FOUR Scottish castles have been named as being among the top 10 in the UK in a list compiled by South Western Railway (SWR).

In order to discover the UK’s top castle getaways, SWR collated a list of 79 UK castle hotels and then generated a score based on TripAdvisor ratings.

Nineteenth-century Fonab Castle in Perthshire is ranked second in the UK, behind Pentillie Castle Castle and Estate in Devon.

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The other castles in Scotland included Faside Estate in Musselburgh which was ranked in third place.

Kilmartin Castle in Argyll was ranked seventh meanwhile while Barcaldine Castle, also located in Argyll, came in eighth place.

On Fonab, SWR said: “The remarkable Fonab Castle is a listed mansion built in 1892, hidden amongst an 11-acre estate.

“With an almost perfect 4.5/5 TripAdvisor score and almost 4000 reviews, visitors have clearly been blown away by Fonab Castle.”

On Faside Estate, it said: “Faside’s origins go back as far as 1189 and feature a rich and bloody history. It was set alight by the English before the Battle of Pinkie Cleigh and hosted Mary, Queen of Scots, on the eve of the Carberry Hill Battle.”