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4 types of Scottish castles you should visit right now


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With research revealing that almost half of Brits have never visited a Scottish Castle, we thought we'd give you a run down of the best castles you should go explore... as soon as possible!

In total, Scotland is thought to have around 3,000 standing castles, ruins and documented sites.

Go for the classics

The best castle in Scotland accolade went to Edinburgh Castle, with over a third of the votes, ahead of Stirling, Urquhart and St Andrews' castles.

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Kenny Lam, all rights reserved

Go for the ancient

Aberdour Castle in Fife and Castle Sween in Argyll are thought to be two of the oldest datable standing castles in Scotland, dating from around 1200, and the youngest castle in Scotland is thought to be Carbisdale Castle, which was built in 1907.

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Paul Tomkins, all rights reserved

Go for the romance

Dunrobin Castle in Sutherland was voted the most romantic-looking castle! with over a quarter (29%) of the votes, it was followed by Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire and popular visitor favourite Eilean Donan Castle in the Highlands.

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Paul Tomkins, all rights reserved

Go for the spooks

On the opposite side of the scale, Slains Castle in Peterhead was voted as the most likely to be haunted, followed closely by the iconic Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven and in third place, Brodick Castle on Arran.

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VisitScotland, all rights reserved

Overall, of the total 3,000 standing castles, about 1050 are merely sites, including those where a house has been built on the site of a previous castle, and about 825 are standing ruins.  At the last count, around 660 were in use (private house, hotel or wedding venue) and around 469 were open to the public - though some only for a couple of weeks each year, so you'd better act fast!

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