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Take a Short Break In Scotland & visit the finest Castles In Scottish Highlands

Some of Scotland’s finest castles and private homes are situated in the North Highlands. Steeped in history, a visit to these stately homes and castles is a fascinating way to spend an afternoon. As well as castle tours many have wonderful gardens to explore too so you can lose yourself wandering in some of the Highlands’ many splendid landscaped castle gardens.

Nearby Castles in the Scottish Highlands

Dunrobin Castle, just to the north of Dornoch, is said to be the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses. The family seat of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland since the 14th century, it is the largest stately home in the North Highlands, boasting an incredible 189 rooms. Resembling a fairytale French château, Dunrobin was designed by Sir Charles Barry, who was also responsible for the Houses of Parliament, and Sir Robert Lorimer.

Dunrobin Castle’s formal Victorian garden is said to have been inspired by that at the Palace of Versailles in Paris and has changed little in 150 years. The sheltered gardens support a plethora of plants, including native South American rhubarb which boasts eight foot leaves.

Cawdor Castle near Inverness dates from the late 14th century. This private fortress of the Thanes of Cawdor is perhaps most famous for featuring in Shakespeare’s Macbeth though its severe exterior belies a surprisingly sumptuous interior filled with fine furniture, tapestries and works of art.

The castle boasts three gardens, an area of woodland – Cawdor Big Wood – and its own nine-hole golf course. The Walled Garden dates from the 16th century and now serves as the castle’s kitchen garden. The Flower Garden can be enjoyed from Spring through to Autumn (Fall) and is replete with herbaceous borders and ornamental trees. The Wild Garden is the newest addition to the estate and is full of azaleas, rhododendrons, daffodils, willows and bamboos, all set among tall ancient trees.

The Castle & Gardens of Mey in Caithness was formerly known as Barrogill Castle. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother is said to have fallen for the isolated charms of the castle while mourning the death of her husband, King George VI, in 1952.

Having acquired the castle, The Queen Mother set about renovating and restoring it as well as creating the stunning castle gardens that remain to this day. For nearly half a century The Queen Mother would spend her summers there, surrounded by members of the Royal family, in splendid isolation.

The castle was built between 1566 and 1572 and from a distance its turrets and gun slits give it a striking appearance. The castle gardens –protected from gales and sea spray by the 12 feet tall Great Wall of Mey – consist of the Walled Garden, the East Garden and a woodland area, which mostly remain faithful to the original 1952 design. The Queen Mother, herself a keen gardener, is said to have contributed greatly to the evolution of the garden during her tenure.

Recently the Diamond Jubilee Rose Garden was planted to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 10th anniversary of the death of The Queen Mother.

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