There are approximately 1,500 castles in the UK, many dating back to the 6th century AD and earlier. You’ll find a wide variety of structures in varying conditions; from fairytale castles to others that are a pile of ruins, and everything in between. Visiting these historical locations is high on my bucket list, and I have managed to see a few during my travels in the UK. Here are a few of my favorites.
Dunrobin Castle in northern Scotland looks like a fairytale castle and seems a bit out of place in the rugged, craggy hills of The Highlands. It is the home of the Sutherland family and is still occupied today. The castle and gardens are stunning.
Not far from Dunrobin on a small hill overlooking Loch Fleet, are the ruins of Skelbo Castle. Dating back to the 1100s, this is an interesting place to visit. It was once attacked by Robert the Bruce.
Edinburgh Castle is one of the most popular castles in the UK. This mighty fortress set on Castle Rock at the end of the Royal Mile, is an imposing image in the city. Its early history is a bit unclear, but it is estimated that it dates back to the 2nd century AD.
Thanks to my dear friend, Lisa Baker for the photo above of the castle in the distance, and to my dear sister, Nancy Johnson for the one below.
We visited the castle many years ago on a trip we took with my sister and her family. My daughter was a youngster at the time, but had a great time there. Keep this location in mind if you’re traveling with children.
In the southern part of Scotland are the ruins of Crichton Castle. Check out my blog post from last month for a little history and details on this location.
Culzean Castle, also in Scotland overlooks the Firth of Clyde and dates back to the 17th century. Rumor has it that seven ghosts live here. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Room located on the top floor was dedicated in recognition of his role as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in WWII. Thanks to theTravelsketcher for the drawing shown below.
Located on the coast of Northern England is Bramburg Castle. Dating back to the 6th century, it was used as a location in two Harry Potter films.
Clifford’s Tower, once part of York Castle is also an interesting place to visit. There are 110 steps to the top, but it is well worth the climb for views of York and the surrounding area.
Do you have some favorite castles in the UK? If so, please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you. I hope to return someday soon to visit many more.
Wishing you grand adventures, when it’s safe to do so,