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
Tulloch Castle

Tulloch Castle
Dingwall, Highlands and Islands

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In days of old, only the Laird or the Chief of the Clan could enjoy a relaxing stay in a Scottish Highland Castle. Nowadays, times have changed. At Tulloch Castle … more >>

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Accommodation

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Caladh Na Sith, Broadford

Caladh Na Sith

This cosy detached bungalow sleeps five people in three bedrooms, and is in Breakish near Broadford, Isle of Skye.
Sleeps 5

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Marine Cottage, Strontian

Marine Cottage

This detached, rural cottage is near to the village of Strontian in the Scottish Highlands, and can sleep eight people in four bedrooms.
Sleeps 8

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