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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Dalhousie Castle

Dalhousie Castle
Edinburgh, Lothian

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

Dalhousie Castle is steeped in history. Located in extensive grounds beside the River Esk, yet only a short drive the centre of Edinburgh, the castle dates to the 13th century. Enjoy luxurious accommodation with a bit of something magic - what other hotel offers falconry within the grounds? Traditional Scottish hospitality in a luxurious 4 star castle hotel. more >>

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A marvellous, eco-friendly holiday home with stunning mountain views, a short walk from Loch Long near Dornie in the Scottish Highlands, with four bedrooms accommodating eight people.
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