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Glamis Castle is located in the village of Glamis in Angus, Scotland. Glamis Castle has a long history, having started out as a hunting lodge in 1034. It has been the ancestral seat to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne since 1372. In 1376, a castle was built for King Robert II’s daughter and given to her husband, Sir John Lyon, Thane of Glamis. (John Lyon was Chamberlain of Scotland and is known as the progenitor of Clan Lyon.) The current castle was constructed in an L-plan design in the early 15th century with soaring towers and turrets with battlements. Some of the walls are 16 feet thick. When John Lyon the 6th’s wife, was accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake in Edinburgh, King James V seized Glamis Castle and lived there for a time. In 1543, the castle was returned to John Lyon the 7th.  In 1606, Patrick Lyon, the 9th Earl of Glamis was made the Earl of Kinghome and he began major work on the castle. The castle was used as a military garrison and restored after the soldiers’ disuse by Patrick Lyon, the 3rd Earl of Strathmore and Kinghome around 1606. Restorations also took place in 1689 that included a Baroque garden. In 1773, a billiard room, new kitchens, and new service courtyards were added. The Southwest wing was rebuilt after a fire in the early 19thcentury. The castle has remained the ancestral home of the Earls of Strathmore for over 600 years and has a long history filled with legend. The castle was the family home of the late Queen Mother, and Queen Elizabeth spent many childhood summers there. The castle boasts a small chapel, a great hall, a drawing room, a massive stone spiral staircase that travels from the basement to the battlements, and a secret room. The exterior has an Italian garden, a walled garden, the Dean River Walk, a pet cemetery, orchards, a grass maze, Macbeth wooden sculptures, and Monet-style fountains. Glamis Castle is open to the public. Guests can dine at the Glamis Castle Kitchen, shop at the pavilion, or rent the self-catering property, which is a six-bedroom home with a therapy pool and sporting facilities on the estate. (Glamis Castle is currently closed) 

Linlithgow Palace is located in the town of Linlithgow in West Lothian, Scotland. The palace is situated on a low hill above a small inland loch. The site has been occupied since Roman times, and has served as a royal residence since the reign of David I in 1124-53. In 1424, due to an English attack, fire damaged the earlier residence. James I ordered the new construction of a quadrangular palace with a central courtyard. The palace was added to throughout its history. The palace served as a nursery for James V, Mary Queen of Scots, and Princess Elizabeth. The royal apartments were added by James IV, the three-tier courtyard fountain was added by James V, and the north quarter was rebuilt for James VI. In 1603, James VI moved the royal court to London after his coronation as James I of England. In 1607, the queen’s apartment fell to the ground, but it was rebuilt around 1620. In 1746, the palace was used by government troops under the Duke of Cumberland who were pursuing Prince Charles, when the troops left they set the palace on fire. The palace remains roofless and some of the upper floors are missing, the ground floor, first floor buildings and some of the corner towers are accessible. The courtyard fountain was completely rebuilt and restored in 2005, although 2/3 of it was replaced. Linlithgow Palace is open to the public. (temporarily closed right now)  Photo credit: Nichbrand

Cassillis Castle is located in Ayrshire, Scotland. The five-story castle was built in the 15thcentury on a high bank overlooking the Doon River. The property sits on 310 acres and has a gate lodge, a garden cottage, a stable block, a walled garden, and a courtyard. The interior boasts seven bedroom suites, a ballroom, three reception rooms, a library, a secret staircase, a cinema, a state of the art kitchen, six additional bedrooms, a spiral staircase, and a vaulted basement with a dungeon The castle and lands were granted by charter to the Kennedy family after David Kennedy’s marriage to a local heiress. David Kennedy, the first Earl of Cassillis, took his title in 1502. The Kennedy’s owned the property until the 21st century. The castle was altered in the 17thcentury and the square, stair-tower was added. In 1830, the 12th  Earl of Cassillis added the two-story front and large extensions, which serve as one of the earliest examples of the Scottish Baronial style. New owner, Australian entrepreneur, Kate Armstrong purchased the property in 2009 and began extensive renovations. Cassillis Castle is currently on the market for roughly $4.8 million. 

Glenborrodale Castle is located in the coastal community of Glenborrodale in the village of Archaracle in the Highlands area of Scotland. The castle is situated on the southern shore of the Adrnamuchan peninsula. The estate covers 133 acres, which includes the uninhabited Isle of Risga and Eilean an Feidh. Built in 1902, the five-story baronial mansion was built with red Dumfriesshire sandstone and has a turret, a balustrade terrace, and crenelated copings. The property has a gate lodge, coach house, boathouse, a gym, a jetty, an artificial lake, stables, a glasshouse, walled gardens, and terraced gardens with gravel walkways, lawns, and flowerbeds. Wildlife includes otters, seals, porpoises, deer, and eagles. The castle boasts 16 bedrooms, 3 public rooms, and commercial kitchens. The property once served as a hotel. Glenborrodale Castle is not open to the public. #Castles #GlenborrodaleCastle #Glenborrodale #Archarcle #Highlands #Scotland

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Robgill Tower is located in Kirtlebridge, Lockerbie, Scotland. The 16thcentury baronial mansion is located six miles from Gretna Green, famous for runaway weddings. Robill Tower was built on the edge of a 40-foot cliff in a strategic location for defense. The tower was originally built by the Irvine family in 1540. In 1912, the tower was pulled down to the level of the hall floor to allow the dining room to connect with an adjoining 19thcentury modern house that was built over the old basement. The tower house boasts six reception rooms, six bedrooms, a vaulted medieval dining room, a drawing room, an indoor pool, a gym, and a six-car garage. The property sits on 38-acres and has a walled garden, stables, a greenhouse, an indoor riding area, a separate two-bedroom lodge, and various outbuildings. The castle is currently on the real estate market for roughly $2.5 million. 

Seton Castle is located in East Lothian in Longniddry, Scotland. Built in the late 18thcentury, the castle sits upon the site of what was once Seton Palace, which was demolished in 1789. The palace had belonged to the Earls of Winston and was a favorite retreat for Mary, Queen of Scots. The castle has numerous shaped towers and a central archway to reflect the old palace’s courtyard style. The last Earl of Winston lost his titles and the Seton estate to the Crown when he participated in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715. The estate was put up for auction and sold to an agent of the York Building Company, unfortunately, the company went bankrupt and the estate went on the real estate market in 1779. By 1780, the castle was said to be in ruins and it was demolished nine years later by Alexander Mackenzie. In 1789, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Mackenzie of the 21stDragoons commissioned a new modern-day mansion to be built upon the site. The Earl of Wemyss acquired the castle after Mackenzie’s death in 1796. The earl’s family owned the castle for over two centuries. In 2003, the estate was sold to property developer, Mary McMillan, who restored the castle and put it on the real estate market. It was purchased for $6.7 million in 2007 by entrepreneur Stephen Leach, who proceeded to complete further renovations before placing the castle back on the real estate market in 2019 for $9.7 million. The castle sits on 13.5 acres of private gardens and parkland and includes two cottages, working stables, and a private tavern. The interior of the castle boasts seven opulent bedrooms. The castle has ceiling plasterwork, curved oak paneled doors, bay windows, secret staircases, curved walls, a gym, a silk-lined dining room, a billiard room, a cinema, a helipad, a 10,000 bottle wine cellar, and hidden doors. One of the secret passageways leads to a turreted spiral staircase that ascends to an en-suite bedroom.