Edzell Castle is a ruined 16th-century castle, with an early-17th-century walled garden. Restricted opening times and entrance charges apply. It is now a private residence. Set on the Isle of Bute in a busy stretch of Viking controlled waters, the castle survived several Norse attacks to become a royal residence of the Stewart Kings of Scotland. The castle has been home to the Craufurds of Craufurdland since 1245. If you explore near the sea you will eventually run into St. Andrews Castle. Today a private residence, and not open to public. Usually free and open access at any reasonable time. Checking the map, we saw there was another castle ruins to investigate. The color of Edzell Castle makes it stand out on its own. Restricted opening times and entrance charges apply. Depending on flight times you may have time to see Doune Castle (notorious for a Monty Python scene but also a remarkable 14th century castle) and Stirling Castle, second only to Edinburgh for varied historical interest over the centuries.. A inscription with the initials of Robert Maxwell, and his wife can be seen above the doorway. Foulis Castle itself is mentioned briefly in records that date back to the 14th century although the original Tower of Foulis was believed to have been built in 1154. '),newpoints=new Array(57.6656,-1.9736,icon1," Cairnbulg Castle ",' Cairnbulg Castle, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Grampian
Owned by: Fraser family
Intact 13th century fortified tower house, built at a time when this area of north east Scotland was under constant threat of Viking attack. Usually free and open access at any reasonable time during summer months. There has been a castle on the site since the 12th century. Restricted opening times and entrance charges apply. The castle remained occupied until the mid-19th century. To really be able to experience all of what this castle has to offer plan on spending 2 hours or more if you are a real history lover. The castle dates from the 13th Century, but the ruins are from the 15th/16th Century. His grandson, John de Maccuswell, was first Lord Maxwell of Caerlaverock. The castle has been in the family for over 600 years and lies amidst 1300 acres of walled parkland. Dining at the castle is also a treat, as it is a Michelin guide recommendation for several years. '),newpoints=new Array(56.045855,-2.778195,icon1," Dirleton Castle ",' Dirleton Castle, Dirleton, Lothian
Owned by: Historic Scotland
Substantial remains of medieval fortress. The Boyds had been gifted the lands on which the castle stands by King Robert I as a reward for their support at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. Careston Castle, also known as Caraldston Castle, is an L-plan tower house dating from the 16th century. The castle was formerly known as Lindsay Tower, after its former owners, the Lindsay family. The castle is not open to the public; however the grounds are freely accessible. The late-17th-century Meggernie Castle is situated near the head of the long and narrow valley of Glen Lyon. Cranshaws is a privately owned 15th-century tower. However, there are passes you can buy that will include certain ones. The current building was erected in 1820 by Sir William Cunninghame, and exists on the site of an earlier fortress of 15th Century origin. Mapa Scotland Charity established June 2012 The gardens were added later by his son in the early 1600’s. It was the historic home of the Hunter-Blair Baronets and remained in the family possession until 2012, when it was sold to a Chinese company. The 12 year old Lady Marjorie was imprisoned in the Tower of London, locked in a cage and forbidden to speak. The castle was built about 1326 by Sir John Campbell of Lochawe on an island, or crannog, in a loch, now drained. It was built in 1790 by Donald Maclachlan. One of Scotland's oldest stone castles with a huge curtain wall, it was captured by Robert the Bruce in 1309 and remained in royal possession for some years after. Once the seat of the Gordon family. Alright, I admit it was definitely a drive to Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye. Originally built in the 13th century, it was damaged during the Scottish Wars of Independence before being rebuilt in the late 14th century by Robert Stewart, the son of King Robert II of Scotland. Taymouth stands on the site of the much older Balloch Castle (built in 1550), which was demolished to be rebuilt on a much larger scale in the early 19th century by the Campbells of Breadalbane.