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.
Craigievar Castle Alford, Grampian, Scotland If ever a Scottish castle deserved the moniker 'fairy tale', it is Craigievar. In fact, rumour has it that Walt Disney used Craigievar as the model for the Disney castle. Certainly there is something magical about the proliferation of towers and turrets that spring from the earlier foundations of this attractive fortified house. And make no mistake, this is a tower 'house' rather than a castle in the traditional sense. ... more
Most popular Scottish castles
Many visitors come to Scotland just to see these historic castles: