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.
Rowallan Castle Kilmaurs, Strathclyde, Scotland Rowallan Castle is a magnificent Renaissance mansion, home to the Muir family, based around a late 13th century two-storey tower house. The tower house was constructed in 1263 as a rectangular keep, measuring some 35 feet x 28 feet, with a courtyard wall abutting the west side of the tower. Rowallan's chief claim to fame is thart the earliest known lute music in Scotland was composed here. ... more
Most popular Scottish castles
Many visitors come to Scotland just to see these historic castles: