Best time to visit Scotland

Autumnal Castles

Scottish castles nested atop extinct volcanoes or on the loch islands and cliff edges are beautifully​ surrounded by fall colours

Autumnal Castles in Scotland - Best Time
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Scotland is studded with over 3,000 grand castles, scattered all over the country. You will always find one of them somewhere not far from you, regardless of your location. It might be impossible to visit all of them during a single visit to Scotland, especially if you are limited in time, but if you are determined to see the best of them.

The most prominent ones include the spellbinding Eilean Donan Castle set on the island in the middle of Loch Duich, the dramatic Dunnottar Castle set on the edge of the rocky n​​o​rth-east coast, Edinburgh Castle located atop of the extinct volcano, Braemar Castle found in the Cairngorms National Park, Balmoral Castle Queen Victoria referred to as her "dear paradise in the Highlands," Blair Castle near the River Garry, Inveraray Castle, Cawdor Castle, the redstone​ Glamis Castle and the Renaissance Stirling Castle. These historical landmarks look more charming in the glory of fall colours, especially between September and October.

The largest in Scotland garden at Drummond Castle
The largest in Scotland garden at Drummond Castle
Renaissance Stirling Castle
Renaissance Stirling Castle
Inveraray Castle
Inveraray Castle
Dunnottar Castle
Dunnottar Castle
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle
Edinburgh Castle illuminated
Edinburgh Castle illuminated

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