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Castles?

Rancho Palos...
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Castles?

We will be arriving this Saturday and spending 3 days in St. Andrews (husband golfing) and 4 days in Edinburgh. The non-golfers have hired a bus and there is a planned itinerary. There seems to be a lot of castles in this itinerary and I'm not sure I want to visit so many!! I like to go off on long walks, so may divert from the plans. Which of these castles are a must see in your opinion?

Glamis, Stirling, Balmoral, Edinburgh (will see this one), Floors. There are other activities planned as well, Royal Ship Discovery, Perthshire, Pithlochry, Braemar, Verdant Works while in St. Andrews.

What is a must? Thank you so much!!!

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I'm shocked not to see Falkland Palace on this list!!! Nice historic castle set in the center of a medieval town that has retained a lot of that character.

Glamis is a beautiful, historic and elegant castle. They have a nice garden right next to the castle, so you could sit out the tour there. I'd say Glamis and Stirling are the must sees.

Stirling is a stunning castle and everything a castle should be. Historic, well preserved and sitting in an incredibly defensible position! Great views and some nice, grassy, peaceful places to sit out a tour and relax.

Balmoral was underwhelming in our opinion. One internal room open to the public, lots of Windsor artifacts (car's etc...). THey may have a garden there which I don't remember and certainly some real estate to wonder (like thousands of acres).

Edinburgh is a must see, I'll leave it at that. Stirling is sometimes described as a miniature Edinburgh Castle. Same look and feel. Real castles. Glamis and especially Balmoral are more like palaces or our huge country homes. Balmoral was constructed in the 1800s.

If you have any control over the itinerary, I'd try to push to drop Balmoral. It's well out of the way. I'd push for Falkland, which is in a much tighter loop w/the other castles. I will say the landscape around Balmoral and Breamar is very nice!!!

Never heard of Floors.

Georgia
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OK, so I looked up Floors Castle. It's more of a country home like Balmoral or even Glamis. THe pictures look stunning!

One thing to consider. Some of these castles site of large estates, with gardens and park land to walk. I'd definitely go on the visits, but if you want you could spend that time walking around.

How many days does this span over?

Rancho Palos...
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We will be in St. Andrews 3 full days and Edinburgh for 3 full days. I don't see Falkland on our itinerary, but will look it up. Maybe its close to other sights we are visiting and I can scoot on over. Maybe I'll use the day they go to Braemar and Balmoral as a day to do the coastal walk. I love fishing villages and walking.

Thank you for your response, its very helpful!!

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Agree with Kevin--Stirling, Glamis and Edinburgh are all interesting, each in a different way.

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