When Scotland’s royals needed a break from the political intrigue of busy Edinburgh, they retreated to Linlithgow Palace, a regal getaway just 15 miles west of the city along the road linking Edinburgh with Stirling.
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.
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.
There aren’t many places more romantic than the Scottish Highlands. While traveling north from the town of Kilmartin in the west of Scotland, you can stop to climb a hill to the ruins of Carnasserie Castle.