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
The Cross Keys Hotel

The Cross Keys Hotel
Peebles, Borders

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

The Cross Keys Hotel was built in 1693 and is the oldest inn within the picturesque town of Peebles. Located on Northgate just off the main street we are close … more >>

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Accommodation

Nairn (Self catering)
Seaview, Nairn

Seaview

A semi-detached cottage in the town of Nairn in the Scottish Highlands that can sleep four people in two bedrooms.
Sleeps 4

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Mallaig (Self catering)
Cooinda Flat, Mallaig

Cooinda Flat

This apartment set across the first floor in the village of Morar, near Mallaig in west Scotland, sleeps five people in three bedrooms.
Sleeps 5

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