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List of castles in Scotland

This list of castles in Scotland is a link page for any castle in Scotland.

The first castles were built in Scotland in the 11th and 12th centuries, with the introduction of Norman influence. These motte and bailey castles were replaced with the first stone-built castles around 1200. By the late 14th century, the large curtain-walled castles had begun to give way to more modest tower houses, vertical dwellings with less formidable defences. This type of vertical house continued to be popular with Scotland's landowning class through to the late 17th century, when classical architecture made its first appearance in the country. Meanwhile the advance of artillery pressed military engineers to devise stronger fortifications for important royal strongholds.

In the late 18th century, medieval architecture was revived, and castle-style houses were built once more. These "castles" had no defensive capability, but drew on military and tower-house architecture for their decorative detail. This trend culminated in the Scottish Baronial style of the 19th century.

There have been well over two thousand castles in Scotland, although many are known only through historical records. They are found in all parts of the country, although tower houses and peel towers are concentrated along the border with England, while the best examples of larger Renaissance-era tower houses are clustered in the north-east.

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Aberdeenshire

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Aberdeen Castle Unknown 13th century No remains N/A Aberdeen, Destroyed June 1308
Balmoral Castle Baronial house 1856 Still in use as a residence Private residence of The Queen Royal Deeside, On the site of a 15th century castle
Birse Castle Baronial house Restored as a residence Private Forest of Birse, Rebuilt 1911
Bognie Castle Tower house 1660s Ruined Private Huntly Also known as Conzie Castle
Braemar Castle Tower house 17th century Preserved Owned by the Farquharsons of Invercauld and managed by Braemar Community Ltd. Braemar,
Cairnbulg Castle Z-plan tower house 14th century In use as a residence Lady Saltoun Cairnbulg, Restored in the 19th century. Also known as Philorth Castle. One of the Nine Castles of Knuckle.
Corgarff Castle Tower house c.1550 Preserved Historic Scotland Strathdon,
Craigievar Castle Tower house 1626 Preserved NTS Alford,
Craigston Castle Tower house 1607 In use as a residence Private Turriff,
Crathes Castle Tower house 1596 Preserved NTS Banchory,
Delgatie Castle Tower house 1579 Preserved Delgatie Castle Trust Turriff,
Drum Castle Tower house with additions 13th century, 16th century Preserved NTS Drumoak,
Drumtochty Castle Castellated house 1812 Occupied Private Auchenblae,
Dundarg Castle 14th century, rebuilt 16th century Ruined Private New Aberdour, One of the Nine Castles of Knuckle
Dunnideer Castle Tower house c.1260 Ruined Private Insch,
Dunnottar Castle Courtyard castle 16th century Ruined Private Stonehaven,
Eden Castle Z-plan tower house 1577 Ruined Private Banff,
Fasque Castle Baronial house 1809 Occupied Private Fettercairn,
Fetteresso Castle Castellated house 1761 Occupied as flats Private Stonehaven, Originally a 14th century tower house
Findlater Castle Courtyard castle 14th century Ruined Private Sandend,
Castle Forbes Castellated house 1815 Occupied as a residence Chief of Clan Forbes Alford,
Castle Fraser Z-plan tower house 1636 Preserved NTS Inverurie,
Fyvie Castle Tower house 13th century with additions Preserved NTS Fyvie,
Esselmont Castle Tower house Ruined Private Ellon,
Glenbuchat Castle Z-plan tower house 1590 Ruined Historic Scotland Kildrummy,
Huntly Castle L-plan tower house 15th to 17th century Ruined Historic Scotland Huntly,
Inverallochy Castle Ruined Inverallochy, One of the Nine Castles of Knuckle
Invercauld Castle Baronial house 18th century In use as accommodation Private Royal Deeside,
Inverugie Castle Ruined Inverugie,
Kildrummy Castle Castle of enceinte 12th century Ruined Historic Scotland Kildrummy,
Kincardine Castle Baronial house 19th century In use as a residence Private Royal Deeside, 14th century ruin nearby
Kinnaird Castle Tower house 1570 In use as a lighthouse Northern Lighthouse Board Fraserburgh, Now the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, one of the Nine Castles of Knuckle
Kinnairdy Castle Tower house 14th and 16th centuries In use as accommodation Private Aberchirder,
Kindrochit Castle Keep 14th century Ruined Braemar, Founded by Malcolm Canmore in 1059
Knock Castle Tower house Ruined Historic Scotland Ballater,
Leslie Castle Tower house 14th century Restored as a residence Private Leslie,
Lonmay Castle No remains N/A Crimond, One of the Nine Castles of Knuckle
Muchalls Castle L-plan tower house 13th and 17th century Muchalls,
Castle Newe Z-plan tower house 1831 No remains N/A Strathdon, Incorporated a tower from 1604
Castle of Park In use as a residence Private Cornhill,
Pitsligo Castle 1424 Ruined Rosehearty, Also known as Pitsligo Palace, one of the Nine Castles of Knuckle
Pitullie Castle 16th century Ruined Rosehearty, One of the Nine Castles of Knuckle
Castle of Rattray Motte From 12th century No remains N/A Rattray, One of the Nine Castles of Knuckle
Ravenscraig Castle Inverugie,
Slains Castle Tower house, rebuilt as castellated house 1597, rebuilt 1837 Ruined Private Cruden Bay, "New" Slains Castle
Slains Castle Tower house 13th century Ruined Collieston, "Old" Slains Castle, destroyed 1594
Terpersie Castle Z-plan tower house 1561 Restored Private Alford,
Tolquhon Castle Courtyard castle 1589 Ruined Historic Scotland Pitmedden,

