Whenever visitors are asked what they love most about Scotland, castles often comes top of their preference list. This doesn’t come as a complete surprise. After all there used to be more than 3,000 castles in Scotland with Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye being the oldest one and the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for the past 800 years. The north east of Scotland is also home to the only dedicated Castle Trail in the country.
While some of these ancient buildings have completely decayed over time or have been left in ruins, others are in the custody of Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and the National Trust of Scotland (NTS). Both organisations care for the historic and cultural heritage by promoting their castles as visitor attractions. And then there are those castles which have been restored to their former glory and re-opened as historic
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