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.
Claypotts Castle Broughty Ferry, Tayside, Scotland One of the best examples of 16th century Scottish tower house architecture in the country, Claypotts was built between 1569 and 1588 by John Strachan, on land leased from Lindores Abbey. The Strachans sold the castle to Sir William Graham of Ballunie, and it was later owned by 'Bonnie Dundee', John Graham of Claverhouse. The castle reverted to the crown after the battle of Killicrankie, and was then granted to the 2nd Marquis of Douglas. The castle passed by marriage to Earls of Home, and in 1929 the family gifted … ... more
Most popular Scottish castles
Many visitors come to Scotland just to see these historic castles: