My son found a picture of this castle on his laptop's Windows wallpaper options and has been in love with it for ages so we thought we'd visit. So surreal to see it in real life - and every bit as beautiful as the picture. It's a fair old walk down steps to the castle, not so bad going down but pretty tough going back up. Worth the effort though. The grounds are very well looked after and the castle parts are well labelled with great info boards along the way. The view is stunning (the weather was good for our visit). Young children are given crayons and a quiz to do as they go round. It was fascinating learning all about the Scottish crown jewels and how they were hidden. The cherry on the cake was the young lad playing the bagpipes at the entrance which really added to the ambience as the sound carried on the wind all around the castle. It was haunting! Bearing in mind we were staying in Loch Awe and Stonehaven was over 4hrs drive away I would definitely recommend a visit as we thought it was worth the trip.
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