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.
MacLellan’s Castle Kirkudbright, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland A castellated town house, complete except for its roof, built in 1570's on the site of the medieval Greyfriars convent. The castle stands at the top of the main steeet in Kirkcudbright, and is sometimes called Kirkcudbright Castle. ... more
Most popular Scottish castles
Many visitors come to Scotland just to see these historic castles: