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 Luib Hotel

The Luib Hotel
Ardchyle, Central Scotland

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

The Luib Hotel is an ideal place to stay for travellers needing to relax conveniently situated midway between Killin & Crianlarich with its backdrop of magnificent mountain sceneery. The Luib …

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Accommodation

Findhorn (Self catering)
High Beach, Findhorn

High Beach

This traditional detached cottage rests in Findhorn, Scotland, and can sleep six people in three bedrooms.
Sleeps 6

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Spean Bridge (Self catering)
Holly House, Spean Bridge

Holly House

This detached house is resting near the village of Spean Bridge, close to Fort William, and can sleep ten people in five bedrooms.
Sleeps 10

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