Top 5 Castles to visit in The Scottish Highlands

These are the top favourite castles our guests have visited and recommended They are also our favourites too Our Cottage and Bed and Breakfast is located in the perfect spot to be the hub of your adventure Why not book your stay with us and hop from one Castle to another Start your journey at Dunrobin Castle and finish

Top 5 Castles to visit in The Scottish Highlands

Top 5 Castles to Visit in The Scottish Highlands

Let’s discover the most beloved top 5 Castles to visit in the Scottish highlands,  as recommended by our guests—they’re also our personal favorites! situated in an ideal location, our Cottage and Bed and Breakfast serve as the perfect hub for your adventure.

Start your journey at Dunrobin Castle and finish at the legendary Lochness Urquhart Castle, this is a full loop all the way around the famous NC500!
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Perched on cliffs overlooking the North Sea, Dunrobin Castle, a Highland jewel dating back to the 13th century, offers a fairytale-like experience. Explore grand halls, secret staircases, and magnificent gardens. Begin your castle-hopping adventure at our strategically located Cottage and Bed and Breakfast.
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Opening Hours and Seasons:

April – October Daily 10.30 am – 4.30 pm Last entry is 4 pm

Admission Fees:

Currently £14 per person. Discounts for seniors, children, and families

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

  1. How much does it cost to visit the Castle?

The entrance fees for Dunrobin Castle can vary. For the latest information on ticket prices and tour options, it’s recommended to check the official Dunrobin Castle website.

  1. Is Dunrobin Castle on the NC500?

Yes, Dunrobin Castle is conveniently located near the North Coast 500 (NC500) route, making it a delightful stop for travelers exploring this iconic road trip.

  1. Does Dunrobin Castle have a cafe?

Absolutely! Dunrobin Castle features a charming cafe where visitors can enjoy a selection of refreshments and meals. It’s a perfect spot to relax and savor the picturesque surroundings.

  1. How much does it cost to visit Dunrobin Castle?

The cost of admission to Dunrobin Castle may vary, so it’s advisable to check the official website for the most up-to-date information on entrance fees and available tours.

The Castle & Gardens of Mey: A Royal Retreat

Source: Photo on the right: Mystery tycoon gives Royal Family £150,000 to replace windows at draughty Scottish castle – [Link to Original Article] Photo on the left: Front page image from www.castleofmey.org.uk

Once the cherished home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, The Castle & Gardens of Mey exudes warmth and charm against the coastal backdrop. Immerse yourself in the intimate connection between royalty and this Highland retreat.

Opening Hours and Seasons:

May – September, with varying opening hours depending on the time of year.

Admission Fees:

Currently £12.43 per person Discounts for seniors, children, and families

FAQ( Frequently Asked Questions):

1.How much does it cost to visit the castle & Gardens of Mey?

The entrance fees for the castle & Gardens of Mey can vary. Gor the latest information on ticket prices and available tour options, it’s recommended to check the official website of The Castle & Gardens of Mey.

2. Is The Castle & Gardens of Mey on the NC500?

Yes, The Castle & Gardens of Mey is conveniently located near the North Coast 500 (NC500) route, making it a wonderful stop for travelers exploring this iconic road trip.

3. Does The Castle & Gardens of Mey have a cafe?

Absolutely! The Castle & Gardens of Mey features a delightful cafe where visitors can indulge in a variety of refreshments and meals. It offers a perfect setting to unwind and appreciate the scenic surroundings.

4. How much does it cost to visit The Castle & Gardens of Mey?

The cost of admission to the Castle & Garden of Mey vary, so it is advisable to check their official website for latest prices.

This is just some of the incredible scenery you will witness as you journey through this Castle hopping adventure!

Ardvreck Castle Ruin: Loch Assynt’s Sentinel

On the shores of Loch Assynt, the ruins of Ardvreck Castle stand as a testament to Highland history. Perched on a rocky promontory, the castle whispers tales of clan conflicts and ancient battles.

Opening Hours and Seasons:

All year round

Admission Fees:

FREE

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

  1. How much does it cost to visit Ardvreck Castle Ruin? Entrance to Ardvreck Castle Ruin is typically free, as it is a historic site managed by Historic Environment Scotland. However, donations are appreciated to support the preservation and maintenance of this captivating ruin.
  2. Is Ardvreck Castle Ruin on the NC500? Ardvreck Castle Ruin is not directly on the NC500 route, but it’s a short detour from the road, making it a worthwhile stop for those exploring the North Coast 500.
  3. Does Ardvreck Castle Ruin have a cafe? Ardvreck Castle Ruin does not have its own cafe. However, there are nearby establishments and local eateries where visitors can find refreshments before or after exploring the castle.
  4. How much does it cost to visit Ardvreck Castle Ruin? As mentioned, there is typically no entrance fee for Ardvreck Castle Ruin. However, it’s advisable to check for any changes or special events that might affect access.

Eilean Donan Castle: A Highland Icon

Set against the Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan Castle is a symbol of Scotland’s rugged beauty. Perched on a small island, it offers a timeless majesty steeped in centuries of Highland life.

Opening Hours and Seasons:

Open from late March to early November, with varying opening hours depending on the time of year.

Admission Fees:

Currently £11 per person Discounts for seniors, children, and families

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1.How much does it cost to visit Eilean Donan Castle?

The admission fees for Eilean Donan Castle may vary. It is recommended to check the official Eilean Donan Castle website for the latest ticket prices and tour information.

2. Is Eilean Donan Castle on the NC500?

While Eilean Donan Castle is not directly on the NC500 route, it is a popular side trip for travelers exploring the North Coast 500. The castle is easily accessible from the route, making it a recommended stop for those seeking iconic Scottish landmarks.

3. Does Eilean Donan Castle have a cafe?

Yes, Eilean Donan Castle features a charming cafe where visitors can enjoy a variety of refreshments and snacks. It’s an excellent spot to unwind and take in the scenic views after exploring the castle.

4. How much does it cost to visit Eilean Donan Castle?

The cost of admission to Eilean Donan Castle may vary, and it is advisable to check the official website for the most up-to-date information on entrance fees and available tours.

Urquhart Castle: Loch Ness Legends

Nestled on the shores of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle holds the keys to a thousand tales. Explore its haunting beauty and imagine the mysteries that lie beneath the legendary Loch Ness.

Opening Hours and Seasons:

Open from late March to early November, with varying opening hours depending on the time of year.

Admission Fees:

Currently £14.50 per person Discounts for seniors, children, and families.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

1.How much does it cost to visit Urquhart Castle?

The admission fees for Urquhart Castle may vary. It is recommended to check the official Urquhart Castle website for the latest ticket prices and tour information.

2.Is Urquhart Castle on the NC500?

Urquhart Castle is not directly on the NC500 route, but it is a popular stop for travelers exploring the Highlands, especially those interested in the history and beauty of Loch Ness.

3.Does Urquhart Castle have a cafe?

Yes, Urquhart Castle features a cafe where visitors can enjoy refreshments and take in the stunning views of Loch Ness. It’s a delightful spot to relax after exploring the castle and its surroundings.

4.How much does it cost to visit Urquhart Castle?

The cost of admission to Urquhart Castle may vary, and it is advisable to check the official website for the most up-to-date information on entrance fees and available tours.

Just go!

why not download our FREE PDF with these castles in it as well as a few more, plus you will have clickable Google Maps links under each castle!

Plan Your Castle-Hopping Adventure

Curate your castle-hopping adventure seamlessly with our FREE PDF guide, featuring additional castles and clickable Google Maps links. Make our Cottage and Bed and Breakfast your Highland hub for comfort and exploration.

Conclusion: Highland Tales  of Top 5 Castles to visit in The Scottish Highlands

As we conclude this journey through the Scottish Highlands, the echoes of history linger in the stone walls of these majestic castles. From Dunrobin’s fairytale grandeur to Urquhart’s Loch Ness legends, each fortress narrates a unique story of Highland majesty. Plan your adventure, immerse in royal retreats, and let the enchantment of the top 5 Castles to visit in the Scottish highlands unfold.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1.How can I plan my castle-hopping adventure in the Scottish Highlands?

Planning your castle-hopping adventure is easy! Download our FREE PDF guide, which includes details on the top 5 castles and more. It also features clickable Google Maps links under each castle, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable exploration.

2. What is the best starting point for my castle-hopping journey?

Dunrobin Castle serves as an enchanting starting point for your Highland adventure. Perched on rugged cliffs with breathtaking views, it sets the tone for a fairytale-like experience. Stay at our strategically located Cottage and Bed and Breakfast to begin your journey in comfort.

3. Are there discounts available for castle admissions?

Yes, most castles offer discounts for seniors, children, and families. Details on admission fees and discounts for each castle are provided in the blog, allowing you to plan your visit accordingly.

4. Can I visit the castles year-round?

Each castle has its own opening hours and seasons. While some, like Ardvreck Castle, welcome visitors year-round, others have specific periods of operation. Refer to the blog for details on when each castle is open to the public.

5. Is there accommodation recommended for the castle-hopping journey?

Yes, our recommended Cottage and Bed and Breakfast is strategically located to serve as the hub for your Highland exploration. Check the availability and enjoy the comfort of our cozy beds and delicious breakfasts.

6. Are the castle surroundings wheelchair accessible?

The accessibility of each castle varies. While some may have limitations due to historical structures, others strive to provide wheelchair-friendly paths and facilities. Check with individual castles for specific accessibility details.

7. Can I visit the castles with my pet?

Pet policies vary among castles. While some may allow pets in specific areas, others may have restrictions. It’s advisable to check with each castle beforehand to ensure a pet-friendly experience during your castle-hopping adventure.

8. Are there guided tours available at the castles?

Many castles offer guided tours to enhance your experience and provide insights into their rich histories. Check with the respective castles for tour availability and schedules.

We hope you enjoyed this blog and come back for more soon! Enjoy your Highland journey! Lots of love from Kristine, at Highlands Perfect Stay
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