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
Airth Castle Hotel & Spa Resort

Airth Castle Hotel & Spa Resort
Falkirk, Central Scotland

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

The Airth Castle Hotel & Spa Resort is situated in the heart of Central Scotland. The property is located 20 minutes from Edinburgh, 30 minutes from Glasgow and 15 minutes … more >>

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Inverness on the River, Inverness

Inverness on the River

This is a first floor, city centre apartment in Inverness, situated in a quiet, private development, just yards from the banks of the River Ness and can sleep four people …
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Inshcraig, Kincraig

Inshcraig

This detached cottage is located near to the village of Kincraig in the Cairngorms and sleeps six people in three bedrooms.
Sleeps 6

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