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.
Inverurie Bass Inverurie, Grampian, Scotland A 12th century motte and bailey castle, rather oddly set within a later burial ground, one of the few Norman style mottes in north east Scotland. David, Earl of Huntingdon, was a powerful Norman noble and heir to the Scottish throne. Sometime in the 1170s, as part of an attempt to exert his control over the Strathdon region, David built a motte and bailey fortress beside the confluence of the Don and the Urie, at Inverurie. ... more
Most popular Scottish castles
Many visitors come to Scotland just to see these historic castles: