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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Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
Edinburgh, Lothian

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

Impressively situated in 1000 acres of parkland lies the four-star Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club. With spectacular views to Edinburgh Castle and the Forth Bridges it is a celebration of … more >>

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Helmsdale (Self catering)
Farr, Helmsdale

Farr

Croft cottage overlooking fishing village. Peaceful, comfortable, exceptional views over river and sea. Ideal centre for touring, walking, fishing, golf and gold panning. Beach a short distance. Available all year. …
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Tigh na Creag, Portree

Tigh na Creag

This is a very well presented detached cottage situated on a hillside on the magical Isle of Skye, 12 miles from Portree and can sleep four people in two bedrooms.
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