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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Lairg (Self catering)
Cottage: HCSU306, Lairg

FCH10694

This beautiful chalet is ideally situated in the little community of Inverkirkaig which is just 2 miles along the scenic road from Lochinver where there are good local shops a …
Sleeps 4

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Aviemore (Self catering)
Ski View Cottage, Aviemore

Ski View Cottage

This semi-detached cottage is located in the village of Aviemore and can sleep three people in two bedrooms.
Sleeps 3

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