Angus

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Affleck Castle
Airlie Castle
Brechin Castle Country house 1709 Occupied Private
Brucklay Castle
Careston Castle
Colliston Castle 1545
Cortachy Castle
Ethie Castle 14th century In use as a hotel Private
Edzell Castle Courtyard castle 16th century Ruined Historic Scotland Includes a unique Renaissance garden
Farnell Castle
Finavon Castle Baronial house 1856 Still in use as a residence Private Ruined earlier castle nearby
Fordyce Castle
Forfar Castle
Glamis Castle Baronial house Still in use as a residence Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
Guthrie Castle Baronial house 1848 Still in use as a residence Private Incorporates earlier structure
Hatton Castle Z-plan tower house 1575 Occupied Private
Invermark Castle Tower house 16th century Ruined
Inverquharity Castle
Kinnaird Castle
Melgund Castle Tower house 16th century Restored as a residence Private
Red Castle Tower house 15th century Ruined

Argyll and Bute

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Achallader Castle Tower house 16th century Ruined
Ardencaple Castle
Barcaldine Castle
Calgary Castle
Carnasserie Castle Ruined Historic Scotland
Carrick Castle
Claig Castle
Craignish Castle see Craignish
Duart Castle 13th century Restored Chief of Clan McLean Isle of Mull
Dunans Castle Baronial house Ruined Glendaruel
Dunaverty Castle 13th century Ruined Kintyre
Dunderave Castle
Dunollie Castle Tower house Ruined Oban
Dunstaffnage Castle Castle of enceinte c.1220 Ruined Historic Scotland
Duntrune Castle Tower house 12th century Still in use as a residence Chief of Clan Malcolm
Dunyvaig Castle Courtyard castle Ruined Islay
Fincharn Castle
Glengorm Castle
Gylen Castle Tower house Ruined Kerrera
Innes Chonnel Castle
Inveraray Castle Castellated house 1746 Still in use as a residence Duke of Argyll Inveraray
Kames Castle Tower house 14th century Isle of Bute
Kilchurn Castle 14th century Ruined Historic Scotland Loch Awe
Kilmahew Castle Tower house Ruined Cardross
Kilmartin Castle Z-plan tower house Restored
Kilmory Castle Castellated house In use as offices Lochgilphead
Lachlan Castle Ruined
Minard Castle
Moy Castle
Rothesay Castle Shell keep 13th century Ruined Historic Scotland Rothesay
Saddell Castle See Saddell
Skipness Castle Historic Scotland
Castle Stalker
Castle Sween 12th century Ruined Historic Scotland
Tarbert Castle
Torosay Castle
Torrisdale Castle
Castle Toward Baronial house In use as education centre

Clackmannanshire

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Alloa Tower Tower house 14th century Preserved NTS
Broomhall Castle Baronial house 1874 In use as a hotel Private
Clackmannan Tower Tower house 14th century Ruin Historic Scotland
Castle Campbell Courtyard castle 15th century Ruin Historic Scotland Also known as Castle Gloom
Menstrie Castle Tower house 16th century Restored as flats Private

Dumfries and Galloway

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Abbot's Tower L-plan tower house Late 16th century Restored in 1990; in use as a residence Private
Amisfield Tower Tower house 17th century Still in use as a residence Private Also known as Hempisfield Tower
Auchen Castle Courtyard castle 14th century Ruined Private Also the name of a nearby baronial house of 1849
Auchenrivock Tower L-plan tower house Late 16th century Ruined Buccleuch Estate
Auchenskeoch Castle Z-plan tower house 17th century Ruined Only Z-plan tower in Galloway
Baldoon Castle Tower house 17th century Ruined Private
Balmangan Tower Oblong plan tower house 16th century Ruined
Barclosh Castle Oblong plan tower house Late 16th century Ruined Private
Barholm Castle Tower house 15th century Restored as a residence Private
Barjarg Tower L-plan tower house Late 16th century Progressively restored since 18th century
Barscobe Castle L-plan tower house 1648 Restored 1971 Private
Blackethouse Tower Oblong plan tower house 16th century Ruined
Blacklaw Tower Oblong plan tower house 16th century Ruined Forestry Commission
Bonshaw Tower Oblong plan tower house 16th century Preserved Private
Boreland Tower Tower House Late 16th century or early 17th century
Breckonside Pele Pele tower Late 16th or early 17th century Ruined
Breckonside Tower Oblong plan tower house c. 1591 Ruined Abandoned 1980
Brydekirk Tower Tower house 16th century Ruined Private Ruins form part of series of outbuildings at Brydekirk Mains farm
Caerlaverock Castle Courtyard castle 13th century Ruined Historic Scotland
Cardoness Castle Tower house 15th century Ruined Historic Scotland
Carsluith Castle Tower house 16th century Ruined Historic Scotland
Castle Kennedy Tower house 14th century Ruined Earl of Stair In the grounds of Lochinch Castle, extensive gardens
Castlemilk Tower Tower house 15th century Demolished c. 1707
Castle of Park Tower house 16th century Restored as holiday accommodation Historic Scotland Leased to Landmark Trust
Castle of St. John Tower house 16th century Restored as a museum Dumfries and Galloway Council
Closeburn Castle Tower house 14th century Still in use as a residence Private
Comlongon Castle Tower house 15th century Restored as a hotel Private 19th century extensions
Cornal Tower Oblong plan tower house 16th century Ruined
Corra Castle Castle Only remains are those of 17th century house Private
Crawfordton Tower Trapezoid plan tower house Ruined
Cruggleton Castle Motte and bailey 12th century Ruined Private
Cumstoun Castle Oblong plan tower house c. 1500 Ruined
Dalswinton Tower Z-plan tower house Early 16th century Ruined
Drumcoltran Tower L-plan tower house Late 16th century Preserved Historic Scotland
Drumlanrig Castle Renaissance house 17th century Still in use as a residence Duke of Buccleuch On the site of an earlier castle
Dundeugh Castle L-plan tower house 16th century Ruined Forestry Commission
Dunskey Castle Tower house 16th century Ruined Private
Earsltoun Castle L-plan tower house 16th century Decayed but roof maintained Private Used as farm store
Edingham Castle Oblong plan tower house 16th century Ruined
Eliock Castle Tower house 16th century Ruined
Elshieshields Tower Tower house 16th century Restored
Fourmerkland Tower Oblong plan tower house 1590 Preserved
Frenchland Tower Oblong plan tower house Late 16th or early 17th century Ruined
Friars Carse
Gillesbie Tower Oblong plan tower house 16th century Ruined
Gilnockie Tower Tower house 16th century Restored as a residence Private Also known as Hollows Tower
Glenae Tower Tower house 16th century Ruined Entrance reminiscent of bastle-house or pele-house
Hills Tower Oblong plan tower house 16th century Restored c. 1930 Retains barmkin and gatehouse
Hoddom Castle Fortified enclosure containing L-plan tower house 1565 Preserved
Isle Tower Oblong plan tower house 1587 Preserved
Kenmure Castle Castle 16th century
Kinnelhead Bastle-House Oblong plan bastle-house Ruined
Kirkconnell Tower Tower house 15th century Still in use as a residence Private
Lag Tower Oblong plan tower house Ruined
Langholm Tower Tower house 16th century Ruined
Lochar Tower Rectangular plan tower house 16th century Ruined
Lochhouse Tower Oblong plan tower house 16th century Restored as a residence Private
Lochinch Castle Baronial house 1867 Still in use as a residence Earl of Stair
Lochmaben Castle Castle of enceinte 14th century Ruined Historic Scotland
Lochwood Castle L-plan tower house 15th century Ruined Private Also known as Lochwood Tower
Lochnaw Castle Tower house 16th century Large 17th century additions
Lockerbie Tower Oblong plan tower house 16th century Demolished 1967 Site cleared to make way for present police station
MacLellan's Castle Tower house 16th century Ruined Historic Scotland
Mellingshaw Tower Tower house 16th century Ruined
Morton Castle Courtyard castle 15th century Ruined Historic Scotland Preceded by a 13th century castle
Mouswald Tower Oblong plan tower house c. 1562 Ruined
Orchardton Tower Tower house 15th century Ruined Historic Scotland
Raecleugh Tower Tower house Ruined
Repentance Tower Tower house 1565 Preserved Private
Robgill Tower Tower house
Sanquhar Castle Courtyard castle 15th century Ruined Private Partially restored in the 19th century
Sorbie Tower Tower house 16th century Ruined Historic Scotland
Threave Castle Tower house 14th century Ruined Historic Scotland
Tibber's Castle Motte and bailey 13th century Ruined Private
Torthorwald Castle Motte and bailey 14th century Ruined Private

