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
Melville Castle

Melville Castle
Edinburgh, Lothian

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

Melville Castle once home to the influential Dundas family is set within a 50 acre estate of wooded parkland on the picturesque banks of the river North Esk. Located just … more >>

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British History Quiz

This battle outside York saw the triumph of Harold Hardrada of Norway over Edwin and Morcar, Earls of Mercia and Northumbria respectively



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This Day in British History

26 April, 1320

Declaration of Arbroath

Scottish nobles send a letter to the Pope affirming their loyalty to Robert the Bruce as king, ignoring papal objections

Monarch Mayhem

Her reign saw the growth of the British Empire to its largest extent



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Accommodation

Corpach (Self catering)
Little Danescroft, Corpach

Little Danescroft

This semi-detached cottage in the Highland village of Corpach sleeps two people.
Sleeps 2

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Portree (Self catering)
13 Sconser, Portree

13 Sconser

This detached cottage is close to the village of Portree near to Fort William and can sleep seven people in four bedrooms.
Sleeps 6

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