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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Balmule House

Balmule House
Dunfermline, Fife

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

Nestled in 30 acres of wooded grounds just 2 miles from Dunfermline this 14th Century House offers luxurious accommodation opulent surroundings free Wi-Fi and on-site parking. Approached by a sweeping … more >>

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Accommodation

Acharacle (Self catering)
Ardnish, Acharacle

Ardnish

This welcoming detached house in Acharacle sleeps up to twelve people in six bedrooms.
Sleeps 12

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6 Knott, Suladale

6 Knott

This lovely detached cottage is set between Portree and Dunvegan on the edge of the small crofting community of Suladale and sleeps seven people in four bedrooms.
Sleeps 7

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