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.
Ardvreck Castle Inchnadamph, Highlands and Islands, Scotland Ardvreck Castle is a 15th century fortified tower house, and the traditional seat of the MacLeods of Assynt. The castle was constructed by Angus Mor III in the late 15th century. That first castle was a simple rectangle, 3-4 storys high. Sometime in the 16th century Donald Ban IX added a tower, vaulted cellars, and a vault above the great hall. ... more
Most popular Scottish castles
Many visitors come to Scotland just to see these historic castles: