Scottish Castle Trails - Capercaillie Escapes
Castle Baggers – an affectionate name for those who love to visit incredible and historic castles around the world…where better to start than here in beautiful Scotland?
As a special Easter treat we’ve been taking you on a wee taster tour of some of our Scottish Castle Trails from across the country. A castle a day for the holidays…
First stop, the beautiful 13th century Fyvie Castle near Ellon in Aberdeenshire which offers great lochside walks, a superb collection of arms and paintings, as well as a restored 1903 racquet court and a bowling alley. Robert the Bruce was a visitor here and you’ll be most welcome.
Next to East Lothian just south of Edinburgh where you’ll find the medieval fortress of Tantallon Castle built in the mid-14th century which overlooks the Firth of Forth and Bass Rock. As seat of the Douglas Earls of Angus this prominent castle has played host to great sieges throughout history.
Where in Scotland are we now?
This is the incredible Dunnottar Castle on the north east coast of Scotland just south of Aberdeen. A medieval fortress jutting out into the North Sea you can enjoy local walks along the cliffs for stunning views up the coast to Stonehaven and take iconic shots of this great ruined castle.
On Easter Sunday our Scottish Castle Trail took us to the Kingdom of Fife to visit Falkland Palace. Set in the heart of the quaint village of Falkland at the foot of the Lomond Hills this palace has a rich regal history as a favourite retreat for James IV, James V, Mary Queen of Scots and more recently home to the Crichton-Stuarts. Now managed by the National Trust you can enjoy a wonderful tour of this fantastic castle and the ruined remains of the original 12th century castle of the McDuff family. For any fans of the hit TV series Outlander you will recognise Falkland Palace and it’s a must for your itinerary on a tour of Scotland.
Head to the islands next…the west coast of Scotland is home to stunning diverse scenery (and lots of fantastic historic castles!)
Dunvegan Castle in the north of the Isle of Skye has been home to the Chiefs of the Clan MacLeod for over 800 years. Built on a rocky outcrop, and at one time surrounded by water, the castle also has beautiful formal gardens and a local seal colony which you can enjoy whilst visiting.
On the final day of our castle trails taster we want to bring you back to our beautiful capital city of Edinburgh. Dominating the skyline of the city, Edinburgh Castle stands upon Castle Rock (an extinct volcano) and, in one form or another, dates back to the 12th century but it has also served as military barracks. The castle has been at the centre of many sieges throughout the centuries but now in the hands of Historic Scotland offers a fantastic insight to this varied history. The castle is also the home to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo throughout August every year. There is so much to see in Edinburgh but the castle is a great place to start…
Looking for an interesting and fun castle trail for your holiday to Scotland?
Get in touch and we’ll be happy to create a tailored self-drive tour that suits you…travel, accommodation, sights, activities and fantastic food and drink…we can’t wait to welcome you to Scotland!