Discover some of the highlights that make the ‘Lantern of the North’ a shining example of Scottish medieval architecture.
Visit the site of the shrine of St Kentigern, around which Scotland’s largest city sprang up.
Explore the castle where Mary Queen of Scots and new husband Lord Darnley stayed during the Chaseabout Raid.
Visit the seat of one of medieval and Renaissance Scotland’s most powerful families, the earls of Huntly.
Visit ‘the noblest of northern castles’ – even ruined, the stronghold of the mighty earls of Mar is a fine example of a 13th-century castle.
Hop on a boat to make the memorable journey to the ‘Castle in the Sea’, seat of the chief of Clan Macneil.
Imagine being imprisoned in this island stronghold, as Mary Queen of Scots – formerly a guest here – once was.
See in the remains of Sir Thomas MacLellan’s tower house how castle building had evolved by the late 1500s to favour comfort over cannons.
Stand in awe of one of Europe’s finest chambered tombs, built 5,000 years ago, its entrance aligned with the setting of the midwinter sun.
Learn about Pictish society from a striking set of 26 carved stones, one of the most important collections of early medieval sculpture in Western Europe.
See this water-powered mill spring to life in the summer months when it’s put to work to show how oatmeal is made.
Contrast the beauty of this rediscovered treasure with the notoriety of its most famous noble resident.