Beautiful Castles of Britain
Here are some castles in Britain, and a little info about each one!
Castle Stalker - Port Stalker, Argyll, Scotland
Castle Stalker (pronounced 'stall-ker') is located on Loch Laich in Argyll in the Scottish highlands. It was built in 1320 by the MacDougall Clan, and has now been restored and is in private ownership. However, it is open to visitors for a few weeks during the summer season.
Alnwick Castle - Northumberland, England
Alnwick is owned and still inhabited by the Duke of Northumberland's family, the Percys. Most of the present castle was built in the 1300's, but there has been a castle on this site for over 1000 years! There are guided tours available from April to October.
Bodiam Castle - Robertsbridge, East Essex, England
Bodiam Castle was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, and was owned by various English families throughout the centuries. It's interior was partially restored in the 19th century. It is now owned by the National Trust and is open to the public.
Dudley Castle - Dudley, West Midlands, England
Dudley Castle was built on a site where prior wooden structures had existed since about 1070. The stone structure that remains today was completed in the first decade of the 14th century. It is known to have been visited by Queen Elizabeth I, and was considered as a possible prison for Mary Queen of Scots. It is open to the public, and there is a zoo on the castle grounds. Dudley Castle is also said to be very haunted!
Eilean Donan Castle - Dornie, Scotland
Donan Castle was originally built in the 13th century, but was nearly destroyed in the 18th century, and was subsequently rebuilt and refurbished. It sits on a small island in Loch Duich in the Western Highlands of Scotland, and is connected by a bridge to the mainland. It has appeared in many films, and is now a private home.
Conwy Castle - Conwy, Wales
Conwy Castle was completed in 1289. It has eight towers with connecting walls. Its interior is built around open courtyards, and it is remarkably intact, for its age. Conwy is open to the public.
Carrigogunnell Castle - Co. Limerick. Ireland
While this castle is in poor state of preservation, the ruins are darkly romantic and offer a superb view of the Shannon estuary and surrounding countryside below. Built around the middle of the 15th century, it is linked to several old legends, one of which tells of a spectral candle which, when seen flickering at night, presaged the death of anyone who looked upon it.