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
Kirkconnel Hall Hotel

Kirkconnel Hall Hotel
Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

Originally home to the Arnott family Kirkconnel Hall dates as far back as the 15th century, providing the property with great historic interest. It is only 10 miles north of … more >>

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Accommodation

Kilchoan (Self catering)
Doirlinn House, Kilchoan

Doirlinn House

This detached house is in the village of Kilchoan near to Tobermory and can sleep eleven people in five bedrooms.
Sleeps 11

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Kingussie (Self catering)
Hillside East, Kingussie

Hillside East

A traditional stone built terraced house in a bustling town located in the heart of a National Park, this property provides comfortable and cosy accommodation for up to three people.
Sleeps 3

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