I Kings, Queens & Castles

One of the things that people find fascinating about Britain is that we have a monarchy.

Wherever you go you see evidence of Royalty: in the names of pubs, streets, concert halls and railway stations.

You see their monograms on post boxes, their portraits on stamps and their coats of arms on their favourite shops.

If you want to catch a glimpse of the Royal Family while you're here, there are a number of state occasions when you can do so: like the Ceremony of Trooping the Colour in June.

Castles ... There are literally hundreds of castles in England, Scotland and Wales, evidence of an unsettled and often bloody past.

Some castles are still intact and are much as they would have been five or six hundred years ago.

Others battle-scarred and siege-wrecked survive only as romantic ruins.

At one time the Scots has their own monarchs who in the Middle Ages ruled from Edinburgh Castle.

The castle raised on a great volcanic rock still towers over the city.

In 1745 Charles Edward Stuart, a descendant of King Charles I rallied the Scottish clans around him in a bid to claim the British throne.

This event is always linked with the Isle of Skye, where the young pretender was rowed across the water by a woman called Flora Mac Donald.

This unsuccessful uprising is commemorated by a monument in Glenfinnan.