Written by K.C. Dermody
Scotland is simply one of the most spectacular countries in the world, full of magical places to visit. If you're lucky enough to be traveling there, you'll want to be sure and include the country's most fascinating historical castles on your itinerary. Here are four not-to-be-missed magnificent Scottish castles.
Dunvegan Castle sits on a wild and remote corner of Scotland on the eastern shore of the Isle of Skye off Scotland's west coast. The journey to the island is just as amazing as visiting the castle itself. To get there you'll travel through the famed Scottish Highlands with dramatic vistas of towering heather covered mountains and cascading waterfalls at nearly every turn.
The castle is on the northwest shore of the isle and it's said to be the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland, with parts of the castle dating back to the ninth century. View the ancient Fairy Flag and hear the many fascinating stories of the battles between the MacLeods and the MacDonalds, the two major clans on the Isle of Skye.
The castle is open daily between April 1 and October 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and admission is £9.00 for adults and £4.50 for children five through 15.
Eileen Donan Castle
On your way to the Isle of Skye, just before the Skye Bridge, you'll spot Eileen Donan Castle. It's one of Scotland's most iconic images, and the setting of many Hollywood films, including The Highlander. Surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery, and perched on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, you'll want to be sure and get your camera ready.
Eileen Donan is open daily from March 1 to October 31, with adult admission just £6.00 or £15.00 per family.
Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, is one of Europe's most beautiful, and home to a medieval castle located right in the heart of the city. Edinburgh Castle sits atop an extinct volcano and is considered a powerful symbol of Scotland's heritage.
Here you'll discover the Honour of Scotland, its dazzling crown jewels, and view one of the world's oldest guns, "Mons Meg," a medieval siege gun. Explore the magnificent palace rooms, and you'll feel like you're a part of Scotland's ancient times.
This castle is open to the public year-round, and admission is £14.00 for adults and £8.20 for children.
While Scotland is well known for its haunted past, Fyvie Castle may be one of the most interesting to house one or more spirits. Whether or not you're fascinated by the paranormal, the castle's history is enough to warrant a visit. Here you can view a collection of arms, armour and paintings in its stunning Edwardian interiors.
Fyvie is located in the lowlands of Aberdeenshire in the northeast Highlands. The castle was completed by William the Lion 900 years ago, in 1211, and has an impressive air of mystery and romance. The castle, shop and tearoom are open to the public from April 1 through October 31. Admission is £11 for an adult or £27 per family.
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