Dreamy castles, beautiful countryside, and of course, scotch whisky. Today I’m going to share with you a Scottish road trip full of Scotland’s fascinating castles.
A. Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle is an architectural fortress, sitting atop castle hill, and surrounded on three sides by dangerously steep cliffs. The castle dates back to the 12th century, with newer buildings built in 1490 and 1600. Fun Fact: Many a Scottish Kings and Queens were crowned at Stirling Castle.
Nearby is the National Wallace Monument where you can climb the 246 step spiral stair case to the top and enjoy the view.
B. Inveraray Castle
Built in 1743, this castle is open for public tours even though the 13th Duke, and his family, still live upstairs. Not only can you tour the inside, but you are welcome to stroll around the perfectly manicured 16 acre garden as well. Fun Fact: This castle was used in a Christmas episode of Downtown Abbey.
C. Duart Castle
Original structure built in 1350, then updated in 1700. Unfortunately while we were there the outside walls were surrounded by scaffolding due to some minor repair work. Located on the Isle of Mull, where you can also get your whisky drinking on at Tobermory Whisky Distillery, and hang out in the brightly painted town of Tobermory.
D. Eilean Donan Castle
After leaving The Scottish Isles take a drive up the A82 for one of the most scenic drives in Scotland. The most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan castle is just as impressive on the inside as the outside. If you only make it to one castle in Scotland then make it this one.
E. Urquhart Castle
Continue on your spectacular route through the Highlands to Urquhart Castle. Built in the 12oos, this ruined stronghold overlooks the Loch Ness. You have free reign to explore the estate and try to catch a glimpse of Nessie, the Loch Ness monster.
F. Dunottar Castle
This site is believed to have been started in the early middle ages, however the structures of Dunottar Castle have been around since the 15th century. Fun Fact: The Scottish Crown Jewels were hidden here in the 17th century. This castle has it all – perfectly situated on a cliff, it includes the tower house, a chapel, and the main castle. If you are looking for true medieval history with some of Scotland’s most notorious stories, than this is the castle for you.
G. Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle is a monumental Castle, and one of Scotland’s best tourist attractions. Give yourself an entire day to explore this beauty and really dive back into history. There is so much to see; from the great hall, the stone of destiny, the torture rooms to the extraordinary crown jewels. Before leaving make a stop in the Queen Anne Tearoom for delectable bites and some lovely tea.
Scotland is fully of enticing history and magical places. Driving through this countryside is absolutely breathtaking. Enjoy the drive.
Have you been to Scotland? What is your favorite stop?
**All photos from this post were taken with the GoPro**