Central Scotland is home to Castles, Palaces and Historic Sites. Some castles were homes to clan cheifs and nobility, others had a significant role in the history of Scotland, its Kings and Queens. A visit to these centuries old castles takes you back in time to imagine how life would have been when they were in use. Some castle are ruins which have been preserved others, like Stirling, have been restored to give an idea of how they would have been furnished and what living conditions would have been like at the time.
The most well known are Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle, however you can also visit Doune Castle, Loch Leven Castle, Castle Campbell, Falkland Palace, Linlithgow Palace, St. Andrew's Castle, Alloa Tower and Menstrie Castle to name just a few. These are all within an hours travel from us here at Wyvis Boutique B & B. Below we list just some of the many castles / palaces you can visit when staying here at Wyvis Boutique B & B.
Historic Stirling Castle played a key role in Scotland's royal history. The castle sits above the city of Stirling and has spectacular views of the Trossachs, Ochil Hills and Flanders moss. With so much history and recent restoration it is a must to visit. To find out more about the castles role in history click on the image or follow the link:
The National Wallace Monument is just two miles from Stirling Castle. Erected in the 19th. century it commemorates the life of William Wallace who famously lead Scotland to victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge nearby. There is an exhibition including the famous Wallace sword and if you climb to the top crown there are fantastic panoramic views to the south, east and west. To find out more click on the image or follow the link below:
Doune Castle, built for the Regent Albany in the late 15th. century is a medieval courtyard castle that has been used for location filming many times. It featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the pilot for Game of Thrones and more recently as Castle Leoch in the Outlander TV series. For more information click on the image or the link below:
Falkland Palace, set in the picturesque Fife village of Falkland, the favourite retreat of Mary Queen of Scots was used as a country residence by Stuart Kings and Queens. Mary Queen of Scots spent some of the happiest days of her life here, hunting and hawking around the woods and parkland, still beautifully maintained today as the Palace is now in the care of the National Trust For Scotland.
Set on an island in Loch Leven, this late 14th / early 15th century tower witnessed the most traumatic year in the life of Mary Queen of Scots. In 1567 she was imprisoned and forced to abdicate before a dramatic escape a year later. You can enjoy the short boat trip to the island and strolling round the south and east wooded walks or a picnic overlooking the view to Kinross house.
Blackness Castle stands on the south shore of theFirth of Forth, close to the royal burgh of Linlithgow. Built in the 15th century by one of Scotland’s more powerful families, the Crichtons, the castle was not destined to serve as a peaceful lordly residence. Becoming a royal castle in 1453 its enduring roles were those of garrison fortress and state prison. In the later part of the 19th century, Blackness served as an ammunition depot, until after the First World War when it was decommissioned and passed into state care as a visitor attraction, most recently being used as Fort William for the Outlander series.
Linlithgow Palace was a comfortable and attractive retreat from affairs of state, conveniently placed between Stirling and Edinburgh. Built and modified over two centuries, the birthplace of both James V and Mary Queen of Scots, overlooks the tranquil loch and surrounding park. The renaissance style of this former royal residence gives an insight into the domestic life of Scottish royalty in the past.
Castle Campbell is an imposing ruin that stands in isolation on a narrow ridge, within Dollar Glen. Steep ravines hem it on either side, through which flow the Burn of Care and the Burn of Sorrow. Built in the early 15th century, originally called ‘Castle Glume’ before it passed, through marriage around 1465, to Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll. In 1489, the earl changed the name to Castle Campbell and remained in the ownership of the Campbells for the next 200 years.
The Royal Burgh of Culross is unique town that time has passed by. It is the most complete example in Scotland today of a Burgh of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Town House was built in 1626 and the old buildings and cobbled streets create a fascinating time warp for visitors. Now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland ensuring it will be preserved and not be subject to modern developments.
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