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.
The green countryside of County Kerry, Ireland, slowly reclaims a castle near the village of #Kilgarvan. Taking its present name from the Irish Cill Garbháin, or Church of St. Garbhan, Kilgarvan rests on the banks of the Roughty River, which flows into Kenmare Bay.