Castles in Scotland

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About the gazetteer

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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The Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course

The Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course
Kelso, Borders

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course is a beautiful country house hotel offering fantastic food a championship golf course world-class fishing and shooting and the warmest of Scottish welcomes. … more >>

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Mint Cottage, Findhorn

Mint Cottage

This charming, detached cottage in Findhorn sleeps six people in three bedrooms.
Sleeps 6

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The Whitehouse

This most impressive and superior detached cottage is situated three miles from Poolewe in the stunning North West Highlands and can sleep eight people in four bedrooms.
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