Britain is an amazing country and it boasts some of the most beautiful landscapes imaginable. There are well known spots around these islands that attract many visitors from foreign shores today as in centuries past. However, the beauty of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland is wonderfully represented in the superb architectural delights that still stand as monuments from times long past – namely the splendid and majestic castles which are dotted all over the land.
Castell Coch – Wales
A fairy tale looking castle, Castell Coch in Wales is simply out of this world beautiful. Set amidst lush Welsh countryside, this magnificent edifice was built in the 18th century but looks medieval. The castle was built for John Crichton-Stuart who was the 3rd Marquess of Bute but sadly nobody from his family ever lived there when construction was completed. As such his descendants gave it over to the Welsh government!
We run an amazing 9 day tours of castles in Wales, see more here.
Eilean Donan – Scotland
Eilean Donan is very often described by many people as being the most romantic looking castle in the land. This majestic building was constructed on a tiny little island on Loch Duich which is located in the western Highlands. In 1719 the castle was practically destroyed during a Jacobite uprising and for two centuries or thereabouts lay in ruins. But fortunately for the world, the castle was restored in the early 1900’s.
Best of Scotlands offer an excelelnt Castle and Gardens tour.
Bodiam Castle – England
Located in East Sussex, Bodiam Castle is a splendid example of 14th century architecture. This majestic moated castle has seen better days and was once owned by the Dalyngrigge family but today it’s taken care of the National Trust. The exterior of the castle looks very much as it did back in the 14th century but sadly the interior is in ruins.
Dunrobin Castle – Scotland
Located in the northern Highlands of Scotland, Dunrobin Castle epitomises all that is grand and majestic. It boasts being one of the largest houses in the region and is stunningly French looking. A Victorian architect by the name of Sir Charles Barry is responsible for much of how the castle appears today – another of his architectural delights is Westminster Palace in London.
St Michael’s Mount – England
Sitting on a Cornish island, St Michael’s Mount boasts one of the most dramatic locations in the country. This wonderful medieval edifice can only be reached at low tide and is the home of the St Aubyn family who have been living there since the 17th century.
Bamburgh Castle – England
Bamburgh Castle has been the setting of many a film which is completely understandable. This incredible structure is situated in Northumberland, rising out of a rocky outcrop along the rugged coastline and has been described by many as “powerful and dramatic”!
Malahide Castle – Ireland
This magnificent 12th century castle sits in around 260 acres of stunning parkland just north of Dublin and boasts being one of the oldest in the land. From the 12th century right through till 1975, it was home to the Talbot family although for a time after the Cromwellian conquest, this magnificent castle was taken away from them – but it was eventually returned to the family!
Our Mystical Ireland tour includes soem great castle visits.
The British Isles has a lot to boast about and this is especially true of the wonderful architecture and amazing castles that are dotted all over the land. From England in the south to Scotland in the North, from Wales in the west and the beautiful Emerald Isle, there are literally thousands of castles all waiting to be discovered and then thoroughly explored which makes for a great adventure!
Best of Scotland can create your own caste tour of England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland. Just let us know what you want to see and we’ll arrange everything else.