Sleeping with the Barony

KNIGHT LIFE: A room at Skibo Castle

The Vikings founded the Scottish stronghold of Skibo in the 9th century, but it is hard to know what they would make of it today. After fighting off the likes of Madonna (who got married in 2000 in the castle that was built on the original Viking site) and Robbie Williams (who celebrated his birthday there in March of this year), the intrepid Norsemen would probably not recognize their 1,000-year-old home. Where once there were serfs, there are now staff, and a golf course stands on former grazing land. Such is the world of 21st century castles....

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