It’s a difficult question, especially considering the sheer number that this country has to offer, from medieval fortresses to Victorian estates. Of course, we all have our own tastes, but here are five of our favourites:
Caerlaverock Castle, just south of Dumfries, is distinctive for its striking triangle shape and archetypal moat. It was built in the 13th Century and was home to the Maxwell family for almost four hundred years before the Wars for Independence started a long sequence of partial demolitions and reconstructions until the castle was abandoned in the 17th century. It has a gruesome but fascinating past, and throughout its turbulent history it has maintained its iconic triangular shape. Today it stands on the edge of the Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve and is a popular tourist destination.
Situated in Dollar Glen flanked by the gorgeous Ochil Hills, Castle Campbell is a similarly attractive spot located above the town of Dollar in central Scotland. Originally, however, the building was called Castle Gloom, a fitting name considering its history, and one which possibly came from the Scottish Gaelic word glom which means chasm. In 1488, the Duke of Argyll asked King James IV if the name could be changed to Castle Campbell, named after the Duke’s clan. The castle remained in the possession of the Campbell clan until 1654 when Royalist rebels, who opposed Argyll’s support of the Commonwealth, burned Castle Campbell to near ruins. For over two hundred years it lay abandoned, until it was bought and finally handed over to the National Trust.