Our favourite castles to visit in the UK

Arundel Castle

Did you know that the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from J.K. Rowling OBE’s Harry Potter books and movies has topped the poll of 1,000 kids aged six to 16 – despite not being real? The study on the top 10 castles that kids want to visit was commissioned by English Heritage ahead of its forthcoming #LoveCastles season, which aims to encourage families to take a trip to one of the nation’s forts. Fictional castles dominated their bucket lists – although landmarks such as Dover Castle, Edinburgh Castle and Windsor Castle all featured in the top 10: Top 10 Castles… Continue Reading “Our favourite castles to visit in the UK”

Our Scottish Road Trip

During our visit to Scotland we decided to take a road trip up the coast of Angus as far as Stonehaven and then turn inland to see the Pine Forests, visit the queen at Balmoral and then turn back and head back through the Cairngorms in search of some snow. During our visit I purchased an Explorer pass which can gain you entry into 77 properties all over Scotland, including Edinburgh Castle and Arbroath Abbey was included and was on our route up the coast, so our first port of call for the day. You enter the Abbey into a small… Continue Reading “Our Scottish Road Trip”

A Visit to Merida’s Home – Dunnottar Castle, Scotland

Dunnottar Castle

During our recent visit to Scotland our hosts, Louise and Graeme from Newton Farm gave us lots of fabulous suggestions of places to visit and one that stood out immediately was Dunnottar Castle. Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland near Stonehaven, about an hour from where we were staying and is the inspiration behind Merida’s DunBroch family castle from the film Brave. The castle is hidden from the road and is a short walk along an uneven path from the car park but as soon as it comes into view you know you are visiting… Continue Reading “A Visit to Merida’s Home – Dunnottar Castle, Scotland”