Often described as Scotland's most romantic castle, Eilean Donan sits on a tiny island in Loch Duich in the western Highlands. After being largely destroyed during a 1719 Jacobite uprising, the castle lay in ruins for nearly two centuries, but was restored in the early 1900s.


Bodiam Castle in East Sussex is a moated castle which was owned originally by the Dalyngrigge family, but is now looked after by the National Trust. Sadly, although the castle's exterior looks much as it it would have when it was built in the 14th century, the inside is largely in ruins.

Imposing Caernarfon Castle in north Wales was built by Edward I as he tried to stamp his supremacy on a region which had only recently come under English control. The unusual design has been said to deliberately evoke the walls of Constantinople, as well as Roman architecture.

It may look medieval, but Castell Coch near Tongwynlais in Wales was built in the 18th century for John Crichton-Stuart, the third Marquess of Bute. However, neither he or his family really used it once finished, and it was given by his descendants to the Welsh government

Set on a hill in West Sussex overlooking the River Arun, Arundel Castle was founded by Roger de Montgomery, one of William the Conqueror's key advisors, in the 11th century. Today, it is the principal seat of the Norfolk family.

There can be few castles with a more dramatic location than the medieval structure on St Michael's Mount, the rocky Cornish island accessible by foot at low tide. The castle is home to the St Aubyn family, who have resided there since the 17th century.
 One of the largest houses in Scotland's northern Highlands, the very French-looking Dunrobin Castle in Sutherland owes much of its present appearance to Sir Charles Barry, the Victorian architect behind London's Westminster Palace.

Used in countless films, from Elizabeth (1998) to Robin Hood (2010), Bamburgh Castle rises from a rocky coastal outcrop in Bamburgh, Northumberland. The historian and TV presenter Dan Snow calls it "impossibly powerful and dramatic".

 Another commanding castle built by Edward I, Conwy Castle – crowned with eight massive towers – sits on a rock promontory on Wales's north coast. It is said to be one of the best preserved medieval fortifications in Britain.

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