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When you visit Scotland, you won't go far without seeing its medieval heritage—there are centuries-old castles from the northernmost reaches of the Orkney Islands down to Edinburgh and Glasgow, with more than a few choices across the Highlands. Better still? Many of these castles have been preserved and updated as five-star hotels, so you, too, can be royal. These are eight of the best.

When you visit Scotland, you won't go far without seeing its medieval heritage—there are centuries-old castles from the northernmost reaches of the Orkney Islands down to Edinburgh and Glasgow, with more than a few choices across the Highlands. Better still? Many of these castles have been preserved and updated as five-star hotels, so you, too, can be royal. These are eight of the best.

Colossal castles from around the world (17 photos)

Colossal castles from around the world (17 photos)

14 Fairy Tale Castles You Must Visit In Scotland - Hand Luggage Only - Travel, Food & Home Blog

14 Fairy Tale Castles You Must Visit In Scotland - Hand Luggage Only - Travel, Food & Home Blog

Scottish Castles - Castle of Mey

Scottish Castles - Castle of Mey

Inveraray Castle, Loch Fyne, Scotland. Seat of Clan Campbell

Inveraray Castle, Loch Fyne, Scotland. Seat of Clan Campbell

Scottish Castles open to the public.....good to know for my trip to Scotland

Scottish Castles open to the public.....good to know for my trip to Scotland

The Mackenzie Castle, Scotland,

The Mackenzie Castle, Scotland,

Scotland - an under water castle ...for the MERMAIDS!! SCOTTISH MERMAIDS!!                                                                                                                                                     More

Scotland - an under water castle ...for the MERMAIDS!! SCOTTISH MERMAIDS!! More

The castle in Scotland where I met my husband. I got lost and he was the one who found me....Good memories....

The castle in Scotland where I met my husband. I got lost and he was the one who found me....Good memories....

Ardverikie House in the Highlands of Scotland. LOOK AT ALL THOSE FABULOUS TURRETS AND SNOW-COVERED SPIRES,

Ardverikie House in the Highlands of Scotland. LOOK AT ALL THOSE FABULOUS TURRETS AND SNOW-COVERED SPIRES,