I love me a Scottish castle.
Castles are full of history, magic and stories. There is always something to be learned in one of Scotland’s many castles. When I’m really unsure of what to do or where to go for an adventure, heading to a castle or stately home is high on the list of options.
As with everything, I have my favourites; places I’ve been to time and again and still love going back. I also have places I’d love to visit at some point.
I first visited Eilean Donan a few years ago during a family holiday. We actually stayed in the holiday rental cottage on the Castle grounds, meaning that every time we looked out of the window or left the cottage, we’d see the castle in all her glory. Eilean Donan holds a special place in my heart. Great family memories and it’s also on the road to the Isle of Skye, so if I ever drive past, I know I’m going somewhere exciting.
I visited Doune Castle last summer on an absolute whim. I’d been running some errands and didn’t really want to go home, so off I toddled, following random road signs that took my fancy.
The eagle-eyed among you will recognise Doune Castle as Castle Leoch from Outlander, or as Castle Douglas in Outlaw King. Doune Castle is frequently used as a film location, as it’s one of the last few examples of this particular style of castle left in Scotland.
Not technically a castle but a palace, I’m including it anyway. Linlithgow lies along the M9 to Edinburgh, and the Palace and Loch are visible from the road. I make a point of always looking for its unique spire whenever I drive past.
Linlithgow Palace was one of my regular haunts when I was younger and my dad would take my brother and I on trips to let my mum sleep after nightshifts. It was always one of my suggestions when deciding where to go.
Now the next two Scottish castle to feature on this list have not actually been visited by moi. They are two which feature very heavily on my must visit list. I am really looking forward to having the chance to go.
Have you ever seen a more fairytale-like castle? Every time I see an image of Dunrobin on Instagram or Facebook I always give it
Its location so far up in the Highlands does mean that it won’t ever likely be a spur of the moment trip, but I am determined that I will visit Dunrobin Castle at some point.
Another fabulous Scottish Castle to feature in both Outlander and Outlaw King, amongst others, Blackness Castle is definitely on my list of must-visit locations. I’m making a note to try and visit as many Outlander filming locations as possible along this travel journey of mine.
There you have it; my favourite castles in Scotland. What are yours? Let me know in the comments below, and if you’ve any castle recommendations then please leave them down below.