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
New Inn Hotel

New Inn Hotel
Ellon, Grampian

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

The New Inn Hotel is an historic old coaching inn built in 1704 overlooking the River Ythan in Ellon. Among our many facilities we can offer fine dining in The … more >>

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Accommodation

Kyle of Lochalsh (Self catering)
25 Langlands Terrace, Kyle of Lochalsh

25 Langlands Terrace

This superb stone cottage is situated in Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland and can sleep two people in four bedrooms.
Sleeps 4

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Lochcarron (Self catering)
Roisin Dhu, Lochcarron

Roisin Dhu

This detached log cabin is near the village of Lochcarron in Scotland and sleeps six people in three bedrooms.
Sleeps 6

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