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This is one of Scotlands four Royal Palaces. It stands on a promontory of Loch Linlithgow. Its ruins are worth visiting on any tours of Scotland. It has many striking architectural features and is usually not that crowded with visitors.   It has been a royal residence since at least...

This is a beautiful Victorian property near Castlerea , County Roscommon , Ireland. It was built in the mid-19th Century to replace an earlier 17th Century house.   Its setting in extensive parkland makes it worth a visit on any tours of Ireland.   It was occupied by the O’Connor’s,...

This picturesque village is well worth a visit on any tours of Scotland. It is a recognised ancient site above Pitlochry.   The church has a lintel stone with the date 1613. The building was enlarged in 1704 and improved again in 1787. In the graveyard there are interesting graves...

This Georgian mansion lies on the shores of Clew Bay if your tours of Ireland take you in that direction.   The present house dates from around 1730 (start date) and is built on the site of one of the O’Malleys castles. The O’Malley name is that of...

By Ann Harrison, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link   Aberchirder, known locally as Foggieloan or Foggie (which means mossy field), is a quaint village in Aberdeenshire. Its attraction on any tours of Scotland is its castle and the views.   The village was founded in 1764 and is laid out in...

This magnificent house was formerly the seat of the Dukes of Leinster. It is famous for its magnificent saloon decorated by the “Francini brothers” in 1739.   Carton is 14 miles west of Dublin and worth a stop on any tours of Ireland.   It originated from the “Manor of...

This is one of Scotland’s oldest inhabited castles, and as such, worth seeing on any tours of Scotland.   The oldest part of the castle is thought to date from 1360 and the home of the Seward family. The Seward’s fought against MacBeth in 1054.   In 1613 it passed...

  Now this is a real hidden gem on any tours of Ireland.   It is almost the sole survivor of the small thatched manor houses once in vogue amongst the minor Irish gentry.   It was built around 1776 by Isaac Corry, M.P for Newry. He was Chancellor of the...

  This is a sentinel rock that sits in the Firth of Clyde. If you are on tours of Scotland you will see it off the West coast. If you are near Girvan it is clearly visible.   Ailsa Craig is in fact a large volcanic core over 1,000 feet...

  This is an estate on the banks of Lough Coole, near the town of Enniskillen, in Northern Ireland. If you are passing that way on any tours of Ireland it is worth a stop.   It has been the home of the Corry family since 1656. The present house...