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Scottish Highlands Castles

By Viator, October 2017

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The historic Scottish Highlands are known for their rugged coastlines, mountain ranges, sweeping landscapes, whisky distilleries—and dramatic castles. Here are a few of the region’s most famous castles, from grand palaces to ruined fortresses.
 
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle is a fully restored, 13th-century gem situated on its own tiny island at the confluence of three lochs. It is one of Scotland’s most photographed monuments. Guided tours take visitors through the interior, and you can explore the grounds at your leisure. Visit on a guided tour to the Isle of Skye, another nearby popular destination.
 
Urquhart Castle
Located near the town of Inverness, the ruins of Urquhart Castle stand on the shores of Loch Ness, making it an ideal addition to an itinerary that includes the legendary monster’s lair. Snap photos of the scenic ruins and countryside, and stop into the large visitor center, which is open most days year-round. The castle can also be seen during a Loch Ness cruise; most dock nearby and allow passengers time to explore the site. 
 
Inveraray Castle
Fanciful Inveraray Castle was built in the 18th century and features a monumental building with handsome architectural flourishes. The castle, which appeared in a 2012 episode of (“Downton Abbey”) belongs to the Duke of Argyll. Book a full-day tour from Edinburgh to the West Highlands for an itinerary that includes Inveraray Castle, and tour the interior for a look at the sumptuous furnishings, paintings, and armaments collections.
 
Blair Castle
Blair is one of the most popular castle destinations in Scotland. Home to the Atholl family for more than seven centuries, the castle has more than 30 elaborately decorated rooms and extensive gardens. Take it in and see other regional highlights on a full-day guided tour from Edinburgh.

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3-Day Isle of Skye and Highlands Tour from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, null
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3-Day Isle of Skye and Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 76 Reviews

Discover the best of the Highlands and the Isle of Skye on this 3 day tour from Edinburgh. Visit Eilean Donan Castle, explore the Highlands and Culloden ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $299.22
Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from Inverness, Inverness, Multi-day Tours
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Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from Inverness

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 35 Reviews

Enjoy a day trip exploring Isle of Skye in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus that seats up to 8 people. Relax as your professional, Scottish, kilted tour ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.39
Isle of Skye Day Trip from Inverness, Inverness, Day Trips
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Isle of Skye Day Trip from Inverness

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Explore the romantic Isle of Skye on a full-day trip from Inverness. Taking in spectacular Highland scenery, your tour passes Loch Ness and the ruins of Eilean ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.48
3-Day Isle of Skye and Highlands Tour from Glasgow, Glasgow, Day Trips
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3-Day Isle of Skye and Highlands Tour from Glasgow

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Discover the best of the Highlands and the Isle of Skye on this 3 day tour from Glasgow. Visit Eilean Donan Castle, explore the Highlands and Culloden ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $299.22
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow, Glasgow, Multi-day Tours
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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow

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Take a journey from the city to the beautiful Highlands of Scotland. Enjoy a full day exploring the Scottish Highlands, taking in the atmospheric scenery of ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

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Loch Ness Cruise Including Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, Inverness, Day Trips
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Loch Ness Cruise Including Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition

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Unravel the mystery surrounding Loch Ness on this 3.5-hour trip from Inverness. With an expert guide, enjoy a scenic coach ride from the city center to ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Glencoe, Loch Ness, and The Highlands Tour from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Cruises
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Glencoe, Loch Ness, and The Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

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This 12 hour tour will fit in as much of Scotland as can possibly done in one day! You will witness the stunning scenery of Glencoe and Ben Nevis before you ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $62.50
3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye on this 3-day small-group tour from Edinburgh, with accommodation and round-trip ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $323.15
3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from Glasgow, Glasgow, Multi-day Tours
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3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from Glasgow

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Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye on a three-day small-group excursion from Glasgow. In three days, you'll ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $323.15
Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise Including Urquhart Castle, Inverness, Multi-day Tours
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Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise Including Urquhart Castle

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Cruise across Loch Ness and explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle on this 3 hour trip from Inverness. With a professional guide, soak up the sights on a coach ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.24

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