This charming castle lies about a half mile of Culrain, and is about a ¼ mile walk from the train station. Situated on top of a hill, Carbisdale Castle overlooks the Kyle of Sutherland and is surrounded by steep hills of heather, fir trees and moss-covered woodlands. The castle itself is probably the most recently built in Scotland dating back only to 1906, but is designed to resemble an old castle. What is interesting about this castle is that it is also a Youth Hostel and an art museum. Its halls are elegantly decorated with marble statues, oil paintings and stylish furniture. During your stay here, you can take a tour of the castle with its secret rooms, and hike the many nearby woodland trails. Frequently a live Scottish bagpipe band plays for the guests. Reduced rates are offered to members of the Youth Hostel Association, but nonmembers are welcome as well.
Edinburgh’s 3,000 year-old landmark, Edinburgh Castle offers a great view of the city from its battlements. To give that authentic Scottish ambiance, bagpipers often play in the surroundings of the castle. This fortress was home to Scottish Kings and Queens including Mary Queen of Scots and King Edwin of Northumbria for whom the castle and city is named.
Inside, visitors can view the Scottish Crown, the room where Queen Mary gave birth to James VI, the Argyle Battery, the vaults and the prison.
The magical city of Inverness offers much more than the highly publicized Loch Ness monster. Mystical Urquhart Castle, perched on a grassy ledge overlooking Loch Ness, has seen many battles and has survived as one of the largest castles in Scotland. The castle has changed ownership between the English and Scottish many times throughout history. While here, you can also take a tour of the local Ord Whisky distillery, cotton mills and weavers, and enjoy fishing on Loch Ness.