City of Dundee

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Broughty Castle Tower house 15th century In use as a museum Dundee City Council
Claypotts Castle Z-plan tower house 16th century Preserved Historic Scotland
Dudhope Castle Extended tower house 15th century In use as offices Dundee City Council
Mains Castle Courtyard castle 16th century Preserved Private
Powrie Castle Z-plan tower house 16th century Ruined Private 17th century wing restored

East Ayrshire

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Barr Castle Tower house 15th century In use as a museum Galston Also known as Lockhart Tower
Busbie Castle Tower house 14th century No remains N/A Knockentiber Demolished in the 1950s. See Knockentiber
Caprington Castle Tower house 15th century Still in use as a residence Private Near Kilmarnock Extended to form a baronial house in the 1830s
Carnell Castle Tower house 15th century Still in use as a residence and hotel Private Extended to form a baronial house in 1843
Cessnock Castle Tower house 13th century Restored as a residence Private Galston
Corsehill Castle Tower house Ruined Stewarton See Corsehill, Lainshaw, Robertland and Dunlop
Craufurdland Castle Tower house 14th century Still in use as a residence Private Near Kilmarnock Extended to form a gothic house in the 19th century
Dean Castle Courtyard Castle 14th century Restored as a museum East Ayrshire Council Kilmarnock Restored 1935-6
Dunlop Castle See Corsehill, Lainshaw, Robertland and Dunlop
Kilmaurs Castle Ruined Replaced by later Kilmaurs Place
Kingencleuch Castle
Lainshaw Castle See Corsehill, Lainshaw, Robertland and Dunlop
Lochdoon Castle Ruined Historic Scotland
Loudoun Castle Ruined In the grounds of a theme park
Mauchline Castle
Newmilns Tower
Ravenscraig Castle Ruined See Corsehill, Lainshaw, Robertland and Dunlop
Riccarton Castle
Robertland Castle See Corsehill, Lainshaw, Robertland and Dunlop
Sorn Castle
Templehouse Fortalice See Corsehill, Lainshaw, Robertland and Dunlop
Terringzean Castle
Trabboch Castle

East Dunbartonshire

Name Type Date Condition Ownership location Notes
Bardowie Castle tower house 16th C restored private Bardowie
Craigend Castle castellated mansion 1812 ruin Mugdock Country Park Milngavie built on old castle site

