This morning, I am continuing my Scottish castles theme with information on five further castles which I have visited in context of my Scotland Tours, viz:

Glamis Castle: This is located on the east of Scotland and is certainly accessible within the day from Edinburgh. Glamis, which  pronounced ‘Glarms’, has long association with the British Royal Family, in particular the late Queen Mother. This castle evolved out of hunting lodge around the 13th century. It is now something of a fairy tale castle located in pleasant grounds and benefits from an interesting garden. A very popular tourist destination. There is usually a herd of Highland Cows nearby which are popular with photographers.

Glamis Castle

 

Inveraray Castle: This magnificent 18th century mansion is home to the Duke of Argyll  who is also Chief of Clan Campbell. Adam designed and full of paintings, furniture and armour. Set in pleasant gardens and grounds close to the town of Inveraray which itself is an usual 18th century planned town. Very popular with coach tours and tourists during the summer months.

Inveraray Castle

St. Andrews Castle: Located in the historic town of St. Andrews on the Fife Coast. St. Andrews is also famous for golf, particularly the Old Course and its university. This castle is in a ruined state. Perhaps not a priority visit when in Scotland more for the aficionados of castle architecture.

St Andrews Castle

Blair Castle: Located in central Scotland not far from Pitlochry. Ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl. A very well presented castle with a history dating back to around the 12th century. Well endowed with grounds and gardens. Home of the Atholl Highlanders, Britain’s only private army. Very popular with coach tours and visitors during the summer.

Blair Castle

Dunrobin Castle: Located north of Inverness in the Highlands. Home to the Dukes of Sutherland. Another ‘fairy tale’ castle (with French chateau influence) financed by wealth generated from huge landholdings. Very photogenic with pleasant garden and a private museum. In my view the visitor experience on the inside is sub-optimal.

Dunrobin Castle

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