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Scotland's association with the castle dates back hundreds of years, with the first structures being built around the 11th century. With around 2000 castles constructed over 900 years, the range of styles and features offered by Scotland's castles is unsurpassed. Many have survived as part of the country's rich heritage and are now open to the public, attracting thousands of visitors each year fascinated by the extensive, and often bloodthirsty, histories offered by these amazing buildings.
Edinburgh Castle © Stuart Caie
Stirling Castle is one of the most important fortresses in Scotland. Its long and bloody history dates back hundreds of years, with the castle playing a prominent part in the conflict between England and Scotland in the 13th and 14th centuries. Stirling Castle's most famous battle is undoubtedly the Battle of Bannockburn, on June 24th 1314. Mary Queen of Scots was crowned in Stirling Castle in 1543, whilst her son – James VI – was christened nearby in a parish church.
Stirling Castle © Finlay
Balmoral Castle is a stunning property built around 1854 for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Although it is relatively modern, it is strongly identified with traditional Scottish structures. Today the castle stands as a private home of the Royal family who visit it each autumn for around two months, as well as less formal visits throughout the year. The fine gardens and woods of the estate are visited by thousands of people each year.
Balmoral Castle © Stuart Yeates
Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, and certainly one of the most beautiful. Originally built in the 13th century as a defence against Viking invaders, Eilan Donan subsequently became a stronghold of the Mackenzies of Kintail. It was restored in 1919-1932 and regularly features as a wedding and film location. Notable films that used Eilean Donan include Highlander, The World is Not Enough and Made of Honor.
Eilean Donan Castle © Sonja Pieper
Urquhart Castle is located between Inverness and Fortwilliam, overlooking famous Loch Ness. The castle featured prominently in the Scottish battle for independence, and remained in English hands until Robert the Bruce - recently crowned King of Scotland - recaptured it in 1308. Urquhart is now a ruin, but was one of the grandest and most impressive fortresses in Scotland. Nowadays it is extremely popular with tourists hoping for a glance of the famous Loch Ness monster.
Urquhart Castle © Wknight94
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