CASTLES, ABBEYS, PALACES AND FORTS
On your carvan holiday in Scotland...
discover the stories about the people, the places and the families that have shaped over 5,000 years of Scottish history.
Here are just some of the best, but click here for information on all Historic Scotland sites across Scotland.
Edinburgh Castle: A mighty fortress, the defender of the nation and a world-famous visitor attraction, the Castle has dominated Edinburgh's skyline for centuries. The mighty volcanic rock on which it stands has been occupied for thousands of years. Today, the Castle is home to Scotland's Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny, three military museums, the National War Memorial, the Prisons of War exhibition, and much more. Make sure you have time to explore all of them. Tip: the Castle is busy in the summer, so it is often best to go as soon as it opens.
Stirling Castle: Stirling Castle is one of Scotland's most celebrated and much-loved castles. For centuries, Scotland's Stewart monarchs held court here and revelled in its beauty and grandeur. The Castle's Royal Palace has been impressively restored to its Renaissance glory and, with its lavishly decorated rooms and costumed characters, the Palace is at the heart of the new experience.
Urquhart Castle: On the shores of Loch Ness. Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart was the scene of great conflict during its 500 years as a medieval fortress. Control of the Castle passed back and forth between the Scots and the English during the Wars of Independence in the early 14th century. The power struggle continued as the Lords of the Isles regularly raided both the Castle and the glen up to the 1500s. The last of the government troops garrisoned here during the Jacobite Risings in the 18h century blew up the Castle when they left. Urquhart’s iconic ruins remain, offering glimpses into medieval times and the lives of its noble residents.
Each of our sites offers a glimpse of the past. Some are places of majesty, some date back thousands of years, but all have a special place in Scottish history. Explore our website to see where you can go to learn more about Scotland.
Enjoy access to all Historic Scotland attractions with our great-value Explorer Pass.
The Explorer Pass gives you access to all our attractions which makes it a great-value way to discover Scotland’s history. Click here for more information.
There is an exciting programme of events taking place at Historic Scotland sites all year, you can see some highlights for this summer below. Click here for full event listings.
EVENTS AT HISTORIC SCOTLAND PROPERTIES IN 2019
Dumbarton Castle, west of Glasgow: The Rock of Ages: 8 and 9 JUne
Linlithgow Palace, near Edinburgh: Spectacular Jousting: 29 and 30 JUne
Caerlaverock Castle, south of Dumfries: Spectacular Jousting 27 and 28 July
Fort George, near Inverness: Festival at the Fort 10 and 11 August
Holyrood Park, Edinburgh: Parkaeology 7 and 8 September