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:

Castles Menu
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
Cross Keys Hotel

Cross Keys Hotel
Kelso, Borders

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

The Cross Keys Hotel is superbly situated in the heart of Kelso's picturesque French-style cobbled square. The present hotel was built in 1769 but in other forms a Cross Keys … more >>

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HISTORY CORNER
Name the mystery historic attraction
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The 'rough wooing' described what action by Henry VIII?



24 May, 1450

Jack Cade's rebellion begins

Cade, an Irish soldier, led men from Kent, Surrey, Sussex,, and Middlesex against Henry VI

This pious king was married to Eleanor of Provence





Accommodation

Drumnadrochit (Self catering)
Bridgend House, Drumnadrochit

Bridgend House

This detached cottage is in the heart of Drumnadrochit and sleeps eight people in four bedrooms.
Sleeps 8

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Fort William (Self catering)
Flat 3 Caledonian Court, Fort William

Flat 3 Caledonian Court

This apartment is in the town of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands and can sleep four people in two bedrooms.
Sleeps 4

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