Castles / Castle ruins

Ardross Castle, in Ardross by Alness, Easter Ross, north of Inverness: weddings, with ample accommodation; otherwise not normally accessible but the Gardens are spectacular and open to visitors; some old exotic trees. More info

Ardvreck Castle ruin, located in Loch Assynt, north-west Sutherland. Legendary, in magnificent and geologically important environment; a must on your tour of Living Landscape of Coigach and Assynt; More info on its history

Armadale Castle, Sleat, Island of Skye: beautiful gardens and woodland. Very interesting Clan Donald Centre; Museum of the Island. Accommodation. More info

Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, near Ballater, Aberdeenshire – our royal family’s summer residence, hence no access after 31st July; wedding receptions and accommodation; audio handset tours in English/German. More info

Blair Castle, located at Blair Atholl, gateway to the Highlands; famous for Atholl Highlanders, beautiful grounds; wedding venue. More info

Castle Leod, Strathpeffer, Easter Ross, historic seat of Clan Chief Mackenzie, (Outlander relevance & wedding venue) More info

Castle of Mey, north coast of Caithness, formerly summer residence of Queen Mother, now National Trust for Scotland; occasional visits by Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay with his wife. Wedding venue. Ticket includes unmissable walled garden and visit to home farm (small rare breeds collection); accommodation in Captain’s House. More info

Cawdor Castle, near Nairn in Morayshire, beautiful 17th c. gardens and ancient woodland, golf course/putting green, café/restaurant, potential to visit Auchindoune Tibetan Garden. More info

Duart Castle, Isle of Mull, for 700 years seat of Clan MacLean, superb stronghold, perched on a high outcrop, very visible from the Oban ferry to Mull; wedding venue, tours of castle; Mull produce and Afternoon Teas in Castle Café. More info

Dunrobin Castle, Golspie, on coast of East Sutherland including Versailles-inspired garden. falconry and excellent museum. Café/restaurant, shop. Would combine well with visit to near-by broch visit and/or woodland walk. More info

Dunvegan Castle, northwest Skye; seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod; interesting castle tour, gardens, café, accommodation, weddings, film location, e.g. ‘Highlander’. More info

Edinburgh Castle, top of the Royal Mile; if our capital is your point of arrival or departure; steeped in Scottish history (would require overnight stay in Edinburgh) More info

Eilean Donan Castle, located at Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh, West Highlands; Jacobite history, weddings, film location, accommodation. More info

Gordon Castle Highland Games, mid-May, Gordon Castle Estate, Fochabers. Also suitable for wedding receptions, with a traditionally designed formal garden. More info

Holyrood Palace, bottom of the Royal Mile,if our capital is your point of arrival or departure (would require overnight stay in Edinburgh). More info

Scone Palace located north of Perth on your route north if you arrive at Edinburgh Airport for your visit to the Highlands. Both castle and grounds are steeped in history. Wedding receptions. More info

Urquhart Castle ruin, west of Inverness, Nessie’s cave rumoured to be underneath ruin of banqueting hall, deepest part of Loch Ness; video about Castle history; good shop and café/restaurant. More info

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