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.
Newark Castle, Glasgow Port Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland An impressive tower built about 1478 by Sir George Maxwell, on lands aquired by the Maxwell family through an advantageous marriage in 1402. Sir George's contributions at Newark include a tall tower house in the north east corner of the site, and the western gatehouse. James IV stayed at Newark in 1495 on his way to the Hebrides. The castle was later extended and strengthened by Sir Patrick Maxwell, who became laird in the 1580s. ... more
Most popular Scottish castles
Many visitors come to Scotland just to see these historic castles: