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Scotland's Castles and the Aberdeenshire Castle Trail

Step back in time on Scotland's only Castle Trail. Aberdeenshire is matchless in the richness of its castle tradition, and Scotland's Castle Trail brings together some of the most splendid examples of castellated architecture together on a clearly sign-posted tourist trail. But don't stop there -- there are many gorgeous castles to be explored scattered all across the landscape of Scotland, and each of them worth leaving the beaten track for a glimpse and a photie!

Moneysaving Memberships for Tourists (and Locals!)

Many of the castles in Scotland are owned by the National Trust. I've copied some information below for anyone interested in visited National Trust properties in the UK and elsewhere. It's a great idea if you plan to see a lot of the castles and other historic sites, and it saved us a bundle of money! Much less expensive than paying the individual entrance fees, and the guidebooks are really helpful in deciding which places we wanted to see. Here's the info and some links & phone numbers if you're interested in joining or reading more. We HIGHLY recommend it!

The National Trust in Scotland and Overseas
 
Your membership will get you free admission to properties cared for by the National Trust for Scotland, including Inverewe Garden, Bannockburn, Culloden and Robert Adam’s masterpiece, Culzean Castle, plus...
 
The National Trust also has agreements with a number of other countries.
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If you’re visiting any of these places and have a valid membership card, you could visit their National Trust facilities for free or at a concessionary rate. Be sure to check that your membership is valid before you go as you will only be allowed access on presentation of a valid membership card.
 
There are 13 countries with similar organisations with whom the National Trust has reciprocal visiting arrangements for its members:
Join from the USA
 
More than 40,000 Americans belong to the Royal Oak Foundation, the National Trust's US membership affiliate.
 
A not-for-profit organisation, the Royal Oak helps the Trust through the generous tax-deductible support of members and friends by making grants towards its work.
 
Royal Oak member benefits include:
  • Free admission to properties of the National Trust and National Trust for Scotland
  • The National Trust Handbook
  • Three editions of the National Trust members' magazine
  • The quarterly Royal Oak newsletter
  • Royal Oak also awards scholarships to US residents to study in Britain and sponsors lectures, tours and events in both the US and UK, designed to inform Americans of the Trust's work.
Contact the Royal Oak Foundation:
 
Postal address:
 
The Royal Oak Foundation
26 Broadway #950
New York
NY 10004
USA
 
Tel: +1 (212) 480 2889
Fax: +1 (212) 785 7234
In the US, call toll-free:
1 800 913 6565
 
 

 
Join the National Trust:
 
Worldwide:
 
From the USA:
 
 
Historic Scotland Memberships
 
You may also want to consider joining Historic Scotland as many of the historic properties, including Edinburgh Castle, Skara Brae in Orkney, Stirling Castle, Urquhart Castle Loch Ness, are maintained by them: http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/

 

missandrea81 says:
Ty, for this blog! I'm going on a round trip of Scotland with my friend and this will help us so much!! :)
Posted on: May 27, 2011
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