Scotland – Edinburgh CastleThis gigantic castle is the city of Edinburgh’s 3,000 year-old landmark. It is positioned atop an extinct volcano ledge and its hillside is constructed of craggy rocks. A great view of the city can be seen from the battlements. To get visitors in the mood, bagpipers often play in the surroundings of the castle. The fortress was built by King Edwin of Northumbria, for whom the castle and city is named, and from then on was home to Scottish Kings and Queens including Mary Queen of Scots. Inside, visitors can see the Scottish Crown, the Palace where Queen Mary gave birth to James VI, the Argyle Battery, the Vaults, the prison and more.
Scotland – Stirling CastleStirling is one of Scotland’s oldest towns, with heritage dating to Pre-Roman times. Stirling Castle is one of the monuments to this heritage, as it marks the home of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace, who defeated English armies in their battles for independence. Stirling held a key position as the protector of the pass into the Highlands and the highest navigable point in the region. Inside the castle, visitors today can view these 15th and 16th century walls, the Chapel Royal, The Great Hall and The Elphinstone Tower.
Culzean Castle and Country Park
Scotland – Culzean CastleCulzean Castle was built in 1772, and is one of Scotland’s most visited sites. The castle has a lovely collection of 18th Century furniture and the armory contains a large collection of weapons. The surrounding Country Park is breathtaking with the beautiful gardens overlooking the shore, and trails.
Open: Apr 1 through Oct 31 11am – 5:30pm daily
Entrance Fee: Adult �8, Children �6
Scotland – Urquhart CastleThe ruins of this castle are perched on a grassy ledge overlooking Loch Ness. Urquhart Castle has seen many battles and has survived as one of the largest castles in Scotland. In Its 500-year history, the castle has changed hands between the English and Scots many times.
Open: Summer 9:30am – 6:30pm daily, winter 9:30am – 4:30pm Mon – Sat, 11am – 4:30 Sunday.