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Castles and Houses


Edinburgh Castle 

Edinburgh Castle is a must-see. Built into rugged rock overlooking Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh city centre, this is undoubtedly Scotland's most famous castle and the city's most popular tourist attraction with the Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and fantastic views from the castle's ramparts

Tantallon Castle 
Tantallon Castle is a formidable stronghold set atop the cliffs on the Firth of Forth. Tantallon served as a noble fortification for more than three centuries and endured frequent sieges but still stands firm, dominating the headland

Crichton Castle
Located in Midlothian, Crichton Castle is a large and surprisingly sophisticated castle, tucked away beyond the village of Pathhead. With a spectacular facade of faceted stonework in an Italian style, it's remarkable to see how much is still intact. Be sure to pass by the castle's stables and nearby Crichton Collegiate Church

Blackness Castle
Head to the dark and foreboding Blackness Castle, built in the 15th century. Its enduring roles were those of a garrison fortress and a state prison and its lack of fancy rooms or ornate stonework make this castle even more fun to explore

Hopetoun House
Scotland's finest stately home, is an important part of European architectural heritage situated in South Queensferry, outside Edinburgh. Home of the Marquess of Linlithgow, Hopetoun is one of the most splendid examples of the work of Scottish architects Sir William Bruce and William Adam. In 1974 Hopetoun House Preservation Trust was founded to preserve the House and grounds for the benefit of the nation. 

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