The Eilean Donan Castle (Highlands, Scotland) - XIII sec.
Muncaster Castle is owned by the Pennington family, who have lived at Muncaster for at least 800 years. The Muncaster estate was granted to Alan de Penitone in 1208. The oldest parts of the castle include the Great Hall and the 14th century pele tower, a type of watch-tower fortification unique to the English-Scottish border region. It is suspected that the site of the castle lies on foundations dating to the Roman era, which, if they exist, may relate to the nearby Roman fort of Glannoventa at Ravenglass. The placename “Muncaster” contains the Latin word castra, meaning “encampment”, or “fort”.
The castle overlooks the Esk river, about a mile east of Ravenglass in Cumbria, England. It is reportedly one of the most haunted castles in England.
Alcazar Castle in Segovia, Spain, in the winter. Photo by Javier Javisego.
Wray Castle was built as a large private house at Claife in the English county of Cumbria, in the Gothic Revival style in 1840. In its lifetime, the castle has been used for a variety of purposes, including as a training centre, and is now a National Trust property open to the public during the visitor season from April to early November.