A reconstruction of the castle's prison where thousands of American and French prisoners lived from 1757 to 1815. The exhibition looks at the difficult living conditions in the dormitories, and uses shadows and voices to recreate the atmosphere of that time. The doors contain historical graffiti.
This castle has been the scene of films such as "The Immortals" by Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery or "The Trap", again starring Sean Connery and Catherine Z Jones which add to the Serviajera experience. The castle is on the west coast of Scotland, in the northern part of the Isle of Skye, that forms part of a tour that crosses Glen Coe, passes through Skye and returns to Eilean Donan .It can even lead to Fort Williams, where the Jacobite train (or better known as the train in the Harry Potter films), Ben Nevis (the highest peak in the UK and start other routes, such as Glenfinnan, another magical location in the Highlands. It's important to bear in mind that the construction that stands before us is not the original, it's a Victorian reconstruction based on an architect's dream, and a divine dream it was!
This was built by James V, brother of Henry VIII who died at the age of thirty from cholera. His younger and only surviving daughter, Mary Stuart was subsequently crowned Queen of Scots at just 9 months old.
Despite being in ruins the castle is well worth the trip!. Primarily because the visit seemed very well organized, with lots of interesting information about the history of the castle, and its previous inhabitants, and secondly because you are in the Loch Ness area, and .... who has never believed in the legend?
The Cardiff Castle is in the very center of the city in the Welsh capital. Admission is about 9 sterling pounds. It was a Norman castle, which was built on top of an old Roman building. The great wall rebuilt from the base of the original wall really draw your attention. Admission includes an audio guide that takes you along a path of the castle, first outside and then inside. Definitely a rigorous visit if you come to this city.
Kilchurn Castle sits on the banks of Loch Awe in the southeastern part of the Scottish Highlands. It was built in the fourteenth century and abandoned after a fire caused by lightning in the eighteenth century. Currently owned by Historic Scotland, a public body of the Scottish Government, though the castle is in ruins it is one of the most beautiful ones that we saw (and there were many) mainly due to the beautiful location on the shores of Loch Awe and Ben Cruachan. To see the castle one has to wonder far from the road and across the meadow that though fenced, there is a ladder to make access easier. The only way to actually get to the castle is by boat but it can only be visited during the summer.
Crathes Castle is less famous than others in the north of Scotland, but I recommend a visit if you are in the area. At least take a look at the outside of the castle, with its granite, turreted tower, gargoyles, and conical rooves. Inside the rooms are narrow and a bit claustrophobic, but they are brightened up by the brightly colored frescos on the ceilings.
In Dollar Glen is one of the least visited castles by tourists, yet it has more charm due to its hidden and beautiful location. From its walls the views are spectacular, you can see the town of Dollar and much of the county and Forth Valley. Built in the 15th century this castle belonged to one of the most charismatic and important Scottish noble families, the Campbells. The construction was carried out for three purposes: to host the family, to be strategically defensive, and to impress guests. We can imagine their objectives were more than met, as even today, visitors are impressed. The first thing they ask is how you can make a castle in such a hidden place... people are still seduced by the wonders of its great location. The funny thing is that it is relatively close to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling, and even still the majority of locals seem to ignore it's existence...maybe it has ghosts and other weird things. Typical in style to almost all medieval castle in the world (although in Scotland they are particularly proud to have many ghosts in their castles ... for that alone it's an excellent story).
Near the town of Bushmills (famous for its Irish whiskey distillery), this castle is located on the coast of Northern Ireland. It is the Dunluce Castle, situated on rocks and cliffs that give it a really impressive aspect, especially when the wind is strong (and cold) that creates a very special atmosphere. It was built in the Middle Ages, at the beginning of S. Century, and was declared an important national heritage site of Northern Ireland.
Throughout the year the castle runs many different events that relate to a point in its history. I was lucky enough to visit during its medieval event where I learnt to use a bow and arrow and found out all about the knights and families of old. Whilst dogs are very welcome in the grounds, they aren’t allowed inside the house because its still full of original furniture. If you’ve brought your dogs or just fancy a walk the gardens are superb with lots of different places to cater to all tastes, my personal favourite was the old mill which was open for brief tours when I was there and the rivers that my dogs enjoyed thoroughly.
I was lucky enough to visit Warwick and its castle in late January, so the snow made the views all the more impressive. This castle was built by William The Conqueror in 1068. The castle, in the area, is defined as one of the largest and best conservations of England as it has many attractions for visitors. One of the most interesting is an explanation of medieval weapons with a live demonstration of how to use them. Besides the castle, which is wonderful, the people are also lovely. The river Avon, on the banks of the same castle is located at one end. Apparently not one of the most visited areas of the UK, which is a shame because it is really beautiful, one of those places with charm.
Very close to Stirling, in the zone known as the center of Scotland lies the town of Doune, where the building that stands out most is the castle, Doune Castle (constructed by order of Robert Stewart "Duke of Albany" - which refers to Alba Albany, meaning Scotland and not the country of Albania), close to the river Teith and immortalized in the movie of Monty Python "Holy Grail" ('Monty Python and the Holy Grail "). The castle, in good condition, was constructed in the 14th century and at the time it was a very important place, as the seat of the Scottish nobility, during the War of the Three Kingdoms, in the 17th century. It is the ultimate attraction of the town, and the truth is that it is worth stopping by and having a good time between Scottish culture and history and enjoying the views.
Cawdor is magical name linked (by Shakespeare) with Macbeth. An amazing fairytale castle, it has everything a tourist looks for in Scotland ... history, palpable and visible. Cawdor Castle is not a cold monument, it is a splendid house and the home of the Cawdor family. A 14th century, purpose-built private fortress of the Thanes of Cawdor. The house has evolved for 600 years, but all modifications maintain the Scottish style. Inside: good furniture, fine picture frames and pictures, interesting objects and rugs. Three gardens, Cawdor Big Wood and its own 9-hole golf course make Cawdor Castle a splendid place. There are two rates for entry, one for the exterior and another to go inside.
In Inveraray, home of the noble house of Argyll and one of the most influential clans in the history of Scotland, the Clan Campbell, is the impressive and well preserved Inveraray Castle. The castle has great views of the city and lake, thanks to its location, and it is sheltered by woods and gardens, making a contrasting effect, from the town the castle is hardly visible. It was constructed between the years 1746 and 1789 by order of the Duke of Argyll and modifying the initial plans made by the architect John Vanbrugh. The castle has undergone 2 major reforms that give its current appearance, a bit different from its original appearance. Due to its attractive appearance, is became one of the major attractions of the area, so its current owner, the 13th Duke of Argyll, who lives there all year, agreed with his father and grandfather, former dukes, in enabling an indoor area for visitors, as well as allowing access to foreign tourists and the Gardens area. Inside photos and videos are not allowed, as it is a home ... It's lovely, but there is limited space inside , which disappoints. Although I think the images offered abroad speak for themselves, along Kilchurn Castle on Loch Awe, a few miles from Inveraray, without dudad is the attraction to visit in the area of Argyll in the west of Scotland.
This gate is in St. Thomas tower and was one of the most important river entrances to the Tower of London. It was built by Edward I and adopted the name of Traitors Gate because it was the entrance into the Tower for prisoners accused of treason, such as Anne Boleyn and Sir Thomas Moore.
For lovers of fairy tale castles, Castle Coch (Red Castle) is a must. Close to Cardiff, the Welsh capital, it sits in a typically European forest, dark and hazy and with a real gothic air. Construction began in the thirteenth century and its external appearance is medieval, with turrets and battlements. The interior, however, is Victorian Gothic. This anachronistic contrast is what gives it a unique feeling, distinguishing it from the other castles dotted around Wales. The rooms are wonderful, with elegant wallpaper and regal furniture. It's been used as a location for films including The Scarlet Pimpernel and Robin Hood, among others. A magical place, no doubt.