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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De Vere Venues Barony Castle

De Vere Venues Barony Castle
Peebles, Borders

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

Barony Castle is a beautiful mansion house built in 1536. Set in 25 acres, it offers a quiet and peaceful location. Ideally situated on the outskirts of the Scottish Borders, … more >>

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Staffin (Self catering)
Tigh Dhomhnaill, Staffin

Tigh Dhomhnaill

This stone, detached cottage is situated next door to the owners' home and is close to the village of Staffin on the Isle of Skye and sleeps five people in …
Sleeps 5

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Strontian (Self catering)
Marine Cottage, Strontian

Marine Cottage

This detached, rural cottage is near to the village of Strontian in the Scottish Highlands, and can sleep eight people in four bedrooms.
Sleeps 8

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