East Lothian

Name Type Date Condition Ownership location Notes
Auldhame Castle tower house 16th C ruin Seacliff
Ballencrieff Castle tower house 1507, 1586 restored private; next to pig farm Ballencrieff
Barnes Castle uncompleted castle ruin Haddington
Extensive castle planned, but never completed above the vaults.
The Bass curtain wall & keep 16th C ruin open for visitors (via boat trip) Bass Rock
later adapted for artillery; stone used to build lighthouse
Black Castle site Cockburnspath
some remains existed until c.1800
Dirleton Castle fortress 13th C partly ruined Historic Scotland Dirleton
Dunbar Castle ruin free access Dunbar
Fa'side Castle tower house (altered keep) keep: 15th C restored 1970s private; stud farm, B&B Tranent
also known as Fawside and Falside
Fenton Tower tower house 1587 restored luxury hotel, wedding venue North Berwick
Garleton Castle courtyard castle 16th C partially converted dwelling, with ruin private Haddington
Hailes Castle keep & ranges keep: 14th C ruin Historic Scotland; free access East Linton
ranges and towers 15th-16th C
Luffness Castle tower house 16th C altered private Aberlady
castle on site from 13th C
Preston Tower keep 15th C ruin NTS; free access (exterior view & garden & doocot) Prestonpans, next to Hamilton House
Two storeys added in 17th C. Currently in council-maintained grounds.
Redhouse Castle courtyard castle 16th C ruin free access through market garden Longniddry
Saltoun Castle Elizabethan house 16th C occupied private Pencaitland
building incorporates remnants of 12th C castle
Stoneypath Tower tower house 16th C restored Nunraw Abbey
Tantallon Castle courtyard castle 14th C ruin Historic Scotland, entrance fee North Berwick
Whittingehame keep 15th C occupied Balfour family; private East Linton
Yester Castle castle & keep 13th C ruin private Gifford
also known as the Goblin Ha'

East Renfrewshire

Name Type Date Condition Ownership location Notes
Mearns Castle Tower house 15th century Restored as a church

City of Edinburgh

Name Type Date Condition Ownership location Notes
Craigmillar Castle keep & later ranges 14th C ruin Historic Scotland towers and curtain wall added 15th C; walled courtyard 16th C
Craiglockhart Castle tower house 13th C ruin
Dundas Castle keep 15th C ruin private
Edinburgh Castle fortress 15th C complete Historic Scotland Edinburgh site of various castle since before 10th C
Lauriston Castle tower house 16th C altered; occupied City of Edinburgh Council
Liberton Tower tower house 17th C occupied private ownership; open by appt.
Merchiston Castle keep 15th C altered Napier University

Falkirk

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Airth Castle
Almond Castle
Blackness Castle Historic Scotland
Castle Cary Castle
Elphinstone Tower

Fife

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Aberdour Castle Historic Scotland
Arnot Tower
Balgonie Castle
Ballinbreich Castle
Collairnie Castle
Couston Castle
Culross Palace Historic Scotland
Dairsie Castle
Denmylne Castle
Earlshall Castle
Falkland Palace Historic House National Trust for Scotland
Fernie Castle
Fordell Castle
Halyards Palace Ruin
Kellie Castle National Trust for Scotland
Lochore Castle
Lordscairnie Castle
MacDuff Castle Ruin
Myres Castle
Newark Castle
Pitreavie Castle
Ravenscraig Castle mid-15th century Ruin Historic Scotland Kirkcaldy in the grounds of Ravenscraig Park
Rossend Castle
Rosyth Castle
Rumgally House
St Andrews Castle Ruin Historic Scotland
Scotstarvit Tower Historic Scotland
Wemyss Castle Historic House

City of Glasgow

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Bishop's Castle, Glasgow
Cathcart Castle
Crookston Castle Historic Scotland
Haggs Castle
Partick Castle

Highland

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Achnacarry Castle
Ackergill Tower
Ardtornish Castle
Ardvreck Castle
Armadale Castle
Balnagown Castle
Beaufort Castle
Braal Castle
Brahan Castle
Brims Castle
Caisteal Maol
Carbisdale Castle
Castle Chanonry of Ross
Castle of Mey Historic House
Cawdor Castle Historic House
Castle Craig
Dalcross Castle
Dornoch Castle
Dounreay Castle See Dounreay
Dunbeath Castle
Dun Ringill
Dunrobin Castle Castle open
Dunscaith Castle
Duntulm Castle
Dunvegan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle Dornie
Erchless Castle
Foulis Castle
Freswick
Glengarry Castle
Castle Grant
Invergarry Castle
Inverlochy Castle
Inverness Castle
Keiss Ruin
Kilravock Castle
Kinloch Castle
Kinlochaline Castle
Knock Castle Ruin
Castle Leod
Lochindorb Castle
Milntown Castle
Mingarry Castle
Moniack Castle
Newmore Castle
Ormlie
Ormond Castle Also known as Avoch Castle
Rait Castle
Red Castle
Scrabster Castle
Sinclair & Girnigoe Castle
Skibo Castle
Strome Castle National Trust for Scotland
Castle Stuart
Teaninich Castle
Castle Tioram
Tor Castle
Tulloch Castle
Urquhart Castle Historic Scotland

Inverclyde

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Ardgowan Tower Ruin
Castle Levan 14th C. Restored
Castle Wemyss Historic House c.1850 Demolished
Duchal Castle Ruin
Dunrod Castle See Inverkip
Easter Greenock Castle 16th C. No remains
Newark Castle 1478 Historic Scotland

Midlothian

Name Type Date Condition Ownership location Notes
Borthwick Castle tower house 1430 complete private hotel Gorebridge
Crichton Castle courtyard castle 14th C ruin Historic Scotland Gorebridge
Dalhousie Castle tower house 16th C altered private hotel Dalhousie incororates remains of 13th C castle
Dalkeith Castle mansion 18th C complete private ownership; ground open regularly Dalkeith incorporates reamins of 12th C castle
Hawthornden Castle tower house 17th C complete private Loanhead inorporates ruined 15th C keep
Melville Castle castellated mansion 18th C restored private hotel Dalkeith built on site of earlier castle
Newbattle Castle fortified house 17th C altered College of Education Dalkeith also known as Newbattle Abbey; incorporates remains of abbey
Roslin Castle keep & ranges 14th C partly complete Earl of Rosslyn; Landmark Trust- managed holiday accommodation Roslin ranges date from 15th-16th C

Moray

Name Type Date Condition Ownership location Notes
Aikenway Castle Ruined
Asliesk Castle Ruined
Auchindoun Castle, Dufftown Ruined
Ballindalloch Castle Historic House Private
Balvenie Castle, Dufftown Ruined
Blairfindy Castle Ruined
Blervie Castle Ruined
Brodie Castle fortified house complete National Trust for Scotland Open to public
Burgie Castle Ruined
Coxton Tower Ruined
Craigneach Castle No remains
Cullen Castle Ruined
Darnaway Castle Historic house
Deskie Castle No remains
Deskford Tower Ruined
Drumin Castle Ruined
Duffus Castle Ruined Historic Scotland Open to public. Free entry
Dunphail Castle Ruined
Elgin Castle Ruined
Earnside Castle No remains
Findochty Castle Ruined
Forres Castle No remains
Gauldwell Castle Historic house Ruined
Gordon Castle Historic house Private
Hempriggs Castle No remains
Inverugie Castle No remains
Kilbuaick Castle No remains
Kininvie Castle Private
Kinneddar Castle No remains
Pitlurg Castle Ruined
Rothes Castle Ruined
Rothiemay Castle Ruined
Spynie Palace Ruined Historic Scotland Open to public. Entry fee
Skeith Castle No remains
Castle Stripe Ruined
Tor Castle, Dallas Ruined
Tronach Castle No remains
Quarrelwood Castle No remains

North Ayrshire

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Ardrossan Castle Ruin
Auchenharvie Castle Ruin
Broadstone Castle
Brodick Castle Historic House National Trust for Scotland
Clonbeith Castle Ruin
Cunninghamhead Castle
Eglinton Castle Ruin
Giffen castle
Glengarnock Castle Ruin
Kelburn Castle Castle open
Kerelaw Castle Ruin
Kilbirnie Place
Kildonan Castle
Law Castle
Lochranza Castle Historic Scotland Lochranza
Montgreenan Castle Ruin
Pitcon
Portencross Castle
Rowallan Castle Historic Scotland
Skelmorlie Castle
Stanecastle Ruin

North Lanarkshire

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Bedlay Castle
Dalzell House

Orkney

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Balfour Castle
The Bishop's Palace Ruin Historic Scotland
Earls Palace Birsay Historic Scotland
Earl's Palace, Kirkwall Ruin Historic Scotland
Kirkwall Castle
Noltland Castle

Perth and Kinross

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Ardblair Castle
Ashintully Castle
Balhousie Castle
Balvaird Castle Historic Scotland
Blackcraig Castle
Burleigh Castle Historic Scotland
Castle Huntly (HM Prison)
Craighall Castle
Dalnagar Castle
Drummond Castle
Dupplin Castle
Elcho Castle Tower house Historic Scotland
Finlarig Castle
Forter Castle
Huntingtower Castle Historic Scotland
Kinfauns Castle
Kinnaird Castle, Kinnaird
Lethendy Tower
Loch Leven Castle Ruin Historic Scotland
Meggernie Castle
Megginch Castle
Castle Menzies
Methven Castle
Murthly Castle
Newton Castle
Taymouth Castle
Tullibole Castle

Renfrewshire

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Barr Castle
Blackhall Manor
Belltrees Peel
Castle Semple
Cochrane Castle
Erskine Castle
Gryffe Castle
Hawkhead Castle
Houston Castle
Inch Castle
Inchinnan Castle
Johnstone Castle
Ranfurly Castle Ruin
Renfrew Castle
Stanely Castle

Scottish Borders

Name Type Date Condition Ownership location Notes
Branxholme Castle Tower house
Cessford Castle
Cranshaws Tower
Dryhope Tower
Duns Castle
Edrington Castle
Fast Castle courtyard castle ruin Hall family
open: free
Coldingham
Fatlips Castle
Ferniehirst Castle
Floors Castle house 1721 occupied Duke of Roxburghe Kelso ruins of Roxburgh castle in the grounds
Fulton Tower
Greenknowe Tower
Hume Castle Greenlaw
Hermitage Castle keep ruin Historic Scotland Newcastleton
Jedburgh Castle demolished 1409 Jedburgh
Kirkhope Tower
Mervinslaw Pele pele tower ruin
Neidpath Castle keep 14th C private ownership; open regularly Peebles NT236405 Extensively remodelled in 16th C
Newark Castle
Nisbet House House 1630 Restoration Private Duns West Tower added 1774
Roxburgh Castle
Smailholm Tower Historic Scotland
Thirlestane Castle
Traquair House fortified house occupied private ownership; open regularly
Venlaw
Wedderburn Castle
Whitslaid Tower

Shetland

Name Type Date Condition Ownership location Notes
Muness Castle tower house 1598 ruin Historic Scotland, free site Unst
Scalloway Castle tower house 1600 ruin Historic Scotland, free site Scalloway

South Ayrshire

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Baltersan Castle
Barr Castle Lodge St Peter 331 Galston
Blairquhan Castle
Culzean Castle Historic House National Trust for Scotland
Dundonald Castle Historic Scotland
Dunure Castle
Glenapp Castle
Greenan Castle
Penkill Castle
Sundrum Castle
Thomaston Castle
Turnberry Castle

South Lanarkshire

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Bothwell Castle Ruin Historic Scotland
Cadzow Castle Ruin Historic Scotland
Craignethan Castle Ruin Historic Scotland
Crawford Castle Ruin Also known as Lindsay Tower
Douglas Castle Ruin Also known as Castle Dangerous
Gilbertfield Castle Ruin
Tower of Hallbar
Lee Castle Historic House
Rutherglen Castle No Remains
Strathaven Castle Ruin

Stirling

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Buchanan Castle Ruin
Craigend Castle Ruin
Culcreuch Castle
Doune Castle
Edinample Castle
Mugdock Castle Ruin
Plane Tower
Stirling Castle

West Dunbartonshire

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Dumbarton Castle Garrison Fortress 17-18th C Dumbarton
The site was the centre of the Kingdom of Strathclyde. Open to public, admission fee.
Dunglass Castle Ruin
Balloch Castle 1809 Glasgow
Ruins of the original medieval castle still remain.

West Lothian

Name Type Date Condition Ownership location Notes
Duntarvie Castle tower house 16th C undergoing restoration private South Queensferry
House of the Binns castellated house 17th C complete National Trust for Scotland Linlithgow
Stands on the site of an earlier castle
Linlithgow Palace courtyard palace 15th C ruin Historic Scotland Linlithgow built on site of 12th C castle
Niddry Castle keep 15th C restored & occupied private Broxburn

Western Isles (na h-Eileanan Siar)

Name Type Date Condition Ownership Location Notes
Amhuinnsuidhe Castle Historic house Amhuinnsuidhe Castle Estate Harris
Ardvourlie Castle
Kisimul Castle restored Clan MacNeil and Historic Scotland Castlebay, Barra
Open to public, admission fee.
Lews Castle Historic house 19th C Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Stornoway, Lewis
The castle is a Category A listed building.
Ormacleit Castle

Fictional Castles

See also

Notes

References

  • Coventry, Martin (2001) The Castles of Scotland, 3rd Ed. Scotland: Goblinshead ISBN 1899874267

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