Is it possible to have good Scotland vacations without visiting a few castles? Castles more or less dot the country side and sit right at the center of so many of the main cities. If you want to enjoy Scotland’s rich history you will find yourself at some sort of castle. Some of these castles are crumbling shells while others have been restored and you can spend the night in one of their stately rooms. There are even castles that you could get married in and rent the entire estate out for your wedding party.
A Short List of my Favorites
Haunted Borthwick Castle, this castle at first sight is so imposing with its gray brick and tall towers. The walls just growl “be ware!” The history in these buildings contains a ghost and a story to go along with it. People claim to see the ghost of a page boy that might be Mary Queen of Scots sneaking past a mob of 1000 men that had come to kill her husband. The best part is that it is in the Edinburgh area and is now a hotel.
Dunrobin Castle is a wonderful contrast to Borthwick. Parts of this castle date back to the 1300s, this castle looks like it comes right out of a fairy tale. White stone with sharp spires all over the place just screams Cinderella. One family has owned Dunrobin for over 700 years and they also have a ghost. Long ago a love sick girl fell to her death trying to escape the castle to meet her love.
Cowder Castle is the last of my short list. The photo that is on my site to represent this castle is so beautiful and makes it easy to dream about living there. This castle is extra famous because it was built around a holly tree where a donkey stopped. The donkey’s owner was told in a dream that this is where the castle should be built. The family still occupies this castle, but they do rent out a few holiday cottages.
Including these castles in your Scotland vacation will make your trip a truly wonderful experience. You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy them. If you want to have a memorable vacation then be sure to look for the artwork, architecture, gardens, and friendly people. You just can not go wrong with Scotland vacations.