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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Friars Carse Country House Hotel

Friars Carse Country House Hotel
Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

Set in a 45 acre estate including woodland The Friars Carse Country House Hotel is located only 7 miles from Dumfries town centre yet enjoys a tranquil rural location. … more >>

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This assembly of Parliament in 1653 consisted of 140 'godly men' selected by Cromwell and the Council of Officers



22 September, 1761

George III crowned with Queen Charlotte

The couple had only married 2 weeks previously at St James's Palace

This monarch was dubbed the Virgin Queen, for she never married





Accommodation

Dunvegan (Self catering)
Taigh an Tobair (House by the Well), Dunvegan

Taigh an Tobair (House by the Well)

This detached cottage is set in the village of Colbost on the Isle of Skye and sleeps five people in three bedrooms.
Sleeps 5

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Kingussie (Self catering)
Glendarroch Cottage, Kingussie

Glendarroch Cottage

This detached, pet friendly cottage for 4 people is in the town of Kingussie in the northern mountains of the Cairngorms National Park, and is close to the golf course …
Sleeps 4

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