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
Knipoch Hotel

Knipoch Hotel
Oban, Strathclyde

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

Nestling beside Loch Feochan in Argyll Scotland lies Knipoch Hotel (pronounced neepoch -och as in loch). With its original structure dating back to 1592 this four star country house hotel …

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Accommodation

Garve (Self catering)
Tigh Na Drochit, Garve

Tigh Na Drochit

A detached cottage in the remote village of Garve in the Highlands, sleeping ten people in five bedrooms.
Sleeps 10

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Muir of Ord (Self catering)
Old Manse, Muir of Ord

Old Manse

This detached cottage rests in Muir of Ord, Scotland and can sleep eight people in five bedrooms.
Sleeps 8

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