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 & Spa Resort

Airth Castle Hotel & Spa Resort
Falkirk, Central Scotland

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

The Airth Castle Hotel & Spa Resort is situated in the heart of Central Scotland. The property is located 20 minutes from Edinburgh, 30 minutes from Glasgow and 15 minutes … more >>

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HISTORY CORNER

Name the Historic attraction

Name the mystery historic attraction
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British History Quiz

This exhibition hall was built to serve as the centrepiece for the Great Exhibition of 1851



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This Day in British History

24 July, 1567

Mary, Queen of Scots abdicates

Mary, imprisoned at Lochleven Castle, is forced to cede the throne to her son, the infant James VI

Monarch Mayhem

This monarch's sons were called 'The Devil's Brood'



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Accommodation

Portree (Self catering)
MacKenzie’s Peak, Portree

MacKenzie’s Peak

This semi-detached cottage in Sconser near Portree sleeps six people in three bedrooms.
Sleeps 6

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Uig (Self catering)
Jubilee Cottage, Uig

Jubilee Cottage

This cottage is set in a lovely location looking out to sea, 1.3 miles from the village of Uig on the Isle of Skye and sleeps six people in three …
Sleeps 6

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