Historic Houses in Scotland

Abbotsford House - Winton House

Many Scottish historic houses are named 'castles'. The term castle may refer to a defensive structure that was adapted for domestic purposes by later generations. The historic houses in this section are a mixture of those that started as castles and those built only for domestic purposes. They are, on the whole, occupied today or habitable. If you can't find a favorite place here, try looking under Ruined Castles, Towerhouses and Palaces. It is best to check opening times with the local TIC or the establishment itself before visiting, as visiting times can change without notice. If you'd like to stay in a Scottish castle, see our Castle Hotels in Scotland page.

Map of all Historic Houses in Scotland

Name Town County Organisation Heritage Rating
Abbotsford House Abbotsford Borders Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Alloa Tower Alloa Central Scotland National Trust for Scotland 4 Heritage Rating
Argyll’s Lodging Stirling Central Scotland Historic Scotland 4 Heritage Rating
Arniston House Edinburgh Lothian Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Ayton Castle Eyemouth Borders Historic Houses Association 3 Heritage Rating
Balcaskie House Pittenweem Fife 3 Heritage Rating
Ballindalloch Castle Ballindalloch Grampian Historic Houses Association 3 Heritage Rating
Balmoral Castle Balmoral Grampian 5 Heritage Rating
Biel House Stenton Lothian Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Blair Castle Blair Atholl Tayside Historic Houses Association 5 Heritage Rating
Blairquhan Kirkmichael Strathclyde 4 Heritage Rating
Bowhill Bowhill Borders Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Brechin Castle Brechin Tayside Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Brodick Castle Brodick Strathclyde National Trust for Scotland 4 Heritage Rating
Broughton House Kirkcudbright Dumfries and Galloway National Trust for Scotland 3 Heritage Rating
Cairness House Lonmay Grampian Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Callendar House Falkirk Central Scotland 4 Heritage Rating
Castle Fraser Sauchen Grampian National Trust for Scotland 4 Heritage Rating
Castle Menzies Weem Tayside 4 Heritage Rating
Corehouse Lanark Strathclyde Historic Houses Association 3 Heritage Rating
Craigdarroch Moniaive Dumfries and Galloway Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Craigston Castle Turriff Grampian 3 Heritage Rating
Crathes Castle Crathes Grampian National Trust for Scotland 4 Heritage Rating
Culzean Castle Maybole Strathclyde National Trust for Scotland 4 Heritage Rating
Dalmeny House South Queensferry Lothian Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Doune of Rothiemurchus Aviemore Highlands and Islands Historic Houses Association 3 Heritage Rating
Drum Castle Drumoak Grampian National Trust for Scotland 4 Heritage Rating
Drumlanrig Castle Thornhill Dumfries and Galloway Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Dumfries House Cumnock Strathclyde 4 Heritage Rating
Dunfermline Abbey and Palace Dunfermline Fife Historic Scotland 5 Heritage Rating
Dunninald Montrose Tayside Historic Houses Association 3 Heritage Rating
Dunrobin Castle Golspie Highlands and Islands Historic Houses Association 5 Heritage Rating
Falkland Palace Falkland Fife National Trust for Scotland 5 Heritage Rating
Fasque Fettercairn Grampian 4 Heritage Rating
Ferniehirst Castle Jedburgh Borders 3 Heritage Rating
Finlaystone House & Garden Langbank Strathclyde Historic Houses Association 3 Heritage Rating
Floors Castle Kelso Borders Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Georgian House Edinburgh Lothian National Trust for Scotland 3 Heritage Rating
Glamis Castle Glamis Tayside Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Gosford House Longniddry Lothian Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Haddo House Methlick Grampian National Trust for Scotland 4 Heritage Rating
Hill House Helensburgh Strathclyde National Trust for Scotland 3 Heritage Rating
Hill of Tarvit House Cupar Fife National Trust for Scotland 3 Heritage Rating
Holmwood House Glasgow Strathclyde National Trust for Scotland 3 Heritage Rating
Hopetoun House South Queensferry Lothian Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
House of Dun Montrose Tayside National Trust for Scotland 3 Heritage Rating
House of the Binns Linlithgow Lothian National Trust for Scotland 3 Heritage Rating
Inveraray Castle Inveraray Strathclyde Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Kelburn Castle Fairlie Strathclyde Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Lauriston Castle Edinburgh Lothian 3 Heritage Rating
Leith Hall Huntly Grampian National Trust for Scotland 3 Heritage Rating
Lennoxlove Haddington Lothian Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Manderston House Duns Borders Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Mellerstain House Mellerstain Borders Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Monzie Castle Crieff Tayside Historic Houses Association 3 Heritage Rating
Mount Stuart Rothesay Strathclyde Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Newhailes Musselburgh Lothian National Trust for Scotland 4 Heritage Rating
Newliston Kirkliston Lothian Historic Houses Association 3 Heritage Rating
Palace of Holyroodhouse Edinburgh Lothian 5 Heritage Rating
Paxton House Paxton Borders Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Pollok House Glasgow Strathclyde National Trust for Scotland 3 Heritage Rating
Rammerscales Lockerbie Dumfries and Galloway Historic Houses Association 3 Heritage Rating
Scone Palace Perth Tayside Historic Houses Association 5 Heritage Rating
Skaill House Sandwick Highlands and Islands 3 Heritage Rating
Sorn Castle Sorn Strathclyde Historic Houses Association 3 Heritage Rating
Stevenson House Haddington Lothian 3 Heritage Rating
Stobhall Perth Tayside 4 Heritage Rating
Thirlestane Castle Lauder Borders Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Torosay Castle Craignure Strathclyde Historic Houses Association 4 Heritage Rating
Traquair House Innerleithen Borders Historic Houses Association 5 Heritage Rating
Winton House Pencaitland Lothian 3 Heritage Rating
Name Town County Organisation Heritage Rating
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