Dunrobin Castle is the most northerly of Scotland's great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms. Dunrobin Castle is also one of Britain's oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s, home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland.
Dunvegan Castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of clan MacLeod for 800 years. Originally designed as a fortress, today you can tour an extraordinary castle and Highland estate steeped in history and clan legend, delight in the beauty of its formal gardens, take a boat trip to see the Loch Dunvegan seal colony.
This magnificent fortress in the heart of Aberdeenshire is a sterling example of Scottish Baronial architecture. The rooms are filled with antiquities, armour and lavish oil paintings. Ghosts, legends and folklore are all woven into the tapestry of Fyvie's 800-year-old history. We know William the Lion was at Fyvie around 1214 and later Robert the Bruce and Charles I were among its royal guests.
With a core that possibly dates back to the 1450s, Castle Fraser is a fabulous place to soak up the atmosphere of old Scotland. One of the largest tower houses in the country. Home of the Fraser family for more than 400 years, the castle is filled with family portraits, ornaments and mementos – all of which have their own colourful stories to tell about the lairds.
The sweep of 700 years of history is stamped into Drum’s battlements, medieval square tower and sprawling extensions. The Royal Forest and Tower of Drum were given to the Irvine family by Robert the Bruce in 1323. Later a Jacobean mansion house was added, and in the Victorian era the lower hall was converted to a library, now containing a mighty 4,000 books.
This glorious 260ha estate was once the playground of David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassillis – a man who was keen to impress with his wealth and status. Opulent to the extreme, the park is planted with conifers and beech, sculpted around miles of sandy coastline dotted with caves, and finished off with a Swan Pond, an ice house, flamboyant formal gardens and fruit-filled glasshouses.
Standing against a backdrop of rolling hills and set within its own glorious gardens, Crathes Castle is every bit the classic Scottish tower house . The Burnett family, who lived in the castle for over 350 years, had roots in the area dating back to 1323. Built in the 16th century, an intricate maze of turrets, towers, oak panels and painted ceilings, many of which survive beautifully today.
Acres of gentle Moray countryside surround Brodie Castle, ancestral home of the Brodie clan for over 400 years. This rose-coloured, turreted castle stands on land confirmed to the Brodies by Robert the Bruce. The impenetrable 16th-century guard chamber is flanked on one side by a cosy 17th-century wing and on the other by a sprawling Victorian extension.