Castles in Scotland

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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
The Kenmore Hotel

The Kenmore Hotel
Kenmore, Central Scotland

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

Scotlands Oldest Inn (1572) rests at the mouth of the River Tay in the conservation village of Kenmore. Poets Bar hosts a poem by Rabbie Burns on the chimmey breast … more >>

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This leader of the Liberal party served as Prime Minister from 1908-1916



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Dedication of Waltham Abbey, Essex

The abbey was built on the order of Earl Harold of Wessex, later King Harold

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This king confronted Wat Tyler during the Peasant's Revolt of 1381



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Kingussie (Self catering)
Hillside West, Kingussie

Hillside West

An extremely well-presented, semi-detached, stone cottage, ideally situated in the friendly village of Kingussie in the stunning Cairngorms National Park and can sleep six people in three bedrooms.
Sleeps 6

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Strathpeffer (Self catering)
Rowan Lodge, Strathpeffer

Rowan Lodge

This ground floor log cabin, situated on a site with a few similar lodges on the outskirts of Strathpeffer in the Northern Highlands, can sleep four people in two bedrooms. …
Sleeps 4

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