion.
Come rain or shine, this medieval castle is stunning to see and always looks so dramatic on the east coast.
Balmoral Castle is situated in Royal Deeside and probably one of the most famous castles for royalty in Scotland. Not only that, It’s one of the largest (in use) and best castles in Scotland to see when you’re in the east of the country.
A favourite of the Royal Family, Balmoral Castle is a regular retreat for the Queen to escape the hustle and bustle of Buckingham Palace. Nowadays, you can head in on tours of the castle (at certain times) and learn much more about the history of this stunning spot.
Drummond Castle & Gardens
Drummond Castle and Gardens is probably one of the best examples of formal terraced gardens in the whole of the UK. This alone makes it one of the best castles in Scotland to explore on a lovely summer day.
Take some time to wander around the grounds, see the gorgeous terraces and enjoy the beauty of this place.
One of the largest and historically important castles, Stirling Castle is one of the best castles in Scotland that’s easy to visit.
After heading to Stirling, head into the castle grounds and explore more of the medieval rooms, the families that lived here and learn more about the region itself.
Once home to the Clan Sempill and Forbes family, Craigievar Castle is now a beautiful example of a harled castle in Scotland. Now, before visiting Scotland, I had no idea what ‘harled’ actually meant.
Thankfully, you need to look no further than Craigievar as it’s easily one of the most iconic. Now, if you’re already around the Aberdeen area, it’s really easy to drive and visit this castle for a day trip. You won’t be disappointed.