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:

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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 Cross Keys Hotel

The Cross Keys Hotel
Peebles, Borders

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

The Cross Keys Hotel was built in 1693 and is the oldest inn within the picturesque town of Peebles. Located on Northgate just off the main street we are close … more >>

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HISTORY CORNER
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Sir Winston Churchill was born at what stately home?



21 July, 1403

Battle of Shrewsbury

Henry IV and Prince Henry defeat rebels led by Henry (Hotspur) Percy

This king was buried beside his father at Fontevraulx Abbey





Accommodation

Embo (Self catering)
Heatherwood House, Embo

Heatherwood House

Sitting room with wooden floors wood burning stove and sun room. Spacious kitchen with dining area TV and doors to patio. Utility room. Master double bedroom with 5' bed and …
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Newtonmore (Self catering)
Treetops, Newtonmore

Treetops

Treetops is a beautiful five bedroom Edwardian property situated in an idyllic position on the edge of the Highland village of Newtonmore. It has been extensively refurbished to …
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