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his role in the victory. Besides Eisenhower memorabilia and fi ne 18th century furniture, there’s an extensive collection of armor and weapons dating from the 17th century. T e luxury Eisenhower apartment has six double/twin bedrooms that are available as either individual accommodation or for groups of up to twelve. Fine Scottish cuisine is served in the dining room guests can relax in the drawing room off ering dramatic sea views. Culzean is a unique choice for the discerning traveler. www.culzeanexperience.org Fenton Tower/Edinburgh Region: Originally built in the mid-16th century, this ancient monument was in virtual ruins when Ian Simpson and his life-long friend John Macaskill, decided to start the Tower’s restoration in 1998. Because it’s a listed ancient monument and a Category A-listed building, Historic Scotland supervised the meticulous restoration, which included using the identical materials when it was originally built. Today, the tower combines fi ve-star luxury and sophistication with the informality of a private home and is available for exclusive rental for 8 to 12 guests, or individually rented


Andrew Marshall discovers the most intriguing and exciting castles in Scotland


colourful and turbulent history - the stuff of swashbucklers, legends and ghost stories. All the classic imagery can be found in abundance; secret passageways, spiral staircases, dungeons, haunted rooms, four-poster beds, old oil paintings, chandeliers, suites of armour, stuff ed game and roaring log fi res - and the good news is that you can spend the night at many of these castles. Generally there are two types of castle hotels - those operated as regular hotels with rooms rented individually by the night and castles that must be rented on an exclusive use basis, where your group will have sole occupancy as the only guests. T ese are usually smaller luxury castles, with several guest bedrooms, and


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here’s no more Scottish an image than that of a castle surrounded by swirling mist, and most of Scotland’s castles ooze a


it's these that perhaps off er the most personal castle experience of all. Here are six of the best in diff erent regions of Scotland: Culzean Castle/Ayrshire: T ere’s a sense of anticipation as you drive the twisting wooded laneway towards the front door of this storybook castle. In a truly spectacular setting, Culzean stands dramatically on a rocky promontory on the Ayrshire coast commanding views across the sea to the mountains of Arran and the Mull of Kintyre. Designed by noted Scottish architect, Robert Adam, Culzean is considered one of the fi nest examples of a Georgian castle in the country, the Oval Staircase and Circular Saloon being standout features of his work. T e castle has strong US connections, and the Scottish people donated the top fl oor to General Dwight D. Eisenhower after World War II, as a token of their appreciation for


rooms on a nightly basis. Located just 20 miles east of Edinburgh Fenton Tower is the castle of choice if you are interested in playing Muirfi eld or any of the fi fteen or so other courses within a ten mile drive. If you are interested in shooting or fi shing, then grouse, partridge and pheasant shoots for up to eight guns, and fl y fi shing on the nearby rivers can be arranged. www.fentontower.co.uk Ethie Castle/East Coast: An ancient sandstone keep dating from the 14th Century, Ethie Castle is reputed to be Scotland’s second oldest permanently inhabited castle, and was immortalised by Sir Walter Scott as ‘Knockwinnoch’ in the novel T e Antiquary. In recent years it has been meticulously restored and maintained and is currently the residence of the de Morgan family. “First and foremost, this is a family home, but we have three rooms available and can


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