A list of Scotland Castles to Visit with Websites,
Images, Telephone Numbers, Postcodes and links to
Maps and Reviews.
Edinburgh and Stirling Castles were the only
Scottish Castles built to withstand attacks from
English armies. All other castles in Scotland were
built only to withstand attacks by neighbouring
Clans. Disputes between Scottish Clans could last for
hundreds of years, leading to tit for tat murders of
many prominent Clan members. Sometimes, marriage was
used to end disputes, and by the 1700s, murdering a
neighbour could lead to you being hauled through the
courts and sentenced to a gruesome death.
The Union between Scotland and England in 1707,
made Scotland a safer place, and the last battle on
the Scottish mainland was the Battle of Cullodon Moor
16th April 1746. From this time, Scotland Castles
were replaced by Mansions, or had mansions built onto
the side of the castles. Some mansions were built to
look like castles, but had little defence.
Most Scottish Castles charge between £8 &
£16 per adult to visit. Some offer entry to the
gardens only at reduced cost.
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Reviews. Large Map showing the Castles.
Edinburgh Castle is situated in the centre of
overlooking Princess Street and Gardens. This is the
most visited tourist attraction in Scotland. Phone
number 0131 225 9846.
Website . RS Page . EH1 2NG
Stirling Castle. In the
centre of Stirling with views over the town. A number
of Scottish Kings and Queens have been baptised,
crowned, or died within or near the Castle. At least
one King was murdered nearby, while another committed
murder inside. Phone 01786 450 000.
Website . RS
Page . FK8 1EJ . Image
The National Wallace
Monument, by Stirling. The Monument is packed with
fascinating exhibits and displays, one of Scotlands
top attractions, where you can find information on
Scotland's national hero, William Wallace. Phone
number 01786 472 140.
Website . RS Page . FK9 5LF . Image
Balmoral Castle, at
Crathie by Aberdeen. The foundation stone for
Balmoral Castle was laid by Queen Victoria September
28th 1853. The castle is now used as a holiday home
by the royals. Aituated mid way between Ballater and
Braemar, 50 miles west of Aberdeen. Phone number
01339 742 534.
Website . Hotels . AB35 5TB . Image
Blackness Castle, by
Edinburgh. Blackness Castle is a 1400s fortress with
a harbour on the firth of Forth, used by Royals to
keep control of the waters around Edinburgh and to
suply their Linlithgow Palace. Situated 18 miles west
of Edinburgh. Phone number 01506 834 807.
Web . RS Page . Hotels . EH49 7NH
Blair Castle, Blair
Atholl, Perthshire. Blair Castle is the ancient seat
of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. The castle has one
of Scotland’s finest settings, in Highland
Perthshire. Situated 35 miles north of Perth, 7 miles
north of Pitlochry. Phone number 01796 481 207.
Website . Hotels . PH18 5TL
Brodick Castle, Island of
Arran. The castle is situated above Brodick Bay, and
under Goatfell mountain, the top visitor attraction
on the island with grand interiors and fine gardens.
Arran is probably the most scenic island in Scotland.
Phone number 0844 493 2152.
Web . AS Page . Hotels . KA27 8HY
Castle of Mey, by John
O'Groats. The most northerly castle on the British
mainland that was restored by the Queen Mother, and
created the beautiful garden seen today. The Queen
Mother spent many summers here. Situated 6 miles west
of John O'Groats. Phone number 01847 851 473.
Website . Hotels . KW14 8XH
Culzean Castle, by
Maidens/Ayrshire. The National Trust for Scotland's
top visitor attraction. The Castle, Gardens, Visitor
Centre, Shops and Restaurants are open daily from
Friday 30 March until Wednesday 31 October. Phone
01655 884 455.
Web . AS Page . KA19 8LE . Image
Dean Castle, Kilmarnock/
Ayrshire. Robert the Bruce awarded these lands to the
Boyds who married into royalty when the sister of
James III married a Boyd. The local authaurities now
maintain the estate and castle, free tours available
most days. Phone number 01563 554 743.
Website . AS Page . KA3 1XB . Image
Dumbarton Castle, south
side of Dumbarton Town.
Dumbarton Castle is said to have the longest recorded
history of any fortress on the British Isles. The
castle was built on volcanic basalt known as
Dumbarton Rock, 240 feet in height. Phone number
01389 732 167.
