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
De Vere Venues Barony Castle

De Vere Venues Barony Castle
Peebles, Borders

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating

Barony Castle is a beautiful mansion house built in 1536. Set in 25 acres, it offers a quiet and peaceful location. Ideally situated on the outskirts of the Scottish Borders, … more >>

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This 13th century Franciscan monk and scholar taught at Oxford and Paris, and is famous for his research into optics



14 December, 1542

James V of Scotland dies

James's death at Falkland meant that his infant daughter Mary was named Queen of Scots

Defeated Robert, Duke of Normandy, at the Battle of Avranches





Accommodation

Nairn (Self catering)
Cuddle Cottage, Nairn

Cuddle Cottage

This two storey getaway is nestled in the thriving town of Nairn in the Scottish Highlands, hosting one bedroom for two people.
Sleeps 4

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Gairloch (Self catering)
The Old Armoury, Gairloch

The Old Armoury

This beautiful semi-detached cottage rests in the village of Gairloch, in the Scottish Highlands and can sleep seven people in four bedrooms.
Sleeps 7

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