Posted by Carter | Under Castles
Wednesday Jun 22, 2016
Best Edinburgh Day Trips: Scotland Castle Tours
While Edinburgh offers one of the most spectacular castles in the region, the glorious and dominating Edinburgh Castle, the surrounding area of the city in the Scottish countryside also has a number of other castles that can be explored on fun Edinburgh day trips.
Make the most of your time in Edinburgh by renting a car and getting out of the city on a Scotland castle tour to see some of these top castles:
Balmoral Castle is located two hours north of Edinburgh, and is a stunning palatial castle amid breathtaking Scottish landscape. The castle was bought as a holiday home by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria in 1852 when it was rebuilt into the structure that still stands today. The original structure was commemorated by a stone on the front lawn. The castle is still part of the Royal Family’s legacy, although it does have open days when the grounds, exhibitions, gardens, cafe and gift shop are open to the public.
Located just over an hour-and-a-half from Edinburgh, Blair Castle is a beautiful white castle nestled in the stunning Scottish countryside. The large estate has had a fascinating history, including the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, a visit from Mary Queen of Scots, and some smuggler’s inheritance! The castle itself dates back to 1269, although it has been modified and rebuilt throughout the ages. Tickets for entry can be bought online and include tours of the rooms and the gardens.
Just two hours from Edinburgh, Inveraray Castle is the home of the dukes of Argyll and the seat of Clan Campbell. One of Scotland’s most famous stately homes, the castle was built in the 18th century and has some precious Beauvais tapestries on display, as well as stunning views across Loch Fyne, Scotland’s largest sea loch.
Cawdor Castle may be a slightly longer day trip, taking just over three hours to reach the castle from Edinburgh, but this beautiful castle, which has been built around a 15th-century tower house, is worth a few hours drive. The castle is most famous for its connections with the Shakespearian play Macbeth, as Shakespeare is said to have based his work on events that took place in the castle that stood here before this one.
Drive just over a couple of hours along the coast from Edinburgh and you will come to Dunnottar Castle. This medieval stone fortress is precariously placed on a rocky headland on the coast of Scotland. The castle is thought to have been fortified throughout its existence to last since it was built in the 15th century. Today you can visit the ruins of this once powerful castle that saw Jacobite risings and the Scottish Crown Jewels!
Named one of Scotland’s most beautiful castles, Glamis Castle is just over an hour from Edinburgh by car and dates back to the 14th century, while much of the current castle was rebuilt in the 17th century. The castle is also known as one of Scotland’s haunted castles, with a number of spooky stories and tales attached to it. Despite all of these stories the castle is probably most famous for being the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth and the birthplace of Princess Margaret. Take a tour of the castle and its grounds between Monday and Sundays.
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