Castles worth seeing in scotland
A visit to Scotland just wouldn’t be right without visiting some of its beautiful castles. With over 250 castles you can visit, you could spend months in the Scottish highlands reliving battles of old when Scotland and England were at war. No doubt you’ll only have a few days so we’ve picked our top castles to see in Scotland. Here’s our favourites.
Starting with an easy one, you really can’t miss this castle. A symbol of Scottish Independence if ever there was one. Built more than a thousands years ago it sits on a hilltop looking down over the city of Edinburgh. It was the venue for some of the most gruesome battles in Scottish history, including a doomed defense by Kirkcaldy of Grange in the name of Mary Queen of Scots in 1573.
Getting there: You can get to Edinburgh by air, rail or road of course. The train station is right next to the castle and clearly visible. There’s no parking at the castle itself so if you’re driving you can park at Castle Terrace or Johnston Terrace and walk up the castle hill.
Price: Adults are £14.50, children are £8.60. You can book tickets for Edinburgh Castle online too.
More info: Check out the Edinburgh Castle website.
One of the most beautiful castles in Scotland, if not the world, Stirling Castle was built in 1540 and was renowned for its impregnable fortress. Partly from its ingenious design and partly its location on a rocky crag. It’s also the site of William Wallace’s famous victory over the English in 1297. There’s some impressive buildings and rooms here including Scotland’s largest medieval banqueting hall.
Getting there: Stirling Castle is in the centre of Stirling. It’s easily accessible by road and there’s regular trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Open hours: Summer: 1 April – 30 September, Monday – Sunday, 9.30am to 6pm. Winter: 1 October – 31 March, Monday – Sunday 9.30am to 5pm.
Price: Adult £13, children £6.50
More info: Visit stirlingcastle.gov.uk for details and purchasing tickets.
Probably the most famous castle in Scotland thanks to its modern day use by the Royal family. Rebuilt by Queen Victoria, this is a real tourist hot spot and for good reason. The large and beautifully maintained grounds are worth visiting alone and you’ll usually only get access to the ballroom. Members of the royal family are can sometimes be spotted here and the working castle employs many locals too.
Getting there: Balmoral is 50 miles east of Aberdeen between Ballater and Braemar. There are regular trains to Aberdeen and a bus service to Braemar. It’s situated on the A93 at Crathie
Open hours: 1st April to 31st July. 10a.m. to 5 p.m. Last entry at 4pm.
Price: Adults £9, children £5. Includes an audio guide in English, French, German and Italian.
More info: Go to balmoralcastle.com for the latest events and information on Balmoral.