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.
Mingary Castle Kilchoan, Highlands and Islands, Scotland The most westerly castle in mainland Britain, the ruined castle of Mingary dates to the 13th century and was owned for centuries by Clan MacIain. Mingary has seen historic drama aplenty; besieged and razed, garrisoned by the government troops, and famously attacked by the Spanish Armada. ... more
Most popular Scottish castles
Many visitors come to Scotland just to see these historic castles: