Castles in Scotland

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About the gazetteer

Border feuds, not just with England, but also with their neighbors, spurred much of the architecture of Scottish castles. The tower house, built for two purposes-to serve as both a home and a defense against attack-was often the basis for further expansion into a full-blown castle. Some tower houses remained just that and mirror a harsh and dangerous way of life. If you'd like to stay in a Scottish castle, see our Castle Hotels in Scotland page. For more information you might enjoy the Scottish Castles Association.

Most popular Scottish castles
Linlithgow Palace

Many visitors come to Scotland just to see these historic castles:

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Most Scenic
Eilean Donan Castle, Highlands

Our picks as the 5 most scenic castles in Scotland:

  1. Eilean Donan Castle
  2. Lochranza Castle
  3. Corgarff Castle
  4. Castle Stalker
  5. Kilchurn Castle


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Featured Historic Hotel
Airth Castle Hotel

Airth Castle Hotel
Airth, Central Scotland

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

Airth Castle Hotel Spa sits majestically overlooking the River Forth and the glorious countryside of picturesque Forth Valley and Central Scotland with much of Scotland s national Heritage … more >>

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Accommodation

Laggan (Self catering)
Creag-na-Sanais, Laggan

Creag-na-Sanais

This peaceful, detached property located in the grounds of a sheep and cattle farm has comfortable accommodation for up to four people.
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Corpach (Self catering)
Laxdale Cottage, Corpach

Laxdale Cottage

Sleeping four people in two bedrooms, this cosy single storey cottage in the village of Banavie offers superb views of Ben Nevis, and is three miles from Fort William.
Sleeps 4

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