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
Shieldhill Castle Hotel

Shieldhill Castle Hotel
Biggar, Strathclyde

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

Nestled in the beautiful upper Clyde Valley just 40 minutes from Edinburgh and Glasgow this 12th Century grand Scottish mansion offers AA Rosette dining luxurious accommodation free Wi-Fi and parking. … more >>

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Accommodation

Carbost (Self catering)
7 Harport Cottages, Carbost

7 Harport Cottages

This terraced cottage in the Isle of Skye village of Carbost sleeps five people in three bedrooms.
Sleeps 6

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Broadford (Self catering)
1A Kylerhea, Broadford

1A Kylerhea

This detached stone cottage is in a seaside location in the small village of Kylerhea on the Isle of Skye, 10 miles from Broadford, and sleeps 4 people in 1 …
Sleeps 4

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