Castles

Castles in Scotland

Dunrobin Castle - Is the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms.  Dunrobin Castle is also one of Britain’s most continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland. The Castle is on the east coast of the Northern Highlands overlooking the Moray Firth, just north of the villages of Golspie and Dornoch (famous for its cathedral and Royal Dornoch Golf Club), Dunrobin Castle is open annually from 1st April to 15th October and includes a museum, restaurant and tea room, gift shop.

Cawdor Castle -  A magical name, romantically linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth. A superb fairy-tale Castle, and just what every visitor is looking for - Scottish history that you can touch and see and sense for yourself. Cawdor Castle is a splendid house and the home of the Cawdor family to this day. 

Eilean Donan Castle - As one of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is recognised all around the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish highlands. 

Brodie Castle - Set in peaceful parkland, this fine 16th-century tower house is packed with enough art and antiques to keep connoisseurs happy all day. It contains fine French furniture; English, continental and Chinese porcelain; and a major collection of paintings, including 17th-century Dutch art, 19th-century English watercolours, and early 20th-century works.

The Castle of Mey - The former holiday home of the late Queen Mother is the most northerly castle on the British mainland. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother first saw what was then Barrogill Castle in 1952, while mourning the death of her husband, King George VI.

Falling for its isolated charm and hearing it was to be abandoned, she decided to save it.  Having acquired the most northerly inhabited castle on the British mainland, The Queen Mother renovated and restored it and created the beautiful gardens you see today. For almost half a century she spent many happy summers here and shorter visits at other times of the year.

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