From hilltop citadels to turreted palaces, Scotland is renowned for its iconic castles. Whether you’re interested in romantic ruins, imposing fortresses or tiny, hidden gems, each and every castle– and there are some 3,000 of them — has an intriguing tale to tell.
A tour of any of the great wine country regions of the world is an opportunity to explore culture, history, cuisine and wine in a single trip. Without exception, the scenery is beautiful, the people passionate, and the wine — nothing short of phenomenal.
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Hotel villa Mangiacane, located just 30 minutes south of the Duomo and central Florence in San Casciano Val di Pesa, Tuscany, is a 15th-century-Italian villa set upon 600 acres of flourishing vineyards and olive groves.
On the main tourist route to the Isle of Skye, about 134 miles from Inveraray, you’ll find Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most iconic images. Breathtakingly beautiful, it’s one of the most romantic castles I’ve ever seen.
Downton Abbey’s Duneagle Castle, setting for the season three finale of this wildly popular show, took place in Scotland at the real life Inveraray Castle, a place where I recently payed a visit. Inveraray Castle, the seat of the Duke of Argyll, head of the Campbell Clan, is located in an idyllic spot — on the north-west border of Loch Fyne amid some of the Highlands’ most impressive scenery.
Many peoples’ visions of vacations in Spain are overwhelmed by crowded beaches, partying teenagers and being harassed on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. The Paradores hotels rewrite all these preconceptions – the group of truly unique properties scattered across Spain’s rural, unspoilt regions and towns introduce visitors to a history-rich Spain.
The gloomy weather was the perfect setting for a visit to this stone-walled fortress that William the Conqueror began to construct in the 1070s. After all, it is the scene of murder, mystery and beheadings. Yes, it also houses the Crown Jewels, but the stories of the people who lived, loved and died here can be much more interesting than valuable gems.
Paris is often called the City of Light, although the nickname has nothing to do with the city’s actual light. Instead, the name refers to intellects and artists who came to the city, making it a place of enlightenment.
It is said that Northern Ireland’s Dunluce Castle may have been the inspiration for Cair Paravel in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. True or not, the location of the four thrones of High Kings is nowhere to be seen. But with such a mystical setting, it’s easy to see why C.S. Lewis could have been inspired by the ruins of this castle.