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
Letham House

Letham House
Haddington, Lothian

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

Nestled at the bottom of a secluded driveway Letham House is located just outside the small market town of Haddington in East Lothian. This beautiful area is just a short … more >>

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Accommodation

Dundonnell (Self catering)
The Wee Barn, Dundonnell

The Wee Barn

This converted barn sits near Laide in the Scottish Highlands and can sleep two people in one bedroom.
Sleeps 2

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Halkirk (Self catering)
Church Court Cottage, Halkirk

Church Court Cottage

Sleeping up to five people in two bedrooms, this single storey semi-detached cottage is in the village of Halkirk, 6 miles from Thurso.
Sleeps 5

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