Step into a Fairytale: Exploring Enchanting Castles in Scotland

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  • Scotland

  • City Travel

  • Sustainable Travel

  • Outdoors

  • History

  • Sightseeing

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From the moment you set foot inside a Scottish castle, you'll be transported to a realm of elegance and glamour, where every corner whispers tales of bygone eras. As you wander through lavishly decorated halls and explore sumptuous rooms, you can't help but feel like a true royal. Enjoy the luxury of experiencing life as it was once known, as you immerse yourself in the grandeur and opulence that these castles have to offer.

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Where to stay in Scotland

Inverlochy Castle Hotel

19th Century Scottish castle with palatial interiors with sporting, golfing, hunting and yacht experiences.

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Crossbasket Castle

A 17th-century castle turned into a luxurious hotel with Victorian-style design and amenities worthy of a royal.

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Dalhousie Castle Hotel

A historic and enchanting castle hotel in Scotland, offering luxurious accommodations and a glimpse into the past with its rich history and elegant surroundings.

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Things to do in Scotland

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Most Famous Castles in Scotland

Edinburgh Castle

Perched atop an extinct volcano in the heart of Edinburgh, this iconic fortress offers panoramic views of the city. Explore its ancient walls, the Crown Jewels, and the historic Stone of Destiny, all while reliving Scotland's fascinating past.

Stirling Castle

Rising proudly on a rugged hilltop, Stirling Castle played a pivotal role in Scottish history. Discover the grandeur of its Renaissance architecture, stroll through the lavish Royal Palace and relish the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

Dunnottar Castle

Majestically seated on a rocky cliff overlooking the North Sea, Dunnottar Castle is an awe-inspiring sight to behold. Immerse yourself in the haunting beauty of its ruins and let your imagination run wild with tales of kings, knights and hidden treasures.

Most Beautiful Castles in Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle

Nestled amid the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands, Eilean Donan Castle is a picture-perfect gem. With its fairy tale-like appearance and picturesque location on a small island, it provides a truly magical experience and is a photographer's dream.

Culzean Castle

A masterpiece of Georgian architecture, Culzean Castle boasts spectacular cliff-top views over the Firth of Clyde. Explore its opulent interiors, delightful gardens and be captivated by its romantic charm.

Glamis Castle

Deeply rooted in history and folklore, Glamis Castle is known for its elegant architecture and captivating tales of ghosts and secrets. Wander through its opulent rooms and discover the inspiration behind Shakespeare's "Macbeth."

Places to eat & drink in Scotland

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Treat your taste buds to the flavors of Scotland by exploring the culinary delights near these mystical castles. You'll find charming tearooms, traditional pubs, and gourmet restaurants serving local delicacies. Don't miss the opportunity to savor traditional haggis, Scottish salmon and whisky tastings. Some dining recommendations include:

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Kelly Hendrix’s guide, Culture & Adventure in Scotland: Edinburgh and Loch Lomond.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Scotland.