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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Featured Historic Hotel
Comlongon Castle

Comlongon Castle
Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

Set amidst acres of stunning gardens just 30 minutes from Gretna and 20 minutes from Dumfries this Medieval Castle offers luxury accommodation award winning dining free Wi-Fi and a … more >>

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This ransom was first paid during the reign of Aethelred the Unready to prevent Danish attack



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This Day in British History

04 December, 1214

William, King of Scots dies

He is succeeded to the throne by Alexander II

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This king established the Order of the Garter



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Accommodation

Fort William (Self catering)
Oak Cottage, Fort William

Oak Cottage

This cottage is a short walk from Fort William's town centre and sleeps six people in three bedrooms.
Sleeps 6

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Newtonmore (Self catering)
Tall Pines Lodge, Newtonmore

Tall Pines Lodge

This charming detached cottage is privately located in the town of Newtonmore and sleeps sixteen people in eight bedrooms.
Sleeps 16

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