Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Its rolling green pastures, unique culture, and rich history make it a must for anyone’s bucket list. The real beauty in visiting a different country is learning about the culture of those who live in it and to try to understand those that are different from you. This explains why historical tours are available in almost every tourist destination that you could imagine today, as you must know a country’s history in order to give context to its present. An easy, and breath-taking, way to experience Scottish history is through visiting its many famous castles. Their stories, from clan feuds to powerful monarchies, are a cardinal part of Scottish history and are an amazing way to experience the country.
Edinburgh Castle, located in the country’s capital, is one of the most frequented castles in Scotland, and rightfully so. Edinburgh Castle is seated atop an extinct volcano called the Castle Rock and has been human-inhabited since the second century A.D., and has been home to a royal resident since the 12th century. The castle has come under siege 26 times in the last 1100 years, making it one of the most besieged structures in the world. The resilience of the castle has taken on cultural significance to Scots as a sign of their own resilience in times of trouble, making a visit to the castle a great lesson in Scottish history, culture, architecture, and spirit.
A lesser known and harder-to-get-to castle than Edinburg, Eilean Donan is well worth the trip. It is located on an island at the entrance of Loch Duich, making it one of the most picturesque castles in the world. The castle’s form is reflected in the crystal blue water of Loch Duich, as is the image of the monstrous and powerful mountains surrounding it. Seeing nature and man-made structures fit so well together enhances the beauty of this spectacular building.
For the theater buffs out there, you might recognize the name of this castle from a popular play written by William Shakespeare: Macbeth. Glamis Castle is currently inhabited by the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, but is still open to the public.
We hope you’ll join us on our adventure to Scotland and Ireland this summer. Our trips are expertly designed to facilitate the best trip for the single traveler, so trust us to take you where you want to go!