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Castles Tours & Stays in Scotland - CIE Tours

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Scotland Castle Tours 2018/2019

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Scotland Castle Tours

Scotland’s castles reflect the country’s rich and turbulent history. Both beautiful and austere, these buildings have witnessed centuries of conflict and turmoil. Today some are in ruins, while others have been beautifully restored and are open for your enjoyment.

CIE Tours offers tours listed below with stays in one these Scottish castles:

  • Achnagairn Castle

    Located near Inverness, the luxurious Achnagairn Castle was built in 1812 on a site dating back to the 1600s. Used as a hospital in the Second World War, the castle was recently renovated as a hotel and features beautiful modern décor alongside antiques and wood-paneled rooms.

  • Atholl Palace Hotel

    This grand hotel is situated in a castle with stunning views of the Tummel Valley. The property features historic and elegant rooms along with activities to cater to a variety of interests. These include a spa, beautiful gardens, a museum, and restaurants where you can get a meal or enjoy some afternoon tea.

Our other Scottish guided vacations also offer many castles to visit:

  • Urquhart Castle:

    The dramatic ruins of Urquhart Castle are among the most visited in Scotland. Once the largest castle in Scotland, it’s situated on a scenic promontory in the Highlands overlooking Loch Ness, near where many sightings of the monster have been reported. The castle bore witness to some of the most dramatic chapters in Scotland’s history, and was destroyed in 1692 to prevent its use by Jacobite forces.

  • Dunrobin Castle:

    Located on a prominent bluff in the northern Highlands off of white sand beaches, Dunrobin Castle looks like a fairytale come to life. This castle took inspiration from French chateaus with its conical spires, and is the largest in the northern Highlands with 189 rooms. It is one of the oldest, continuously inhibited houses in Britain, dating all the way back to the 1300s. Belonging to the Clan of Sutherland, in its lifetime it has been a naval hospital and a boy’s boarding school. Explore the castle room’s museum, or the beautiful formal garden.

  • Dunvegan Castle:

    Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland, and has been the stronghold of the Chiefs of clan MacLeod for nearly 800 years. It is unique in Scotland as it is the only house of such antiquity to have retained its family throughout the centuries. Built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch Dunvegan, the castle displays many treasures, including the Fairy Flag – a banner with miraculous powers said to ensure victory for the clan MacLeod when unfurled.

  • Blair Castle:

    A short distance from Pitlochry stands Blair Castle, home of the Duke of Atholl – and to Europe’s last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders. The castle has been inhabited by 19 generations of Stewarts and Murrays of Atholl. More than 30 rooms are on display, and there is a magnificent nine-acre walled garden that has been recently restored to its original Georgian design. Take a tour of the castle and enjoy the fine collections of furniture, portraits, china and armor.

  • Inveraray Castle:

    On the west coast of Scotland stands Inveraray Castle, home of the 12th Duke of Argyll. While there’s been a castle at that location since the 1400s, the current structure was built in the 1700s in the Gothic Revival style.  Tour the elaborately decorated castle, which contains an armory with a collection of over 1,300 pikes, muskets swords and more, as well as many historic relics and a portrait collection. Downton Abbey fans will note that Inveraray Castle played the fictional “Duneagle Castle” in the 2012 Christmas episode of the show.

  • Glamis Castle:

    Travel through the lush countryside of Aberdeenshire to visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and childhood home of the Queen Mother. The many stories associated with this 1,000-year-old castle include the tale of a “White Lady”, thought to be the ghost of Janet Douglas Lady of Glamis – the family that lives in the castle always keeps a seat open in the chapel for her.

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CIE tours made everything extremely easy. We booked online and had them arrange our flights and transportation to and from the airport. When we finally met up with the tour group a day late, due to bad weather and flight delays, we found out that we had the best guide and driver, Colm Clarke. He was AMAZING- very accommodating and cheerful throughout the whole tour. He kept us informed and entertained all at the same time. I've taken several tours and he surpassed any guides I've dealt with by far. The stops and sights planned are excellent and truly give you a taste of Ireland and Scotland. I found the hotels to be comfortable with good service. I cannot stress how much I enjoyed this tour and how hard I;m working to get back to Ireland as soon as possible. Of course, I'll be booking with CIE again and requesting Colm (Seriously, he is the BEST).
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Friendly and informative tour guides, nice accomodations, we saw so much while we were there!

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