Linlithgow Palace: a guide to visiting the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots

View of the exterior of Linlithgow Palace near Edinburgh

Just the name, Linlithgow Palace, conjures up images of Scottish Royalty and the rich history of the country. In actual fact the palace now stands as a ruin and possibly doesn’t quite fit a classic Scottish castle image! (I always think it looks a little harsh as a building and not like some fairytale castles … Read more

8 fairytale castles near Edinburgh to visit – the best in the city and around

Stirling Castle from the West in late afternoon autumn sunshine.

If you’re visiting Scotland and you’re looking for castles to visit nearby to Edinburgh then you’re in luck because not only are there 3 that are in the city itself there are another 5 to choose from nearby that I have highlighted here in this guide. There are actually many more around Scotland that you … Read more

The 10 best castles in Germany to visit: history and beauty

best castles to visit in germany

German castles are something else and are often just like something out of a fairytale, not surprising since many fairytales originated in these areas.  They are picturesque but more than that they are full of amazing history.  Some look older than others but are actually quite new and some are really old yet are famous … Read more

A helpful guide to visiting the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

Visiting the Palace of Holyrood house in Edinburgh is one way to learn more about the Royal family as it is one of their official residences.

The history just seeps from the walls as you walk around the luxurious interiors of this Royal Palace in Edinburgh. You hear stories that take you all the way back to the 11th century, shock you when Mary, Queen of Scots was alive and intrigue you with the current royal family. I’m quite the fan … Read more

The 6 best castles near London to visit

best castles near london england

Anyone visiting the UK can be easily blown away and even overwhelmed by the enormous amount of history on offer whether that’s ancient stones, Roman ruins, medieval castles or Victorian architecture.  Yes, we do have a lot!   For anyone who is based near London and wants to visit a nice traditional English castle – … Read more

Visiting Colditz Castle – your complete guide

Visiting colditz castle, Saxony Germany

The town of Colditz lies in East Germany and as such it’s not really on the tourist trail and definitely counts as an off the beaten track destination.  There is something quite interesting about the castle here though so if you’re planning on visiting Colditz Castle, which dominates the view over the town, then read … Read more