21 Jan King of the Castles

Top 5 Castles in France One of the first words you need to learn when you get to France is "chateau". France is home to some of Europe’s most stunning castles (or should we say chateaux). For a change from cosmopolitian Paris, why not indulge in a different kind of experience and take a fairy-tale journey of France’s most beautiful castles? Without further ado, here are our top 5 French castles:   5. Chateau d’Amboise Located in the town of Amoise, this castle is a late 9th century design that sits above the River Loire. The medieval castle was restored after the 16th century and it still retains its formidable outer circuit of defensive towers and walls. 4. Chateau de Chantilly Situated in the quaint town of Chantilly, the Chateau de Chantilly is a historic monument boasting a rare assortment of 17th century pieces. Every two years, the castle hosts Nuits de Feu, a biannual fireworks competition. 3. Chateau de ChenonceauBuilt in the 11th century on the banks of the River Cher, this castle is one of the most well-known castles of the Loire Valley. Designed by French architect Philibert de l’Orme, the picturesque, bridge-like castle spans across the width of the river with the western side looking out to the water. Inside, visitors will also be impressed by the castles’ extensive collection of art and antiques. 2. Chateau de Chambord Located in the Loire valley in Europe’s largest enclosed wooded park, Chateau de Chambord is the perfect fairytale castle. With...

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26 Aug Capture the Castle

While most people think of castles as residences for the royal, wealthy, or privileged, the Scots placed emphasis on much more than just edifice: defense was the primary purpose (though of course, the wealthy did enjoy living in them). During the Dark and Middle Ages, the British Isles were littered with skirmishes among invading vandals, neighboring cities, and even within the same extended families! But as times changed, along did Scotland’s castles, with adaptations to suit the new tools of warfare. Check out Panrimo’s favorite castles in Scotland and note the variety of castle styles, as well as the sheer magnificence! 7.) Culzean Castle Although this castle may look less formidable than the rest on this list, note the turrets and battlements that were incorporated into the design, making this pretty, aristocratic looking castle a much deadlier force than it seems. The perfect place to walk and enjoy beautiful outdoor gardens, aside from the incredible interior, Culzean Castle is owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland. 5.) Dunvegan Castle Located on the Isle of Skye off the western coast of Scotland, Denvegan Castle overlooks Denvegan Loch and the Minch, a narrow straight separating the Inner Hebrides (inner Scottish isles, closest to the Western shore), from the more distant Outer Hebrides, providing fantastic views across the waters. Dunvegan Castle is the oldest continuously habited castle in Scotland and is still the seat of the MacLeod Clan, an historically famous Scottish clan from the...

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