Website . UDS Page . Hotels . G82 1JJ . Image
Dunrobin Castle, situated
about 52 miles north of Inverness. Dunrobin Castle
has been home to the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland
since the 1200s. The castle can be visited 1st April
to 15th October, entry price about £9 per adult.
Phone number 01408 633 177.
Website . Hotels . KW10 6SF .
Drumlanrig Castle, by
Thornhill in Dumfriesshire. Drumlanrig is an historic
castle with a rich history and filled with historic
arifacts. The Estate and Gardens are one of the top
visitor attractions in South Scotland. Situated about
17 miles north of Dumfries. Phone number 01848 331
Web . RS Page . Hotels . DG3 4AQ
Dundonald by Troon/ Ayrshire. Dundonald Castle is a
fortified tower house built for Robert II after
becomming king of Scotland in 1371. The castle was
used as a royal residence by the Stewart kings for
150 years. Phone number 01563 851 489.
Web . UDS Page . Hotels . KA2 9HD . Image
Dunnottar Castle, by
Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. Dunnottar Castle is a
ruined cliff top fortress, built out on rocks, in an
extremely scenic setting. Situated about 1 mile south
of Stonehaven, 15 miles south of Aberdeen. Phone
number 01569 762 173.
Web . UDS Page . Hotels . AB39 2TL
Eilean Donan Castle, West
Highlands on the road to the Isle of Skye. Eilean
Donan Castle is one of the most recognised in
Scotland, but also one of the most remote, situated
on an island at the point where three sea lochs meet.
Tel: 01599 555 202. Photo by Guillaume Piolle.
Website . Hotels . IV40 8DX . Image
Falkland Palace, in the
town of Falkland 40 miles
north of Edinburgh. Once a royal palace of the
Scottish Stewart Kings, Falkland Palace is where
James V died in 1542, aged 30. At the time of his
death, his wife Marie de Guise was giving birth to
their daughter Mary Queen of Scots, at Linlithgow
Palace. Mary stayed at Falkland in 1563 and 1565.
Phone number 01337 857 397.
Web . RS Page . Hotels . KY15 7DA
Floors Castle, by
Kelso/Borders. The impressive Floors Castle was built
by William Adam for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in
1721. Situated 1 mile west of Kelso. Phone number
01573 223 333.
Website . Hotels . TD5 7RW
Glamis Castle, by Dundee.
Glamis was the childhood home of Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, birthplace of Princess
Margaret and the setting for Shakespeare's play
Macbeth. Glamis Castle is situated about 12 miles
north of Dundee. Phone number 01307 840 393.
Website . Hotels . DD8 1RJ
Inverness Castle, in the
centre of Inverness. An 1836 castle sitting high
above the city, recently opened for tours with great
views over Inverness. There were earlier castles on
thi site from 1057 and 1548. Phone number 01463 237
Wiki Page . Hotels . IIV2 3EG
Linlithgow by Edinburgh. The roofless remains of
Linlithgow Palace are situated between the centre of
Linlithgow town and Linlithgow Loch. Birthplace of
Mary Queen of Scots. Situated in the centre of
Linlithgow 18 miles west of Edinburgh. Phone number
01506 842 896.
Web . RS Page . Hotels . EH49 7AL
Rothesay Castle, on the
Isle of Bute in the ferry town of Rothesay. The
historic castle dates back to the early 1200s with an
unusual circular plan and moat. The castle was built
by the Stewart's, survived Norse attacks, and was a
royal residence. Phone number 01700 502 691.
Web . RS Page .
Hotels . PA20 0DA
Scone Palace, 3 miles
north of Perth centre. One of the places where Scots
Kings were crowned on a famous stone. A place of
power and mystery, home of the Stone of Scone, also
known as the Stone of Destiny. Phone number 01738 552
Web . RS Page .
Hotels . PH2 6BD
Urquhart Castle, by
Urquhart Castle is one of the most visited castles in
Scotland as it is situated next to the Loch Ness
Monster Visitor Centre and boat trips at the Village
of Drumnadrochit. An impressive ruin with interesting
history. Situated 16 miles southwest of Inverness.
Phone number 01456 450 551.
Web . UDS Page . Hotels . IV63 6XJ