Edinburgh Castle The brooding black crags of Castle Rock rising above the western end of Princes Street are the very reason for Edinburgh’s existence. This rocky hill was the most easily defended hilltop on the invasion route between England and central Scotland, a route followed by countless armies from the Roman legions of the 1st and 2nd Centuries to the Jacobite troops of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745. (Karl Blackwell/LPI)
Eilean Donan Castle Situated on an off-shore islet in Scotland’s northern Highlands, this castle is magically linked to the mainland by an elegant, stone-arched bridge. One of the country’s most evocative fortresses, this is where the castle scenes from the movie Highlander were filmed. (Sean Caffrey/LPI)
Kilbryde Castle in Scotland is a 16th century L-plan tower house which incorporates a building which dates from around 1460. Like many such castles, it was remodelled and extended in the 19th century, mainly around 1877. It is situated about three miles from Dunblane and Doune.