Castles in Scotland

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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
West Loch Hotel

West Loch Hotel
Tarbert, Strathclyde

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

The West Loch Hotel dates from circa 1780 retaining many of its original features. This charming former Inn is now a modern hotel and restaurant offering fresh distinctive well-priced food … more >>

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Accommodation

Newtonmore (Self catering)
Haven, Newtonmore

Haven

This detached cottage is located in the village of Newtonmore and can sleep nine people in four bedrooms.
Sleeps 9

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Thurso (Self catering)
Rose Cottage, Thurso

Rose Cottage

This delightful, single-storey cottage is situated two miles from Lybster in Northern Scotland and sleeps five people in three bedrooms.
Sleeps 5

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