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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Featured Historic Hotel
West Loch Hotel

West Loch Hotel
Tarbert, Strathclyde

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

The West Loch Hotel dates from circa 1780 retaining many of its original features. This charming former Inn is now a modern hotel and restaurant offering fresh distinctive well-priced food … more >>

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British History Quiz

Sir Winston Churchill was born at what stately home?



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This Day in British History

25 April, 1284

Birth of Prince Edward (Edward II) at Caernarfon Castle

He was later named 'Prince of Wales', a title conferred on heirs to the English throne since

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This king married Anne of Bohemia when they were both 15



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Accommodation

Dunvegan (Self catering)
Mill Cottage, Dunvegan

Mill Cottage

This very spacious detached house is situated in the popular village of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye and can sleep eight people in four bedrooms.
Sleeps 8

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Strathpeffer (Self catering)
Rowan Lodge, Strathpeffer

Rowan Lodge

This ground floor log cabin, situated on a site with a few similar lodges on the outskirts of Strathpeffer in the Northern Highlands, can sleep four people in two bedrooms. …
Sleeps 4

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