Scottish castles, the homes of the many old rulers of the land, are one of the many things visitors flock to Scotland for. But which ones to see?
We’ve profiled 13 of these best…
1. Eilean Donan Castle
The quintessential Scottish castle.
It’s both an ancient place – a castle has been on the site for over 800 years – and a modern one.
It was rebuilt in the early 20th century and is therefore one of the few complete castles in Scotland.
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2. Floors Castle
Floors Castle is regarded as being the largest castle to be inhabited in Scotland. Located in Kelso in the heart of the
Scottish Borders, this is actually the home of Duke and Duchess of Roxburgh along with their family.
In other words, the Floors Castle boasts of mighty interiors with timeless tapestries and antiques and fine works of
3. Fyvie Castle
As a result of being passed down through five royal generations, Fyvie Castle – located in Aberdeenshire near Turniff – the family has made several additions over the years to this imposing structure.
In particular, the sweeping staircase is considered to be one of the finest results of architectural art
4. Dunrobin Castle
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Situated on the northern coast near Donroch, Dunrobin looks more like a Swiss chateau than a Scottish castle.
However it is as Scottish as the rest of the places on this list: it dates back to the early 1300s.
With 189 rooms, this is reputed to be the largest castle in the whole of Scotland.
5. Culzean Castle and Country Park
With its captivating history, dramatic landscapes, Robert Adam architecture, and striking surroundings, this is one of the most popular tourist spots on the West of Scotland (it overlooks the Firth of Clyde near Ayr).
Surrounded with over 600 acres of Country Park, it would be a great place to visit even without the castle.
6. Drummond Castle Gardens
We’ve include this Perthshire castle in the list not really due to the building – Drummond Castle is not particularly
impressive nor open to the public – but for its gardens.
The Gardens are however open and reputed to be the best in Scotland.
7. Kilchurn Castle
Built on a rocky and small isthmus which is then joined at the shore at the tip of Loch Awe, this ruin has one of the more imposing settings in Scotland.
The powerbase of the infamous Campbell clan of Glen Coe massacre fame.
8. Brodie Castle
Brodie Castle, near Inverness, dates back to the 16th century, contains the Clan Brodie’s major art collection.
It’s a great place to visit in spring when its grounds are carpeted with daffodils.
9. Dirleton Castle
Dirleton Castle is a ruined medieval fortified house with the world’s longest herbaceous border.
10. Castle Fraser
Castle Fraser, near Aberdeen, was featured in The Queen, starring Helen Mirren. It was begun in 1575 with additions in the centuries since then.
One of many Scottish castles reputed to be haunted.
11. Caerlaverock Castle
Probably the most imposing (militarily) of the castles featured here, Caerlaverock Castle in Dumfies features a moat guarding high walls.
A castle has existed here since the 1300s.
12. The Black Watch Castle and Museum
The Black Watch is a renowned regiment of the Royal Regiment Of Scotland.
A museum charting its history from 1725 is housed here in Balhousie Castle in Perth.
13. Kelburn Castle and County Center
We’ll close this list with a bit of an oddity: Kelburn Castle and County Center.
A rather humdrum castle, it has become popular since its exterior walls were decorated with cartoon characters.