Cathedrals and Castles

Ballindalloch Castle – is one of the most beautiful and renowned castles in Scotland. Known as the Pearl of the North, it is located in the heart of Speyside, near to the famed local whisky distilleries of Cragganmore, Glenlivet, Glenfarclas and Glenfiddich.  www.ballindallochcastle.co.uk – 01807 500205

Brodie Castle – set in peaceful parkland, this fine 16th-century tower house is packed with enough art and antiques to keep connoisseurs happy all day. www.nts.org.uk 0844 4932156

Cawdor Castle – a magical name, romantically linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth, Cawdor is a superb fairy-tale Castle, and just what every visitor is looking for …  Scottish history that you can touch and see and sense for yourself. It dates from the late 14th century and was built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor and the ancient medieval tower built around the legendary holly-tree.  http://www.cawdorcastle.com/ – 01667 404401

Duffus Castle – is one of the finest examples of a motte and bailey castle in Scotland. The raised ground of the motte and bailey look somewhat out of place sitting like an island in a sea of very flat farmland, but at the time of its construction its position was far more strategic. www.castlexplorer.co.uk – 01667 460232

Elgin Cathedral is one of Scotland’s most beautiful medieval buildings, a magnificent ruin, much of which dates back to the 13th century.  Its many outstanding architectural features include the country’s finest octagonal chapter house –www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/elgin/cathedral  – 01343 547171

Spynie Palace – For five centuries, Spynie Palace was the residence of the Bishops of Moray standing on the edge of Spynie Loch, a sea loch providing direct access and a safe anchorage. It was the centre of a thriving settlement, yet today nothing remains of the medieval town. www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/elgin/spynie – 01343 546358

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