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

Aviemore (Self catering)
Osprey Apartment, Aviemore

Osprey Apartment

This charming apartment rests in Scottish Highlands, close to Aviemore and can sleep two people in one bedroom.
Sleeps 2

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Drumnadrochit (Self catering)
Stonywood Cottage, Drumnadrochit

Stonywood Cottage

This semi-detached stone cottage is located in the village of Drumnadrochit in the Scottish Highlands and sleeps 4 people in 2 bedrooms.
Sleeps 4

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