Stately Homes and Castles
The castles of Scotland are a powerful demonstration of the country’s uneasy relations with its neighbour in the south once upon a time, as well as the lavish times of the past. The castles are some fully intact, and some just a clutter of stones; however, they are charming all the same. Some are in government custody while some are taken care of by preservation groups. Examples of these are the National Trust for Scotland, which is a charitable organization run by private individuals and the Historic Scotland, which is an agency of the government.
Dating back to the 13th century, this fortress is a triangular structure with walls of red sandstone. The fortress was the last tower of strength for the religious reforms struggle in the 1800s. Historic Scotland currently has the castle in its care, and is a popular destination for tourists.
Immersed in dramatic history, seventeen of Aberdeenshire’s most striking and famous castles can be found along the Castle Trail, within a radius of a 100 miles. This region of the country has more castles than anywhere else, and that is why it is known as the Castle Country. The magnificent Crathes, the austere Dunnottar, and the palatial Balmoral are among some of the most spectacular castles of this region. So, if you are a lover of history, and want to touch the past, then this is the place for you.
Located atop the Castle Rock, the skyline of the city is dominated by the historic fortress of Edinburgh Castle. Cared for by Historic Scotland, it is the most frequently visited destination by tourists.
It is probably the most captivating castle of the country, and the castle in the movie Brave was inspired by this beauty.
Seat of the Duke of Roxburghe, the Floors Castle is a majestic fortress with cupolas, pinnacles, and grand turrets.
This splendid castle is a connection between Macbeth and the Queen Mother, royalty of Britain. Situated in the fertile lands of the valley of Strathmore, it is the seat of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne.
Mary, the Queen of the Scots, travelled to this foreboding and dark castle so she can meet her lover, the Earl of Bothwell.
Home of the Queen of Scots, the Stirling castle has been restored beautifully, and is one of the most excellent palaces of Renaissance in Great Britain.
Lochs and Mountains
Scotland is well-known for its glassy lakes and its snow peaked mountains. Although some of the lakes in the Lowland are amazing, you must leave the cities and south to visit the spectacular lochs and mountains. Scotland has been abundantly blessed with nature, so wherever you go, you are likely to find great sceneries.
The striking Ben Nevis looms over the Fort William. It does not matter what time of the year you visit; you will always be able to see snow on its peak.
Cairngorms National Park
Half of the region’s highest summits reside in the Great Glen, with many present in the Cairngorms National Park. It is an ideal location for skiing, sighting reindeer, and hiking.
Some of the excellent mountain scenery can be found in Glen Torridon, which is located in the Northern Highlands to Shieldaig’s east.
With a fantastic sight of the Trossachs, the Ben An can be climbed from this lovely loch.
Located in the centre of the Trossachs, Loch Katrine was the background of The Lady of the Lake, which was a narrative poem written by Walter Scott. The Sir Walter Scott steamer can be taken if you visit in summers.
Famous and noted for its birdlife, Loch Leven is situated in Fife. It is also the place where the deed of abdication was signed by the Queen of Scots while she was in an island prison.
With sparkling shores, plenty of options for water sports, and pretty vistas, the Loch Lomond is among the most well-known lakes of Scotland, and is at a distance of twenty minutes from the city of Glasgow.
With the Slioch Mountain and Scots pines framing it, the Loch Maree is one of the most picturesque lakes of Scotland.