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February 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 114

Scotland has a very tumultuous history and this is reflected in its castle heritage. With over a thousand castles or castle ruins to be discovered in the Northeast of Scotland there is a huge wealth of history to discover. Scotland boasts an amazing collection of castles, towers and fortresses each depicting its own personal experience through Scotland's turbulent past; from tales of horrific battles to walking though pretty estates. Some stand as great symbols of grandeur and are impressive breathtaking structures such as Edinburgh castle, Stirling Castle and Eilean Donan. However Scotland is also dotted with less opulant examples such as Urqhuart Castle which is situated perfectly on the banks of Loch Ness and can be found in a more ruinous state, but still with great beauty and appeal.

Edinburgh Castle is obviously one of the most impressive castles in Scotland, housing the Crown Jewels of Scotland, the one o'clock gun, the stone of destiny and the National war museum of Scotland. As a major scottish icon recognised across the world, there is plenty to see and do including just simply appreciating the spectacular views across Edinburgh. The castle itself has a very complex building history with specific areas dated from the 12th century through to the 16th and World War One.

One Architypal Scottish Castle would have to be Eilean Donan Castle, ruined in the 18th century by a Jacobite rising and restored to its former glory two centuries later, it is certainly a very photographed and appreciated castle. Its striking location lends it to be one of the most beautiful castles in Scotland. It is positioned on an island at the point where three great sea Lochs meet, providing it with stunning views and majestic surroundings lending itself to being one the most visited attractions in the Highlands.

A third castle of interest is Urqhuart Castle, which although still holding its impressive nature, is a ruined castle situated beside the Loch Ness. In its day Urqhuart was a majestic and remarkable stronghold for medieval Scotland because of its position on the headland looking out on Loch Ness, however after being blown up in 1692 to prevent it becoming a Jacobite stronghold the castle was left in ruin with only its tower left standing. You can visit the castle today as well as its National trust visitor centre which is run by Historic Scotland, it includes a restaurant, exhibition and film show about the Castle and its remarkable surroundings.

Stirling Castle is truly a extraordinary sight perched high on volcanic rock with views over the old Scottish battlefields and Stirling bridge. There is definitely an air of royalty and prestige about the castle as many of Scotland's royalty used to revel in its delights just the same as visitors can do now. A very interactive visit can await anyone coming to Stirling Castle, from creating your own coat of arms to painting your own stirling head. The castle includes many buildings including the James V Royal Pace which has recently be restored to its beautiful renaissance glory.

Scotland's castles have brought alot of tourism into the country with every castle bringing out visitor'simaginations and inspiring them to look into their history and heritage, this makes them one of the most popular attractions in Scotland. Aberdeenshire is home to Scotland's only castle trail, consisting of 16 castles, stately homes and fortresses, you can travel from one to the other, discovering the romance behind Scotlands most impressive homes.

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