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- Keiss Castle, which is now partially ruined, is located less than 1 mile north of Keiss village, on sheer cliffs, overlooking Sinclair’s Bay. The castle was constructed as a Z-plan tower house with 4 floors plus an attic and a vaulted basement. It had a pair of corner towers at opposite angles of a square central block, the main tower being very narrow for its height with tall chimney stacks. The Sinclairs replaced the castle as the family seat with Keiss House replaced Keiss Castle around 1755.
- Beauly Priory was a Valliscaulian monastic community located at “Insula de Achenbady”, now Beauly, and is one of three founded by the order in 1230. A plaque tells of Mary Queen of Scots’ visit here in 1564 and her travels in the Highlands. Descriptive plaques point out all the points of interest.
- Urquhart Castle is a ruined castle that is situated on a headland overlooking Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. It remains an impressive sight despite being in ruins as it was once one of Scotland’s largest castles. Originally built in the 13th century it fell into ruin after it was abandoned in the 17th century. It figured prominently during the Scottish Wars of Independence in the 14th century and has quite a bloody past. Today, the castle is a popular attraction for visitors. Open throughout the year, the castle has a visitor centre with an exhibition of Urquhart’s history, as well as all facilities, a café, gift shop and plentiful parking. More information can be found here: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
- Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852, having been first leased in 1848, and remains as the private property of the royal family and are not the property of the Crown. The original castle was too small and the new castle was completed in 1856 with the old castle demolished shortly thereafter. The castle grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and cafe are opened to the public typically (check website) between April and the end of July, after which Queen Elizabeth arrives for her annual stay.
- The Grey Cairns of Camster are two large Neolithic chambered cairns and are among the oldest structures in Scotland, dating to about 5,000 years ago. The Cairns show the complexity of Neolithic architecture, with central burial chambers accessed through narrow passages from the outside. the two Cairns are:Camster Long – a 60 m (200 ft) long cairn with “horns” at each end, aligned in an NE-SW direction Camster Round – a circular cairn measuring 18 metres (59 ft) in diameter by 3.7 metres (12 ft) high
- Inverness Museum and Art Gallery is a museum and gallery on Castle Wynd in the heart of Inverness by the castle. The collection and facilities are managed by High Life Highland on behalf of Highland Council. The site has had a museum since the mid 1800’s with a major transformation in the 1960’s when The Castle Wynd/ Bridge Street area of Inverness was cleared for re-development. The exhibitions include geology and natural history of the Highlands, Jacobite memorabilia, Inverness silverware, authentic Highland weapons and bagpipes. The Art Gallery includes local fine art and craft exhibitions, with a variety of changing featured artists. The museum has a programme of talks, workshops, recitals as well as activities for children.
- The Castle of Mey is located on the north coast of Scotland, about 10 km (6 miles ) west of John o’ Groats. The castle was built between 1566 and 1572 by George Sinclair, 4th Earl of Caithness. The castle did spend some time being called Barrogill Castle. If you are lucky with the weather you can get views from the castle north to the Orkney Islands.
- Inverness Castle sits high up overlooking the River Ness in Inverness. The castle you see today is a red sandstone building built in 1836 by the architect William Burn. It is built on the site of an earlier 11th-century defensive structure. The castle is the Inverness Sheriff Court and is NOT open to the public although you can visit the castle grounds and the north tower.
- Ballindalloch Castle is a preserved castle in the beautiful countryside of Speyside, north east Scotland. The castle is still owned and lived in by the Macpherson-Grant family who have resided at Ballindalloch since 1546. The setting for Ballindalloch is stunning, with the Rivers Avon and Spey running through its grounds and surrounded by imposing hills. Speyside, of course, is also known for its whisky distilleries such as Glenlivet and Glenfiddich. Visitors are welcome at Ballindalloch where the castle and its grounds are available to view and tour around. The estate also has a golf course, as well offering shooting and fishing packages for those who like their country sports. Self-catering cottages are available to stay in for short breaks and you can also pick up some of the locally-reared Aberdeen Angus beef at the castle shop. The castle is open from the end of March to the end of September.