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
The Allan Ramsay

The Allan Ramsay
Carlops, Lothian

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

The Allan Ramsay Hotel est. 1792 is one of Scotland's oldest coaching inns. It is located in the village of Carlops at the foot of the Pentland Hills … more >>

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Uig (Self catering)
Ceol na Mara, Uig

Ceol na Mara

This welcoming first floor apartment is situated 1.5 miles from Uig and sleeps six people in three bedrooms.
Sleeps 6

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A LOVELY SINGLE-STOREY COTTAGE WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS SET IN 2.5 ACRES, SLEEPS  7 + 4

This unique detached cottage is set within the Parish of Rendall on the the north east side of West …
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