Craigievar is hidden in the wooded hills of Aberdeenshire. Looking as though it’s come straight from a fairytale, this stylish 17th-century tower house is a fine example of the Scots baronial style of architecture. Seven storeys high, its sheer walls are topped by a riot of turrets, towers, crow-stepped gables and conical roofs which give it its distinctive character.
Stirling Castle Perched high on volcanic rock, Stirling provides spectacular views over two of Scotland’s most historic battlefields – Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn. Much of today’s castle dates from the 15th-18th centuries. The Great Hall has been restored to how it would have looked around 1500 and there are excellent interactive displays on the castle’s history.