January is a cold dreich month in Scotland. The strains of Auld Lang Syne have long since drifted over the heather. We need to keep ourselves cheerful somehow. So on the 25th of January we celebrate the poetry of our bard, Robert Burns.
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I thought I'd share with you today my top 5 castles in Scotland. Most people know of Eilean Donan but there are some other amazing castles that if you are ever in Scotland, you must visit!
1. Hermitage Castle
There's something about this castle that fills me with awe. Maybe it's the barren setting or how imposing it is. Maybe it's the castle's gruesome history. Many murders and plots took place here...
2. Caerlaverock Castle
Still surrounded by a moat, it's gatehouse strikes an imposing sight. It's proximity to the border between England and Scotland ensured it saw plenty of strife during the time it was inhabited.
3. Dunnottar Castle
The setting for this castle is breathtaking. A castle has been on this site since the 12th Century and was involved in the civil war as well as once being used as a prison for Scottish Presbyterians.
4. Loch Leven Castle
The only way to get to this castle is by boat. It is most famous for being the prison of Mary, Queen of Scots.
5. St Andrews Castle
Surrounded by the sea on two sides, St Andrews is quite the fortress. With an inescapable bottle dungeon, this castle has seen many events include murder and a siege.
I hope you enjoyed a little taste of Scotland and it's history. Which is your favourite? Or is there one you feel should have been included?
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