With research revealing that almost half of Brits have never visited a Scottish Castle, VisitScotland is encouraging visitors to get castle-bagging.

The research also reveals that the Queen’s Holiday Home, Balmoral Castle, is Scotland’s second best-known castle after the iconic Edinburgh Castle.

In total, Scotland is thought to have around 3000 standing castles, ruins and documented sites. Of these, 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.

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.

From World Heritage Sites to listed buildings, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends, the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology has celebrated 270 events across the Scotland and a wealth of activity including workshops, competitions and new products developed in celebration of the year.

To discover more about Scotland’s Castles, visit: https://www.visitscotland.com/blog/attractions/top-scottish-castles/

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