9 Fairytale Castles To Visit In Scotland

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If you are looking for the best fairytale castles to visit in Scotland, look no further. Whatever it is that you picture when you imagine a castle, you are bound to find it in Scotland. Whilst Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle are perhaps the most famous castles in Scotland, there are many underrated castles waiting to be explored. Therefore we wanted to share our top 9 castles which you may not have heard of yet. It should be noted that most of the castles charge to explore inside, however you can still enjoy them from the outside for free.

1. CRAIGIEVAR CASTLE

CRAIGIEVAR, ABERDEENSHIRE

craigievar castle

This 17th century castle looks straight out of a storybook surrounded by the rolling hills of Aberdeenshire. The fairytale castle really is this pink and is said to be the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella castle.

2. DUNNOTTAR CASTLE

STONEHAVEN, ABERDEENSHIRE

dunnottar castle drone view

Dunnottar Castle is a ruined fortress located on a dramatic cliff top. The setting of the medieval fortress is mesmerising with the sound of the seabirds and the waves crashing off the rocks. We’d recommend visiting early to beat the crowds.

3. CASTLE FRASER

INVERURIE, ABERDEENSHIRE

couple in front of castle fraser in scotland

Castle Fraser is a very striking 15th century castle located in Inverurie. This castle has some quirky features including secret staircases, trapdoors and even a spy hole. Check out more Aberdeenshire castles to visit here.

In one word: Enchanting

4. DUNROBIN CASTLE

GOLSPIE, SUTHERLAND (NC500 ROUTE)

couple at dunrobin castle on the nc500 route

If you only have time to visit one Scottish castle, make sure it’s this one. The magical Dunrobin Castle resembles a French château with it’s many turrets. It’s interior is so grand and fascinating that we would definitely recommend paying in.

In one word: Grand

5. KILCHURN CASTLE

LOCHAWE, ARGYLL AND BUTE

highland cow at kilchurn castle

Kilchurn castle is a ruined fortress from the 15th century which sits proudly at Loch Awe. The ruins can be visited for free and be sure to look out for the many highland cows which roam the fields surrounding it. We definitely think spotting these furry friends is the best part.

In one word: Interesting

6. DRUMMOND CASTLE

CRIEFF, PERTHSHIRE

drummond castle gardens outlander filming spot

We would recommend visiting Drummond Castle in Perthshire purely for the incredible gardens. The symmetry and colours of the gardens in Spring is wonderful. Outlander fans may recognize this as a filming spot from season 2 where the castle gardens doubled as the Parisian Gardens of Versailles.

In one word: Stunning

7. EILEAN DONAN CASTLE

KYLE OF LOCHALSH

couple at eilean donan castle

 

eilean donan castle at sunset drone view

The hauntingly beautiful Eilean Donan Castle sits proudly on a tidal island where three lochs meet. It’s one of Scotland’s most famous castles and rightly so. The castle is located next to the bridge to the Isle of Skye and therefore many people visit on route to the island.

8. INVERARAY CASTLE

INVERARAY, ARGYLL AND BUTE

Inveraray castle in scotland

Inveraray Castle was built in the 1700s and is home to the Clan Campbell. It’s another of Scotland’s magical castles that you can picture in a Disney film. We highly recommend visiting the charming town of Inveraray too.

In one word: Romantic

9. ROWALLAN OLD CASTLE

ROWALLAN ESTATE, AYRSHIRE

couple outside rowallan old castle in ayrshire

If you have visited some Scottish castles and are looking to take things to the next level, perhaps it’s time to stay in a castle. There’s no better place to live out that dream than at Rowallan Old Castle. The incredible 12th century castle can be hired out on Airbnb which sleeps 10 people.

In one word: Magical

By ontheroadagaintravels.com

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