You will find some great Castles that are close to Craig Tara Holiday Park, some of the closest are listed below.
18th century castle. Built between 1777 and 1792, owned by the national trust Scotland. With 40 buildings and secret follies in this country park, including the magnificent cliff-top castle. Explore the woods, beaches, parkland, Swan Pond, deer park and cliffs.
13th century castle. Originally located on an island within Loch Doon, this 13th century castle was dismantled and rebuilt on the side of the loch after the water level was raised in the 1930s for a hydroelectric scheme.
Remains of imposing royal castle dating from 14th century, built by Robert II in the 1371. Used as a royal residence by the early Stewart kings for the next 150 years.
Standing on a triangular headland with Morton Loch on two sides, the remains of an earlier 13th century castle were rebuilt in the 15th century as an impressive hall-house. The castle is still owned buy the descendants of the Douglases, the Scott Dukes of Buccleuch. Morton was sacked by James VI in 1588.
Dunskey Castle, Portpatrick
Remains of 16th century tower house on the site of a 14th century castle. The current tower house was built after the medieval castle burned down in the early 16th century. Standing high at the head of a rocky promontory, the new castle was not occupied for long, being described as ruinous as early as 1684.
Portencross Castle, Ayrshire
Remains of 14th century castle. Started around 1360, Portencross was the seat of the Boyds of Kilmarnock. The castle was occupied until 1739, when a particularly nasty storm blew the roof off.
Craignethan Castle, Crossford
Remains of early 16th century artillery fortification. Built in the first half of the 16th century, it is based around a tower house built by Sir James Hamilton of Finnart. Possibly the last great private military castle to be built in Scotland, Craignethan is a fine example of an early artillery fortress.
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