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Visit castles on your spring breaks to Scotland

You might be lucky with the weather, but even if it's raining, your spring breaks in Scotland can be made more memorable by a visit to some of the country's spectacular old castles. There are so many to choose from, and you're bound to find a few in your holiday area.

Eilean Donan castle (www.eileandonancastle.com), in the north-west, dates back to the 13th century. It is situated by the pretty village of Dornie at the meeting point of 3 sea lochs, Loch Long, Loch Duich and Loch Alsh. It has views over to Skye and the dramatic 5 Sisters of Kintail. Admission is £6, or £15 for a family of 2 adults and 3 children. The castle cottage in Dornie is available for weekly lets. Call 01599 555202 for details and prices.

Glamis Castle (www.glamis-castle.co.uk) in the north-east, 5 miles from Forfar and 12 miles from Dundee, is famous for being the childhood home of the late Queen Mother and the setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth. Stroll the lavish grounds and admire the imposing ramparts. Admission to castle and grounds is £9.50 adults, £7 for children, with reductions for family groups.

The National Trust's Culzean Castle in Ayrshire (www.culzeanexperience.org) is an enticing blend of romantic castle and 18th-century country house. It was remodelled by the famous architect Robert Adam between 1777 and 1792 and features the remarkable Oval Staircase.

Culzean is set in nearly 600 acres of woodland and countryside, with waymarked paths winding past secluded ponds, a Deer Park, along cliff top trails and across secluded beaches. Admission prices are: Adults £14, children £10 and family £34.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children)

For more details on castles and historic places to make your spring breaks in Scotland interesting and enjoyable, check the Visit Scotland website (www.visitscotland.com).

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