Loch Ness Scotland

Castles and Palaces

From fearsome fortresses and fairy-tale towers to romantic ruins and bloody battle sites.

Scotland’s many historic castles and palaces are just waiting to be explored.

Immerse yourself in the folklore and legends behind each imposing stone and follow in the footsteps of the famous characters who once prowled their battlements and corridors.



Things to see...

  • Dunvegan Castle is probably the oldest inhabited castle in the north of Scotland. The Chiefs of the Clan MacLeod have occupied it continuously for more than 750 years.
  • The castle on Dumbarton Rock is strategically positioned to monitor traffic on the River Clyde and to guard the mouth of the River Leven, the gateway to Loch Lomond.
  • Prince Albert bought Balmoral Castle as a gift to Queen Victoria in 1852.
  • It is believed that Bram Stoker took inspiration from Slains Castle for his novel, Dracula.
  • The Scottish Crown jewels were hidden from Oliver Cromwell's invading army at Dunottar Castle.

Tours that visit Castles


Loch Ness and the Highlands

Loch Ness and the Highlands 1 Day Tour from £42.00
from Edinburgh

The Loch Ness Monster - fact or fiction? Maybe you’ll find out on this splendid tour through the glorious Scottish Highlands.

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Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky 1 Day Tour from £33.00
from Edinburgh

A wonderful day that combines historic Stirling Castle, the scenic beauty of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and a visit to pretty Glengoyne Distillery.

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Skye and the Scottish Highlands

Skye and the Scottish Highlands 3 Day Tour from £225.00
from Edinburgh and Glasgow

Experience more of what the Scottish Highlands has to offer on this tour to the beautiful Isle of Skye.

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Edinburgh by Train

Edinburgh by Train 1 Day Tour from £205.00
from London

Want to visit Edinburgh for a day during your stay in London? This convenient tour package is just for you!

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Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Highlands

Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Highlands 3 Day Tour from £415.00
from London

Leave London behind to get a taste of historic Edinburgh and experience the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands 1 Day Tour from £45.00
from Glasgow

This popular “Scotland in one-day” tour will introduce you to some of the finest scenery the Highlands has to offer including, of course, Loch Ness

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Loch Lomond, The Trossachs and Stirling Castle

Loch Lomond, The Trossachs and Stirling Castle 1 Day Tour from £34.00
from Glasgow

This fascinating tour will introduce you to the history of Stirling, with its famous castle and the natural beauty of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

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Eilean Donan Castle and Isle of Skye

Eilean Donan Castle and Isle of Skye 1 Day Tour from £48.00
from Inverness

The Isle of Skye is famed the world over for its dramatic mountain scenery and picturesque seascapes. Come with us and explore the Magical Isle.

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Taste of Scotland

Taste of Scotland 5 Day Tour from £785.00
from Glasgow

This short tour combines visits to Scotland’s two great cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow with a delightful tour through the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

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Alnwick Castle and the Scottish Borders

Alnwick Castle and the Scottish Borders 1 Day Tour from £42.00
from Edinburgh

Tour through the beautiful Scottish Border country and visit mighty Alnwick Castle, Hogwarts in the Harry Potter Movies!

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Bonnie Scotland

Bonnie Scotland 7 Day Tour from £1,429.00
from Glasgow

Discover Scotland's unrivalled beauty on this feature-packed tour that includes city stays in historic Edinburgh and lively Glasgow.

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Castles and Whisky

Castles and Whisky 1 Day Tour from £38.00
from Inverness

Discover the mountains, malt whisky and castles of the Cairngorm National Park

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Scotland's Highlands and Islands

Scotland's Highlands and Islands 14 Day Tour from £2,877.00
from Glasgow

Discover magical islands, sophisticated cities and the rugged beauty of the Scottish highlands on this far-reaching tour.

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Scottish Highland Fling

Scottish Highland Fling 10 Day Tour from £2,059.00
from Edinburgh

Combine visits to historical and sophisticated cities with the stunning scenery of the Highlands, including a magical excursion to the Orkney Islands.

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