Not only Madonna, but everyone is a star on a Scottish castle wedding or honeymoon
Pop diva Madonna turned the media spotlight on the Scottish Highlands with her December, 2000 wedding in romantic Skibo Castle, near Dornoch in the north east Highlands. She has described it as a lovely big old castle surrounded by rolling hills.
But it's not only the "Queen of Pop" who can treat herself to a vacation in a Scottish castle. There are many castles in Scotland which offer hotel and bed-and-breakfast accommodations and some that can be rented by guests as their own private home-away-from-home.
Here are a few from which to choose:
Dalhousie Castle and Spa at Bonnyrigg near Edinburgh is over 700 years old and has welcomed such famous names as Sir Walter Scott, Queen Victoria and more recently, Boyzone! There are 29 bedrooms with private bathrooms and a nearby lodge with five country-style bedrooms. A new Aqueous Hydro Spa is the first of its kind in Scotland. The four-star hotel is open all year except January 7-19. For bookings, tel: 011 44 1875 820153; fax: 011 44 1875 821936; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tulloch Castle Hotel based in Dingwall, north of Inverness dates from 1166 and along with refurbished bedrooms and a cosy restaurant offers a secret passage, dungeons and a tour of the historic hotel with the chance to experience one of the many ghosts. It is widely regarded as one of the most positive places for ghost sightings in Europe, but the many clairvoyants who have visited say that the ghosts are friendly! The three-star hotel is open all year, except December 25 and January 1 and 2. Rates are from £40 ($64) per person, including breakfast. For bookings: tel: 011 44 1349 861325; fax: 011 44 1349 863993.
Dunans Castle at Glendaruel in Argyll is very secluded even though it is only 59 miles north west of Glasgow. It is a Scots Baronial castle run as a guest house with its own moat and three resident ghosts. There are six suites and the hotel offer activities such as quad biking and archery. Weddings are also possible in the castle chapel. Four-star Dunans Castle has the British Automobile Association's Five Diamond award and is also a member of the Taste of Scotland. Open all year. Rates from £45 ($72) per person, including breakfast. For bookings: tel: 011 44 1369 820380; fax: 011 44 1369 820213; e-mail: email@example.com; web: http://www.dunans-castle.co.uk
Delgatie Castle near Turriff in Aberdeenshire is a historic 11th century stately home, which has been in the Hay family for the last 650 years. It offers two self-catering apartments and five cottages. There are four poster beds; a restaurant and weddings can take place in their chapel. It is open all year and rates start from £169 ($270) self-catering. For bookings: tel: 011 44 1888 562750; fax: 011 44 1888 563479; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information
on accommodations and what to see and do in Scotland and a copy
of the Scottish Tourist Board's brochure entitled "Scotland
Vacation Planner" call the British Tourist Authority toll-free
on (877) 899 8391. For a copy of the Scottish Tourist Board's
brochure "Stay in a Castle" call 011 44 131 332 2433.
On the web: http://www.visitscotland.com
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