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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Balmule House

Balmule House
Dunfermline, Fife

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Nestled in 30 acres of wooded grounds just 2 miles from Dunfermline this 14th Century House offers luxurious accommodation opulent surroundings free Wi-Fi and on-site parking. Approached by a sweeping … more >>

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Uig (Self catering)
Sealladh Breagh, Uig

Sealladh Breagh

This detached cottage is situated on a hillside, six miles from Uig on the Isle of Skye sleeping eight people in three bedrooms.
Sleeps 8

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Aldernaig Mill, Invergarry

Aldernaig Mill

This unique old mill holiday cottage, on the edge of Invergarry in the Highlands of Scotland, sleeps 8 people in four bedrooms.
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